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Will Plummer replied to Ahmet Guler's discussion Pointers for Financial Failure Insurance Application
"Hi Ahmet, Are you set on financial failure insurance rather than a trust account or other method of protection? Drop me a line on will.plummer@trustmytravel.com we do have an insurance policy based around our trust account and we are always happy to…"
18 hours ago
Ahmet Guler replied to Ahmet Guler's discussion Pointers for Financial Failure Insurance Application
"Does anyone have any idea about what percentage of the start up applicants can actually qualify for financial failure insurance. Everywhere I read the insurers say it's difficult for start ups to get it. "
23 hours ago
Narayan Pokhrel posted a discussion

Travel Agents

Hi all,I thought it's a great platform to share experience and seek advice and assistance where needed.I represent a travel company trading as tour operator registered in England. The company sells wide range of holidays to South Asia. The holidays prices are extremely competitive and we have satisfactory response from direct customers. However, we feel that, it would great we are able to work with travel agents or any other relevant distribution channel that sells our package in high volume.I…See More
yesterday
Charlie Bladon posted a discussion

Pricing a handling agency agreement - what's normal?

HiWe've been very happy running our own tours for ourselves but have been asked to price a few trips for a couple of large operators, where we would act as a handling agent for them.Can anyone give any pointers to what they might expect to make? On the one hand I don't want to underprice our services but I also want them to get something out of it so that both parties are in a happy and mutually beneficial relationship. We're talking about group tours, 10 to 20 people, retail prices would be…See More
yesterday
Ahmet Guler posted a discussion

Pointers for Financial Failure Insurance Application

Hi,We are a new tour operator based in the UK providing boat holidays in Turkey, the Greek Islands and Croatia. We're in the process of applying for financial failure insurance. As we are a new business they ask for lots of documents such as business plans etc. Any tips on how to produce a good business plan to qualify for this insurance. What do they look out for most on a business plan? What would be a must have and must not have on a good plan? Do you know if they help with T&Cs assuming…See More
yesterday
Charlie Bladon replied to Charlie Morton's discussion Currencies Direct?
"Only just joined here, but we use CD and they are excellent. Easy, quick, good rate. Cannot recommend them enough."
yesterday
Mr. Aschalew Negusie replied to Artium Dostman's discussion Looking for tour operators partners all over the world !
"Bitanya tour and Travel agent Plc   Contact: - Bitanya Tour and Travel Agent plc                   E-mail:- trip@bitanya-tour.com                   Web    :-www.bitanya-tour.com                   …"
Tuesday
ANTHONY AUGUSTUS posted a discussion

TOUR PARTNERS SOLICITED

Hello Everybody,I am looking for tour partners for the following destinations: New York, Mauritius and Dubai.  We are a small start up with a dedicated network base of customers that we have been able to sustain and enlarge the last two years.  Forum members, please do not hesitate to recommend me service providers whom you know fit my request.I will be delighted to hear from you.   I thank you all in advance.With Best Wishes,ANTHONY AUGUSTUSaugustus.igoindia@gmail.comSee More
Saturday
Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza replied to Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza's discussion Looking for volunteers to assist us build our tour company?
"Hi Alex Thank you for your reply. Basically we are looking for volunteers to help build our system and itineraries (tour packages) .In this regard we are looking for tour companies and organisations that we would partner with to  look for…"
Dec 12
Alex Bainbridge replied to Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza's discussion Looking for volunteers to assist us build our tour company?
"Hello! Thank you for posting here! What do you want the volunteers to do? You want volunteers to volunteer in Zambia or do you want them to volunteer to help build your system to help you find students? Thanks! Alex"
Dec 11
Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza posted a discussion

Looking for volunteers to assist us build our tour company?

Hi Everyone,We are looking for tour companies and any organization that can be interested to connect us to Universities or Colleges interested to  volunteer with our tour company  to assist us build  tourism related activities in Zambia.Lastly,Our blog is www.ycezambia.blogspot.com   and we are also in process to build a website.Thanks,See More
Dec 11
Edward D Robb posted a discussion

How do you use social media to generate revenue within your organisation?

In our blog this week, we discuss how perhaps the 'traditional' ways of using social media within your companies have become obsolete. "Is the initial gold rush of open social networks behind us" We suggest a few new ways to consider using these tools with the sole aim of generating revenue for your organisation. Give it a read…See More
Dec 11
Matt Purser posted a discussion

ATOL SEMINAR - Changes to ATOL Regulations

For those that either hold an ATOL or are looking at applying for an ATOL, we (Travel Trade Consultancy) are running some free seminars on the likely changes to the ATOL Regulaions, how businesses could be affected and what their options are going forward.The day is split into two with Small Business ATOL holders being discussed in the morning and standard ATOL holders in the afternoon.Please click on the links below to register and as the events are already 60% full please register asap.Many…See More
Dec 9
Mila Shrestha replied to Artium Dostman's discussion Looking for tour operators partners all over the world !
"Hi Artium, Warm Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal.Get in touch for all kinds of soft adventure holiday packages in Nepal. Thanks "
Dec 9
Paul Hunt replied to Rita Cassar's discussion Looking for weddings tours operators as partners
"Please let me know if you need a contact in UK. I am looking into delivering a service for wedding tours."
Dec 8
James Thomas replied to James Thomas's discussion recommend a travel insurance company for my customers
"Thanks Matt, I'll check them out. regards, james"
Dec 8
Mila Shrestha replied to Rita Cassar's discussion Looking for weddings tours operators as partners
"Hi Rita ? How about wedding in Nepal ? at the Base Camp of Everest 5545m or Base Camp of Annapurna 4120 m ? Thanks Mila"
Dec 6
Mila Shrestha replied to Evan's discussion How does one find tour activity providers
"Hi Evan, how about publishing Nepal tour activity ?  "
Dec 6
Corrie Renton posted a discussion

Automating the calculation of quotes

Hi,We are a golf holiday tour operator and we have got to that stage where providing prospects with quotes is a complex manual process due to the number of different components which comprise of it (accommodation, multiple golf courses to play on different days, transfers, discounting due to group size etc)Does anyone have any recommendations for a system which could help us try and automate this process? Ideally one where we can manually input rates and discounting / pricing rules and then use…See More
Dec 6
Matt Purser replied to James Thomas's discussion recommend a travel insurance company for my customers
"Hi James Because of the FCA compliance issues you would need to be an appointed representative of the insurer. A couple that you could work with are Travel & General and Citybond. Regards Matt Purser www.traveltradeconsultancy.co.uk"
Dec 5
 

Forum

Pointers for Financial Failure Insurance Application 2 Replies

Hi,We are a new tour operator based in the UK providing boat holidays in Turkey, the Greek Islands and Croatia. We're in the process of applying for financial failure insurance. As we are a new…Continue

Started by Ahmet Guler in The foyer. Last reply by Will Plummer 18 hours ago.

Travel Agents

Hi all,I thought it's a great platform to share experience and seek advice and assistance where needed.I represent a travel company trading as tour operator registered in England. The company sells…Continue

Tags: Burma, Sri, Lanka, Bhutan, Tibet

Started by Narayan Pokhrel in The foyer yesterday.

Pricing a handling agency agreement - what's normal?

HiWe've been very happy running our own tours for ourselves but have been asked to price a few trips for a couple of large operators, where we would act as a handling agent for them.Can anyone give…Continue

Started by Charlie Bladon in The foyer yesterday.

Currencies Direct? 2 Replies

Does anyone have any experience of making payments using Currencies Direct? The exchange rate seems very good....too good??!!ThanksContinue

Started by Charlie Morton in The clinic. Last reply by Charlie Bladon yesterday.

Looking for tour operators partners all over the world ! 56 Replies

Hi , we are a tour operator company located in Israel .we are looking for partnership with all the local tour operators world- wide and adding their tours to our API website ( better if they have the…Continue

Started by Artium Dostman in The foyer. Last reply by Mr. Aschalew Negusie on Tuesday.

TOUR PARTNERS SOLICITED

Hello Everybody,I am looking for tour partners for the following destinations: New York, Mauritius and Dubai.  We are a small start up with a dedicated network base of customers that we have been…Continue

Started by ANTHONY AUGUSTUS in The foyer on Saturday.

Looking for volunteers to assist us build our tour company? 2 Replies

Hi Everyone,We are looking for tour companies and any organization that can be interested to connect us to Universities or Colleges interested to  volunteer with our tour company  to assist us build…Continue

Started by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Dec 12.

How do you use social media to generate revenue within your organisation?

In our blog this week, we…Continue

Tags: Make, it, Booking, Group, Media

Started by Edward D Robb in The foyer Dec 11.

ATOL SEMINAR - Changes to ATOL Regulations

For those that either hold an ATOL or are looking at applying for an ATOL, we (Travel Trade Consultancy) are running some free seminars on the likely changes to the ATOL Regulaions, how businesses…Continue

Tags: ATOL

Started by Matt Purser in The clinic Dec 9.

Looking for weddings tours operators as partners 14 Replies

Hi I am looking for wedding tours operators from every part of the word can anyone help please ?Thanks RitaContinue

Started by Rita Cassar in The foyer. Last reply by Paul Hunt Dec 8.

recommend a travel insurance company for my customers 2 Replies

Hi,In the past I've always told my customers to get their own insurance. But can anyone recommend a company.... who may work on a affiliate/commission basis ;)Selling to inbound…Continue

Started by James Thomas in The foyer. Last reply by James Thomas Dec 8.

How does one find tour activity providers 8 Replies

We are in the process of developing an on-line tour activity site and we are looking at on how to best streamline the process of getting activity suppliers on-board mainly form Europe, Pacific and…Continue

Started by Evan in The foyer. Last reply by Mila Shrestha Dec 6.

Automating the calculation of quotes

Hi,We are a golf holiday tour operator and we have got to that stage where providing prospects with quotes is a complex manual process due to the number of different components which comprise of it…Continue

Started by Corrie Renton in The clinic Dec 6.

How do we find Travel Agents to promote our products at a commision of 10-15% for wholesalers and 4-5% for Agents 1 Reply

Thank you very much for accepting our membership request and joining this informative forum, we are a Destination Management Company based in Kenya and we are looking for Agents to market our Tour…Continue

Tags: www.transfertsafaris.com

Started by David Mkirema in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Dec 5.

International tour operator in Switzerland 2 Replies

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. Last reply by Suriya Stahel Dec 1.

Negotiating and Setting Expectations with Suppliers 5 Replies

Hi all,So we are starting up a tour operator business where we are looking to negotiate terms with Hotels, Transfers/Drivers and Tour Guides.  We are not in a position to guarantee any bookings or…Continue

Tags: suppliers, up, start

Started by Rob Sherali in The foyer. Last reply by David Mkirema Dec 1.

Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract 77 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 David Mkirema Dec 1.

Setting up an agency in the UK 4 Replies

Hi guys,I wonder if you can help.Recently I registered a travel agency in Portugal, however I would like to setup in the UK an online agency for airport transfers with an adress, such as .co.uk etc…Continue

Started by S.P.C in The foyer. Last reply by S.P.C Dec 1.

Car Rental Broker Agreement required.

Hi,We are a car rental company in Queensland Australia.  We use a number of overseas brokers to sell our car rental bookings via their websites to customers wishing to hire a car in Australia.  We…Continue

Tags: agreement, broker, brokers, rental, car

Started by CMA Gardner in The foyer Nov 27.

Setting up Online Travel Agency (based in Canada) 1 Reply

Hello!I am based out of Canada, and am looking to set up a website for users to book flights, etc. I am fairly new to the travel industry, and would like some help with regards to:- software for…Continue

Started by Ross Baillie in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Nov 24.

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