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Evan replied to Evan's discussion How does one find tour activity providers
"Hi Tracey Thank you for your interest and I do apologize that I have not included South America at this point in time but I can tell you its on our agenda and I will definitely consider your services in the very near future Regards Evan "
22 hours ago
Tracy Skylar replied to Evan's discussion How does one find tour activity providers
"Evan Are you thinking of activity tours such as horse riding or river rafting, wine or photography, which we offer in Salta or landscape tours?  You don't mention South America, but if you do consider that area let us know…"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to claire's discussion Starting up an Accommodation only business
"Hi Claire Some of them yes - but generally we help with booking flow (taking bookings & payments, and online marketing / distribution with the objective of taking bookings)"
Friday
Tshili Khupe replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Hi Eve, Please feel free to contact me and I will be able to talk you through what ABTOT maybe be able to offer. We are also able to provide you with an indicative quotation for the costs of membership at no obligation to you. My email address is…"
Friday
claire replied to claire's discussion Starting up an Accommodation only business
"Hi Alex. If I was to come to you as a client would you be able to help me with all of my questions etc. claire"
Friday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Oli Ma's discussion Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?
"Priceline is like the company - they are the master brand - and own several sub services (including a service called Priceline!) You really don't have to select the same partner for flights and hotels - instead work on the best one for hotels,…"
Friday
Oli Ma replied to Oli Ma's discussion Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?
"Any one knows how to work on this? There is no information on now can use/customise it. Shall we figure ou on the last minute?"
Friday
Oli Ma replied to Oli Ma's discussion Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?
"Hi Alex, You are saying that priceline is the agent and booking the supplier (kind of) right? I see what you mean if it is the case. But as i am also in need of flights proceline offers a complete solution. I will look at what they do. Keeping you…"
Friday
Will Plummer replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Hi Eve, We have a very similar solution to the TTA but also work with a lot of customers outside of the UK. We could also help with RMB and Union Pay as well. Drop me a line at will.plummer@trustmytravel.com and I would be delighted to go through…"
Thursday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Oli Ma's discussion Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?
"Well Booking.com is owned by Priceline........   and depends if you want to send your traffic to more of an agent or a supplier direct service...... so you should take a look at them all :)"
Thursday
Oli Ma replied to Oli Ma's discussion Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?
"Yeah this one Alex. I'm getting in touch wit Priceline hope to have an answer soon. Booking yeah i saw but only hotels..."
Thursday
Eve Baker replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Hi Ralph Thank you for your clear and helpful reply! As a tour operator yourself (at least I think I worked this out from a previous post), I guess you have faced a similar decision in the past? Can you shed any more light on who you went with and…"
Thursday
Alex Bainbridge replied to claire's discussion Starting up an Accommodation only business
"Hi Claire From your email to me just now, I understand your strategy now a little better Yeah - at the higher end - think getting the customer to deal with the accomm yourself could be problematic - as then you are going to struggle to always be…"
Thursday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Oli Ma's discussion Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?
"This one? http://www.priceline.com/affiliates/travelweb_xml_business_solutions.asp Yeah their website does seem short of information (in terms of technology details) - looks like you have to use their contact form  Also…"
Thursday
Alex Bainbridge replied to claire's discussion Starting up an Accommodation only business
"Hi Claire Good question - I assume that you have a wider strategy than just selling accommodation (i.e. you are specialised in some way) - as otherwise you will be up against Priceline / Expedia etc - and that is not a battle that is easily…"
Thursday
Ralph Foulds replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Hi Eve, A lot will come down to your overall turnover.  TTA will be cheap if you have a higher turnover, as the annual costs are fixed and their per booking fee is low. IPP will be cheap if you have a low turnover. There's no real annual…"
Wednesday
Oli Ma posted a discussion

Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it?

Hi All,I am interested by the private label/affiliation program offering from Priceline. It seems they release an API to build your "own" website.But there is absolutely no information about this API. Does anyone know what do we get from it? and how can we customize it? or how can we use it? (for what search, filters etc...)?Thank you !OMSee More
Wednesday
claire posted a discussion

Starting up an Accommodation only business

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 business but I am not sure as to what it will fall under and what rules and regulations i will need to follow.Will i be classed as an agent or an operator if i am finding properties and putting people in touch to book or will it be more beneficial for me to book and confirm these myself.Any advise…See More
Sep 16
Oli Ma replied to Oli Ma's discussion Looking for accredited travel agent (USA) to partner with. Need full partnership for a startup project. Any agent in need of opportunity?
"Hi Alex, We thought about it. reading this again from you. I think I will keep this in my pivot otpions ;) thanks"
Sep 16
Alex Bainbridge replied to Oli Ma's discussion Looking for accredited travel agent (USA) to partner with. Need full partnership for a startup project. Any agent in need of opportunity?
"Interesting. I am not the right person to help (I don't know any travel agents of this kind, in the US, who would be appropriate) I just wonder can you reduce the UX a little and link off to another site for ticketing, at least temporarily, and…"
Sep 16
 

Forum

How does one find tour activity providers 5 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 Evan 22 hours ago.

Starting up an Accommodation only business 4 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 Alex Bainbridge on Friday.

TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency 4 Replies

HelloWe are in the process of setting up a tour operator taking Chinese tourists around the UK. Currently, one of our biggest considerations is the cheapest way to comply with the Package Travel…Continue

Tags: IPP, ABTOT, UK, China, TTA

Started by Eve Baker in The foyer. Last reply by Tshili Khupe on Friday.

Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it? 6 Replies

Hi All,I am interested by the private label/affiliation program offering from Priceline. It seems they release an API to build your "own" website.But there is absolutely no information about this…Continue

Tags: priceline, affiliation, API

Started by Oli Ma in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Friday.

Looking for accredited travel agent (USA) to partner with. Need full partnership for a startup project. Any agent in need of opportunity? 4 Replies

About to launch an innovative travel startup to sell travel products.I have been speaking with many host travel agencies and totally understand what we can get from them.I am looking for :1- a host…Continue

Tags: startup, industry, agency, travel, host

Started by Oli Ma in The foyer. Last reply by Oli Ma Sep 16.

Site Launch - Advice 7 Replies

Hi Everyone,I am new to SFBO. I am launching Tourdigger.com, which is a tour portal and I am looking for shared experiences that can help get…Continue

Started by Brian Stoneman in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 15.

Setting up an online travel agency in UK 29 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 Oli Ma Sep 15.

Uk tour operator start up: costs, requirements, VAT 16 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 Andrea Sep 12.

Free Places on Tours: Booking Handling, Liabilities, etc 4 Replies

After 24 years of specialist tour operating, we have just stumbled on what may be a gap in our handling procedures.We are often asked to supply one or sometimes more 'free places' on our tours.Up…Continue

Tags: and, procedures, responsibilities, places, tour

Started by Brian Macdonald in The foyer. Last reply by Brian Macdonald Sep 11.

London UK Permissions / Licences 2 Replies

Hello all,I plan to run small niche tours in and around Central London. Will I need specific licences and / or permissions from the local councils?SteveContinue

Tags: UK

Started by Music Mosey in The clinic. Last reply by Music Mosey Sep 10.

Swiss Tour Operator looking for partners 4 Replies

Hello !I'm on a way to soon open a "special" web travel agency and I need partners. For now I'm mostly interested in partners in Europe (hotels, transfer companies, package trip, any original offer,…Continue

Tags: Hotel, Partner

Started by Laurent Rerat in The clinic. Last reply by Amila Nuwan Gunathilaka Sep 10.

Research 1 Reply

Hello again,You've probably already discussed it, but how do I ascertain wether there is a market / audience for my niche tour ? What sort of market research is appropriate and adequate ?SteveContinue

Tags: Research, UK

Started by Music Mosey in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 10.

Meta search Engine for Tours and Activities 4 Replies

We are underway to build our meta search engine for tours and activities in Africa. We have agreed to start with one supplier (based in South Africa). Our research shows that, Currently there is no…Continue

Started by Baraka in The foyer. Last reply by Baraka Sep 4.

Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations 4 Replies

Hi all, newbie question approaching!I am in the process of getting a website developed for my tour ops company, using Wordpress. I am technical, and understand the plug ins available and realise…Continue

Started by Rob Sherali in The foyer. Last reply by Rob Sherali Sep 2.

Does anyone know where to get travel industry statistics in the UK? 1 Reply

Mainly information on flight purchase, do customer prepare to buy from the airline or travel agent? Continue

Started by adijat lawal in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 2.

Supplier Agreements Process 8 Replies

Hi all,My girlfriend and I are in the process of starting a niche Tour Operator company.  This is no doubt my first of many questions regarding set up, but we are currently planning a trip to meet…Continue

Tags: process, startup, business, new

Started by Rob Sherali in The clinic. Last reply by Koushal Sep 1.

Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership. 11 Replies

We are an East African tours and travel agency specializing in domestic and international air ticketing, tailor-made holidays, safaris and hotel reservations. We provide quality and affordable…Continue

Tags: Hospitality, Holidays, Safari, Tourism, Travel

Started by Clifford Langatt in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Aug 29.

Looking for Agents all over the world 5 Replies

hi,We are a small startup Guest House and a Tour Company looking for partners all over the world to send tourist to Maldives.We are based in an Inhabitat island of Maldives and our Guest House has 3…Continue

Started by Ismail Madheeh in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Aug 28.

Looking for Partner in Tourism 3 Replies

To Whom it may concern:We are operating tour agency in Las Vegas, USA and Vietnam. Our services are tour operator, American Immigration Service, Visa service, air ticketing and room reservation.We…Continue

Started by US-MekongTour in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Aug 28.

Hello 4 Replies

Hello my name is tito i like to open campany of tour. But i dont have. Enough. Knowledge. Plz help me idea

Started by Bongitours in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Aug 27.

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