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Denovan Chikona replied to Denovan Chikona's discussion Getting started working with travel agencies
"Hi Baraka With Pleasure"
13 hours ago
Denovan Chikona replied to Denovan Chikona's discussion Getting started working with travel agencies
"Hi Roko Karan With pleasure and lets us get in touch and have a pleased day."
13 hours ago
Music Mosey replied to Music Mosey's discussion Tour Operator Software
"Thanks, I'll send a demo request through the site"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to bush2cityadventure's discussion Looking For a Partner
"Hi Wilson Great question and one that comes up quite often KEY thing is - there is quite a supply of companies to partner with from Tanzania. I think I heard that there are at least 200 local companies who are local who do Kilimanjaro tours,…"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Music Mosey's discussion Tour Operator Software
"Hi there Quite a few day tour / low volume res system companies out there - probably charging anywhere between 3-5% of your business. They are all very good - and will do what you need. Or you can come to systems such as TourCMS that are more for…"
yesterday
Music Mosey replied to Music Mosey's discussion Tour Operator Software
"Hi Alex, thanks for your reply. I'm planning to run x 2 two hour walking tours around the city per day. I plan to do both but not sure which agents to approach ! At the moment it's just a single tour guide. Regards"
yesterday
Ricky Bedford replied to Ricky Bedford's discussion Holiday caravan site expansion query
"Hi Alex, This page on their website has pictures of their "accommodation" modular buildings, and they do look much more more spacious than our standard caravans: http://www.portakabin.co.uk/living-accommodation.html I think with a…"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Ricky Bedford's discussion Holiday caravan site expansion query
"Hi Ricky Interesting question (by which I mean, not quite in my area of expertise) Do you have any photos of portakabins done up nicely for accommodation? Can you get the level of luxury that would deliver a higher nightly rate? I come from a…"
yesterday
bush2cityadventure posted a discussion

Looking For a Partner

Hello!Am Wilson from Bush 2 City Adventurewe are middle sized company located in Arusha, Tanzania specialized in offering various types of tourist activities packages  ranging from organizing safari, mountain climbing, cultural tour, to beach tour.our market is currently focused on Canada, USA and UK but were looking forward to expand to Asia.so if your are within these countries and interested please feel free to contact us…See More
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Music Mosey's discussion Tour Operator Software
"Hello there Are they day tours or multi-day? Do you sell direct to customers or via agents? Are you a complex business - or a single tour guide?  Depending upon your answer, there are various appropriate solutions for you"
Wednesday
Music Mosey posted a discussion

Tour Operator Software

Hi, just need some direction on a reputable company to provide a software solution for my walking tour business. I've spoken to one but want to compare with others. Any ideas ?ThanksSee More
Wednesday
Roko Karan replied to Anastasija's discussion Setting up an online travel agency in UK
"I dont want to discourage You,but there are only a few business sectors definitely to bring an awesome kick back.Best of luck."
Wednesday
Roko Karan replied to Anastasija's discussion Setting up an online travel agency in UK
"Hi there,dear.If You are already investing in something.do it right,invest in:Banks,stocks,etc.Travel,much like any other business is under a central monopoly of few,but people will always need:food,money,water etc.I am just saying.Its not everyones…"
Wednesday
Roko Karan replied to Denovan Chikona's discussion Getting started working with travel agencies
"Hi there.I am interested in Your country of Botswana for my future Botswana Travel Phrasebook Project.Lets get to know each other.PM me here.And Hi,Alex."
Wednesday
y patel replied to Shin Cheuge's discussion How to sell flight tickets on own website
"i need one too"
Wednesday
Will Plummer replied to Ed Oram's discussion Help our UK start up with insurance / setup question!
"Hi Ed,  You are correct with regard to point c) though you would need to have a trustee and some sort of trust deed to govern the bank account otherwise it is nothing more than an alternative bank account for your business. There may obviously…"
Wednesday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Ed Oram's discussion Help our start up!
"Hello Ed The second part that you haven't mentioned is taking payments (so yes its possible to get more complex!)  You may not think it is associated  however in order to be able to take credit cards, the merchant account provider…"
Wednesday
Ed Oram posted a discussion

Help our start up!

So my friend and I are looking to start up our own travel company. We haven't thrown any capital into the business and the start-up is as cheap as possible. We have a good idea how the business will trade and what our target market is. I'm having trouble understanding the legal side as the deeper I delve, the more complicated it seems to get.Here's the problem. After reading numerous pages and articles on the Package Travel Regulations 92 laws, I'm still not certain if the business falls into…See More
Tuesday
Tony replied to Alex Almeida's discussion Business coaches - any suggestions?
"Hi Alex I just stumbled (as you do) on this thread while researching something completely different for a colleague. I am a former tour operator (outbound) and a performance coach. I am currently working with a DMC (not European). I might be able…"
Tuesday
Ben Stokes replied to Suriya Stahel's discussion Looking for a good DMC in Indonesia
"I work with come2indonesia they are a small company but still operate like a DMC and are great."
Tuesday
 

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Getting started working with travel agencies 5 Replies

I am very excited to be part of Small Fish Big Ocean family and am so thankful for management for approving my membership.I am a tour operator based in Southern Africa in the country so…Continue

Tags: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

Started by Denovan Chikona in The foyer. Last reply by Denovan Chikona 13 hours ago.

Tour Operator Software 4 Replies

Hi, just need some direction on a reputable company to provide a software solution for my walking tour business. I've spoken to one but want to compare with others. Any ideas ?ThanksContinue

Started by Music Mosey in The foyer. Last reply by Music Mosey yesterday.

Looking For a Partner 1 Reply

Hello!Am Wilson from Bush 2 City Adventurewe are middle sized company located in Arusha, Tanzania specialized in offering various types of tourist activities packages  ranging from organizing safari,…Continue

Started by bush2cityadventure in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge yesterday.

Holiday caravan site expansion query 2 Replies

Hello everyone,I am the co-owner of a static caravan site on the south coast of England. It's a very beautiful location and as such business is booming - so much so that we're considering expanding…Continue

Started by Ricky Bedford in The foyer. Last reply by Ricky Bedford yesterday.

Setting up an online travel agency in UK 31 Replies

Hello to all Small Fishes!!!I am a new-comer in this site as well as to travel business. So, don´t be surprised by my REALLY beginner-questions.My plan is to start-up with a Host Agency (or couple of…Continue

Started by Anastasija in The clinic. Last reply by Roko Karan on Wednesday.

How to sell flight tickets on own website 3 Replies

Dear,We are a small tour operator in Scotland. We provide guided tours for those Fast East travel agencies for UK coverage. Now we are thinking to expande our business, to allows us to book flight…Continue

Started by Shin Cheuge in The clinic. Last reply by y patel on Wednesday.

Help our UK start up with insurance / setup question! 2 Replies

So my friend and I are looking to start up our own travel company. We haven't thrown any capital into the business and the start-up is as cheap as possible. We have a good idea how the business will…Continue

Started by Ed Oram in The clinic. Last reply by Will Plummer on Wednesday.

Business coaches - any suggestions? 5 Replies

Hi.I am looking for a business coach that has experience in tourism and works with small businesses to help us decide the next steps for our growing local tour company.I was wondering if any of you…Continue

Started by Alex Almeida in The foyer. Last reply by Tony on Tuesday.

Looking for a good DMC in Indonesia 1 Reply

My group travel business would like to plan a trip to Bali mid next year and I need a good DMC to help organize our trip. Any good ones you've worked with?

Tags: bali, indonesia, Dmc

Started by Suriya Stahel in The foyer. Last reply by Ben Stokes on Tuesday.

Starting up an Accommodation only business 6 Replies

Good afternoon,I really hope people can help with a little advise. I need to clear up a few questions that i have to help me move my business forward. I am wanting to start up an accommodation only…Continue

Started by claire in The clinic. Last reply by Karmen Smith on Monday.

International tour operator in Switzerland

Hello, I recently opened a group travel business (travel club) in Switzerland, and am I'm looking for recommendations of a good tour operator in Switzerland which offers international tours. Any…Continue

Tags: tour, swiss, Switzerland

Started by Suriya Stahel in The foyer on Sunday.

Attracting Hosts / families + local guides 1 Reply

Hello,A big part of my travel business is real cultural immersion & living like a local. As such I'd like to set people up with hosts/families in certain locations but am wondering the best way…Continue

Started by Alex Curtis in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Sunday.

Looking for a tour operator world wide who can market our packages. 4 Replies

In East Africa, get ready to have an epic safari experience. The wildlife that you will view as you travel through Kenya and Tanzania’s most renowned National Parks will leave you astounded!  Join us…Continue

Started by Mary Temba in The foyer. Last reply by Baraka Oct 17.

Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract 74 Replies

I know this is a long shot but hey it might be worth asking!!! I have some travel agents that want to stock my tours, I want to write a contract, I don't want to pay a solicitor a lot of money. Does…Continue

Started by Richard Goodey in The foyer. Last reply by Baraka Oct 17.

How to best market my African safari tour company? 2 Replies

With a Tanzanian friend who is an experienced safari driver/guide, I have started Maasai Flag Expeditions. We organize and conduct safaris to the parks in Tanzania, mountain climbs up Mount…Continue

Started by Maasai Flag Expeditions, Ltd in The foyer. Last reply by Baraka Oct 17.

Looking for UK tour operator partner for our project selling destination UK to the Chinese 3 Replies

We are 2 China experts who (very) recently launched a company focused on the growing Chinese market for luxury UK tours. We did this because of the vast potential of this relatively poorly catered…Continue

Tags: Business Partner, UK

Started by Tom Gracey in The foyer. Last reply by Chris Bocsardy Oct 16.

How to attract partners for an inbound Kenya local travel agent 5 Replies

We are a tourism services Kenyan registered company that provides quality and affordable services to our clients, offering exciting tourism safari and management packages within Kenya and other East…Continue

Started by Isaac Waithaka in The foyer. Last reply by Baraka Oct 15.

Feedback on my Bus roadtrip Service. 4 Replies

Here is my website. I run a cross between a bus service and Tour road trip.In 9 Seaters. Not had any sales yet but I don't Start till the 28th November. Been Using Facebook Ads and Adwords so far.any…Continue

Started by joel osman in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Oct 14.

Tailor-made Itinerary Creation Software 1 Reply

Hello hello,We're a group tour operator but we are getting increasing tailor-made inquiries. Could anyone recommend a cost-effective software that will allow us to quickly make up itineraries? We're…Continue

Started by Radha in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Oct 14.

Using "Pay No Booking Fees" as one of your selling points 1 Reply

Hello members?We're upcoming tour booking site only selling all African tours and activities, handling all bookings ourselves.We want to compete effectively with big guys out there like GetyourGuide…Continue

Started by Baraka in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Oct 14.

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