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Namwaje Eva replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"Alex  we have started with the youths especially high school students."
8 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"Sounds like a classic local business development challenge then. a) Work out the demographic of your customers (young, old etc) b) What do they read, where do they relax? e.g. clubs, restaurants etc etc....  c) See if you can do some…"
11 hours ago
Namwaje Eva replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"Thank you Alex,  right now I am looking for local or domestic market first. So my customers are mainly Africans for now and if every thing goes on well I will go for they foreign market. Advise"
11 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"Hello Namwaje The key question is who are your customers? Are they Europeans? US? Asian? Then you need to think - how am I going to get to those customers. For some destinations online is an answer. But for other destinations you either have to sell…"
13 hours ago
Namwaje Eva replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"Thank you Dev."
16 hours ago
Fiona Prosser replied to Alex Almeida's discussion How to promote our tours?
"Great thanks... if anyone else has any other ideas I would love to hear those too. Thanks"
yesterday
Tony Humphrey replied to Alex Almeida's discussion How to promote our tours?
"Fiona...email invitation sent to you re our TOPs system.... no costs for any of our services to any travel business that offers direct booking savings / net prices to our members....we do not sell travel or take res...all members will Go-Direct…"
yesterday
Tony Humphrey replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"Our TOPs system may be of interest at The Top Travel Club full info onsite under Travel Operator FAQs."
yesterday
Dev replied to Namwaje Eva's discussion How to market a new tour company.
"nice hd imagery and videos will surely help. social media is cheap and best option . for bulk business make connection with tour operators in different countries. ITB & WTM tourism trade exhibition is also good way to make connections. hope this…"
yesterday
Fiona Prosser replied to Alex Almeida's discussion How to promote our tours?
"I would be interested in signing up for The Top Travel club.  We also own a small group tour company, based in Florida but do tours outbound to Scotland, sometimes England, Wales and Ireland too and it's very hard to compete with the Big…"
yesterday
Namwaje Eva posted a discussion

How to market a new tour company.

Dear all,Am working for a new tour company and it has no customers. As an Andventure and sales consultanthow can I market it to get customers and Which effective marketing strategies should I use ?See More
yesterday
Vicky replied to Felipe Zalamea's discussion Need help hiring a Latin America travel consultant (Based London, UK)
"Hi Felipe, Hope you are well! Have you tried the usual travel recruitment agencies? C&M, New Frontiers, AA Appointments, Progressive Personnel. Some may not feature junior positions but may know others who will. Maybe you don't want to pay…"
Monday
Daniel loveridge replied to Tom's discussion Business Email/Support Ticketing (Sales & Support)
"Hi Tom, We use Godaddy for all our email services, email marketing, online storage and calendars - seems to work fine and the support staff have been very good. Costs vary depending on what options you pick but it is an expense that is worthwhile…"
Saturday
Daniel loveridge replied to Sebastian Andersen's discussion Tour Operator China Questions
"Hi Sebastian, How are you getting along with your plans? We are interested in discussing this further with you and are very keen on extending our network. Contact me through here, or via our website www.blueplanetexpeditions.co.uk. Kind…"
Saturday
MyoAung replied to Richard Goodey's discussion Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract
"Could I kindly request a copy please to Myogee@gmail.com , many thanks"
Friday
niccolo forzoni replied to beppe's discussion Uk tour operator start up: costs, requirements, VAT
"Hello,  I've read so many posts in so many blogs and forum but I still don't understand one thing...  To have a PLI insurance policy is mandatory or you can start for the first 2-3 month using your trusted account as the only…"
Apr 17
Tvrtko replied to Tvrtko's discussion Boutique travel in the South - music related
"Thank you for your response. I don't want to have anyone in between, because of need for longer communication with customers to fit their needs. Plus, we work with very low profit margin. Outsourcing that part will leave us doing tours for…"
Apr 17
Alex Bainbridge replied to Tvrtko's discussion Boutique travel in the South - music related
"Hello  Great question and background. Interesting you say you won't work with travel agents and they go on to say that you struggle to get to travelers. Travel agents, when used correctly, DO help you cross that particular bridge and…"
Apr 17
Tvrtko posted a discussion

Boutique travel in the South - music related

HiI am going to need a little advise. I am the owner of the Music Heritage Of The South, tour operator in Georgia, USA. It took me 4-5 years to develop this concept of travel, looking around World for ideas and having in mind my surroundings. We are small independent tour operator, with developed 2 weeks tours through the South of USA, presenting musical legacy of the South, Southern history and cuisine. Our main target market are foreigners who are coming to the USA for the first time and…See More
Apr 17
MyoAung replied to Richard Goodey's discussion Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract
"Of any one can share a copy contract would be wonderful. Many thanks"
Apr 17
 

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How to market a new tour company. 7 Replies

Dear all,Am working for a new tour company and it has no customers. As an Andventure and sales consultanthow can I market it to get customers and Which effective marketing strategies should I use ?Continue

Started by Namwaje Eva in The foyer. Last reply by Namwaje Eva 8 hours ago.

How to promote our tours? 15 Replies

Hi, my name is Alex and I am new in this forum.I founded a tour operator here in Portugal and things are looking good but our main challenge has been promoting our products. We are specialized in…Continue

Started by Alex Almeida in The clinic. Last reply by Fiona Prosser yesterday.

Need help hiring a Latin America travel consultant (Based London, UK) 4 Replies

Hi everybody,This looks like a great forum, I am sorry I didnt come across with it before. We are Sumak Travel, a London-based travel…Continue

Tags: sustainable, tourism, start-up, hiring, jobs

Started by Felipe Zalamea in The foyer. Last reply by Vicky on Monday.

Business Email/Support Ticketing (Sales & Support) 6 Replies

Hi Guys,Is anyone currently using a Business Email provider like ‘Google Business Apps’ with Google Groups for Business (Collaborative Inbox) or a Support Ticketing System like ZenDesk or Zoho…Continue

Tags: Service, Online, Emailing, Customer, Ticketing

Started by Tom in The clinic. Last reply by Daniel loveridge on Saturday.

Tour Operator China Questions 5 Replies

Hey there,I have been based in Beijing for more than four years now and I have set up a small IT company here. Now me and my Chinese wife want to move into the Tour Operating Business because travel…Continue

Tags: China, start-up, operator, tour

Started by Sebastian Andersen in The clinic. Last reply by Daniel loveridge on Saturday.

Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract 71 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 MyoAung on Friday.

Uk tour operator start up: costs, requirements, VAT 12 Replies

Hello,firstly, let me introduce myself: I'm Beppe, 28y old, italian. I live in Spain since 5 years and I run an international student traveller association.Now I would like to create a real business,…Continue

Tags: costs, requirements, start, up, set

Started by beppe in The clinic. Last reply by niccolo forzoni Apr 17.

Boutique travel in the South - music related 2 Replies

HiI am going to need a little advise. I am the owner of the Music Heritage Of The South, tour operator in Georgia, USA. It took me 4-5 years to develop this concept of travel, looking around World…Continue

Started by Tvrtko in The clinic. Last reply by Tvrtko Apr 17.

Promoting Kenya 4 Replies

Hey Everyone requesting for some advice,i own a tour agency here in  Kenya now one year old and it has been so tough on getting non resident clients who visits the country,i have been trying on…Continue

Started by Mary Temba in The foyer. Last reply by Dustin Walker Apr 14.

Need help promoting tour operator business start-up in Colorado 1 Reply

Hello all,I am new to this forum, please forgive me if the questions I ask have already been answered. I work at Spiro Tours: we are a cannabis-themed tour operator located in Denver, Colorado. We…Continue

Tags: help, partners, startup

Started by Jaden in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Apr 1.

Advice needed for UK-based start-up 1 Reply

Hey guys,I am just in the process of setting up my business 'TotalTripOut London', a bespoke & private tour company helping inbound visitors make London and beyond their own personal…Continue

Started by Shabby in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Apr 1.

Adventure tours New Zealand 11 Replies

Hey There,New Zealand tours. We are in the start-up process for a new adventure tour operator company in New Zealand and will be launching our Website early next year 2014. We are  looking for…Continue

Started by Jaco du Plessis in The foyer. Last reply by Doreen M O'Donovan Mar 30.

Looking for partner for MADAGASCAR destination 2 Replies

Hi Everyone,I'm a manager of a small local tour company in Madagascar,I've been in tourism for 8 years now and I've started my own business for 2 years  so looking for bigger tour company as  partner…Continue

Tags: to, Madagascar, tours, parteners, operators

Started by Jaozandry Jenita Harilala in The foyer. Last reply by Jaozandry Jenita Harilala Mar 29.

Basic start up advice sought 4 Replies

Hello everyone, my name is Andy and this is my first post here, so please forgive my naivety in what I ask.Basically I am looking for some advice on setting up a small UK tour company. I have only…Continue

Started by Andy in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Mar 28.

Do you work with travel bloggers? Here is some new legal advice (UK, but generally useful)

This advice is well worth a read if you want to understand how to work with travel bloggers and what the expectation regarding disclosures might be…Continue

Started by Alex Bainbridge in The foyer Mar 28.

Online travel agency in Indonesia 7 Replies

Hi SFBO dear members,I am established in Indonesia for one year now. I have discovered that Indonesia has to much to offer in travel and tourism industry, so I am planning to set up my own OTA. I am…Continue

Started by Ben Hamdy in The foyer. Last reply by Koushal Mar 28.

Looking for travel partners 1 Reply

Hello everybody!I am representing an incoming tour operator to Poland. We propose culinary tours on the highest level. We are looking for travel partners who whould be interested in selling our…Continue

Tags: polish, touroperator, cooperation, agents, partners

Started by Magdalena Trawińska-Krawiec in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Looking for UK tour operator partner for our project selling destination UK to the Chinese 1 Reply

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 Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Partner in UK 3 Replies

I own a small travel agency back in Malaysia, my agency provide holiday package throughout Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. I am interested to broad my business in UK and Europe. Anyone have the…Continue

Started by Amirjan Nawabjan in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

UK Travel Agency Requirements 7 Replies

Hello, I am Croatian resident and I want to start a limited company in UK.  The company will be a tour specialist for adventure travel in Croatia. This means the company will offer, on its site tour…Continue

Tags: agency, travel, UK

Started by Mihovil Magdić in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

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