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Alex Almeida replied to Alex Almeida's discussion Business coaches - any suggestions?
"Hi. Thank you for your replies. Here is what I think we are needing right now. The new season will start shortly and we are ready to do some changes. We have been growing but we want to explore new options. We need someone that has experience in…"
4 hours ago
Ricky Bedford posted a discussion

Holiday caravan site expansion query

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 the site. For customers who want a little more luxury than our standard caravans provide we were thinking of getting some small modular buildings from Portakabin (i.e. http://www.portakabin.co.uk/) to furnish and use as…See More
21 hours ago
Karmen Smith replied to claire's discussion Starting up an Accommodation only business
"Hi Matt/Alex, As I am in the process of starting up, I have been looking into how to deal with accommodation only part of the business (I aim to have a few luxurious properties on my website for which I would be taking bookings on behalf of the…"
22 hours ago
Suriya Stahel posted discussions
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Alex Curtis's discussion Attracting Hosts / families + local guides
"Hi Alex Interesting question.  My general answer to this is help the guides to do something they couldn't do alone. E.g. say something costs 1000 USD to do as a project - and you have 100 guides. They basically get benefit from only paying…"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Alex Almeida's discussion Business coaches - any suggestions?
"Hi Alex Where are you based? Portugal? Are you looking for help on operations? On finding new suppliers? On finding new demand? There are two kinds of business mentor - those who are good at getting you to grow - when it is a reasonablly understood…"
yesterday
Baraka replied to Mary Temba's discussion Looking for a tour operator world wide who can market our packages.
"Good packaging Mary, We are online travel agency for tours and activities. We are based in Dar es salaam, still on underway to launch the site. Our focus is Africa only selling multi-tours from top operators in Africa. We are interested in working…"
Friday
Baraka replied to Richard Goodey's discussion Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract
"Please Matt can you help the copy? barakajason@gmail.com"
Friday
Baraka replied to Maasai Flag Expeditions, Ltd's discussion How to best market my African safari tour company?
"We new online travel agency for tours and activities based here in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. We will be selling all tours and activities(multi-day in particular) from top operators in Africa. In case, you're interested with us, let's…"
Friday
Baraka replied to Alex Almeida's discussion Business coaches - any suggestions?
"May depend from what products you want to sell. to whom?(target group). I believe these experienced gurus are available here. But In case, you want to take your local company online. Let's contact: barakajason@gmail.com"
Friday
Miguel Galleguillo replied to Alex Almeida's discussion Business coaches - any suggestions?
"Hi Alex. My name is Miguel Angel and I have over 15 years experience in the tourism industry . Working in advising small and large businesses , for entrepreneurs and tourism companies . If you want I can advise you on your need . greetings . Miguel…"
Friday
Alex Almeida posted a discussion

Business coaches - any suggestions?

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 used business coaches before and what is your experience. Suggestions of good ones are very welcomed.AlexSee More
Friday
Chris Bocsardy replied to Tom Gracey's discussion Looking for UK tour operator partner for our project selling destination UK to the Chinese
"Hi Tom I was very interested to read your post and hope that although it is over a year old you are still working on the project. Much like yourself, my partners and I saw the potential to tap into this lucrative market. We have created a luxury…"
Thursday
Alex Curtis posted a discussion

Attracting Hosts / families + local guides

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 to approach finding hosts. There are of course other companies out there who offer a similar experience such as www.gadventures.com, I'm curious as to how they would probably go about finding and vetting people.Local advertising and meeting with hosts/viewing…See More
Wednesday
Baraka replied to Isaac Waithaka's discussion How to attract partners for an inbound Kenya local travel agent
"Hello Isaac? We are based in Tanzania, we're underway to start our online travel agency for tours and activities only in Africa. We are looking for suppliers like to help us getting started. Please let's contact for more info on how we can…"
Wednesday
Baraka replied to Denovan Chikona's discussion Getting started working with travel agencies
"Hi Denovan? Great to hear that! We are based in Tanzania, we on underway to start our online travel agency for tours and activities only in Africa. We are looking for suppliers like to help us getting started. Please let's contact for more info…"
Wednesday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Denovan Chikona's discussion Getting started working with travel agencies
"Hello Denovan Thank you for your question and welcome to the forums Key point is to make the agent look good. * They may not be selling your destination much (so need knowledge about what makes a great itinerary) * They will not know your product…"
Oct 14
Denovan Chikona posted a discussion

Looking for Travel Agency who sell Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi and work with them as their DMC

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 called,Zimbabwe, and we run tours around Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and in small scale operations, that is, 12 maximum number of clients on a trip in the sense of keeping the environment clean and not over crowded at one goal.I need your hand on how i get connected to International Travel Agency who are…See More
Oct 14
Alex Bainbridge replied to joel osman's discussion Feedback on my Bus roadtrip Service.
"Hi Joel OK - thank you for that. In that case, I would focus on making a website that looks more like you are a supplier than an affiliate First impressions count"
Oct 14
joel osman replied to joel osman's discussion Feedback on my Bus roadtrip Service.
"Do you think the website is not up 2 scratch ?  Do I come across as affiliate website if so how and maybe I need to change it."
Oct 14
 

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Business coaches - any suggestions? 4 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 Alex Almeida 4 hours ago.

Holiday caravan site expansion query

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 21 hours ago.

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 22 hours ago.

Looking for a good DMC in Indonesia

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 yesterday.

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 yesterday.

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 yesterday.

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 on Friday.

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 on Friday.

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 on Friday.

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 on Thursday.

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 on Wednesday.

Getting started working with travel agencies 2 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 Baraka on Wednesday.

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.

Opening capital to a key developer 1 Reply

Hi,I am about to launch www.bookgreener.com, the website is finished and the database ready.Roughly i value the business 500,000 USD (database, current…Continue

Tags: sweat, equity, partnership, capital, plan

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

TourConnect 5 Replies

As I start to think about my rates for 2015 and also getting rates from my suplliers, I have just received an email from one of the guys at TourConnect. I met them at WTM or the travel tech show a…Continue

Started by James Thomas in The foyer. Last reply by Michael Herrmann Oct 13.

How does one find tour activity providers 6 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 Tracy Skylar Oct 12.

Legal Question Luggage 3 Replies

As a service to my clients I want to transport their Sports equipment (bike or Skis) and take their luggage with me in the support vehicle. I want to travel from UK to EU countries, my question is…Continue

Started by Jonathan Wakeham in The foyer. Last reply by joel osman Oct 10.

Tour Operators Networking partners that will consider on the Website 14 Replies

Hi Everyone, We are in the process of making a website that will have a section for Tour Operators  Networking Partners.For those who are interested to be listed on our website MAY contact me and…Continue

Started by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Oct 9.

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