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saquib khan replied to Ukhan's discussion Travel and Tour business
"ok, I'm working on it...you will hear from me soon"
5 hours ago
Steve Friend replied to Matt Purser's discussion ATOL Changes
" Fantastic, that fits in with my time frame perfectly, thanks again. regards Steve"
9 hours ago
Matt Purser replied to Matt Purser's discussion ATOL Changes
"Hi Steve There are a number of alternatives for businesses requiring ATOL under the accredited body and franchise routes and some other new ones due to be announced soon. Watch this space because come end of April I think you'll have a clear…"
9 hours ago
Steve Friend replied to Matt Purser's discussion ATOL Changes
"Thanks Matt I'm going through a lot of research at the moment, looking at all the options for a travel business, and as I don't have the odd £30,000 to hand, you answer is most welcome!! regards Steve"
9 hours ago
Matt Purser replied to Matt Purser's discussion ATOL Changes
"Hi Steve The £30,000 share capital is an investment in the business so either needs to cash for new businesses or for existing businesses it can be made up from retained profits. However, the bond can be secured through insurance and the %…"
10 hours ago
Steve Friend replied to Matt Purser's discussion ATOL Changes
"Thanks for that Matt, it seems to betting harder to enter this business!  I'm let to believe that this £30,000 Paid up share thing can be insured in some way, therefore a much smaller premium would be needed for start-ups. Could…"
23 hours ago
Manganani Phiri posted a discussion

Seeking for Agents and Partners from China Outbound tour operators

We are a Tour Company by the name Kilimanjaro Vacation based in Tanzania, we are interested in having agents,Partners or Tour leaders from Chinese Outbound tour operators to work with us.we specialize in wildlife safaris,Lodge and camping safaris .If you are interested contact us on booknow@kilivacation.com                www.kilivacation.comBusiness suggestions are all welcome.…See More
yesterday
Matt Purser posted a discussion

ATOL Changes

Some of you may have seen that ATOL today announced the results of their consultation and have set out the future of Small Business ATOLs (SBA's).In short, SBA's will remain but all firms must now meet a solvency test. The exact details of the test are yet to be announced. In order to be classed as an SBA you must be under 500 ATOL passengers a year plus your ATOL turnover must be under £1M per year. If you do meet either of these tests then you would need to be a standard ATOL holder which…See More
yesterday
Matt Purser replied to Joe Marshall's discussion ATOL options for internal flights and setup agencies to comply with PTR
"Hi Joe As Ralph says, it is a licensable product and therefore an ATOL is required. Some exemptions do still exist but none of the exemptions apply when a package is being sold. The requirements are about to increase so if you are a small start…"
Wednesday
Ralph Foulds replied to Joe Marshall's discussion ATOL options for internal flights and setup agencies to comply with PTR
"Hi Joe, Yes, we found the situation regarding internal flights on bookings where you aren't issuing the tickets to be a bit confusing.  However, ATOL are pretty clear... - If the clients live in the UK, and their tour package includes any…"
Wednesday
Joe Marshall posted a discussion

ATOL options for internal flights and setup agencies to comply with PTR

Hi there my name is Joe and I'm an avid reader of these forums as the director of a start up adventure travel company currently trying to get off the ground. I am running into a problem when it comes to Atol though. I am using local operators to run the tours from bottom to top and some of these include internal flights. I have spoke to Matt at TTA and Daniel at Pts and Will at TMT and keep getting conflicting views. Some were saying . Wouldn't need atol as the flights do not originate in the…See More
Tuesday
Mathew vaniyathu replied to Mathew vaniyathu's discussion Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency
"Hi U khan Well I am based in United Kingdom but my wife is a filipina she is managing the buisness in philipines at the moment and we got direct link with hotels in tourist places like boracay, Puerto princessa, cebu and bohol. Do you have viber or…"
Feb 28
Ukhan replied to Mathew vaniyathu's discussion Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency
"Thanks Mathew, Yes your destination is exotic, I am looking for reliable B2B partnerships, may be we could do it. where are you located exactly ?, and since how long you have been working for this destination ? I want to offer this destination to…"
Feb 28
Mathew vaniyathu replied to Mathew vaniyathu's discussion Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency
"hi UKhan You are always welcome. You can email them they will respond to your email within 2 days. They are based in Canada. What kind of buisness you got.I got my tours and travels in philipines. So if any one planning for holiday there. Let me…"
Feb 28
Ukhan replied to Mathew vaniyathu's discussion Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency
"Hi Mathew, Thanks for your reference, I m checking it , hopefully it will help me out, I will ask you again if I need guidance. Regards! U.Khan M.A. International Tourism Management MBA Germany"
Feb 28
Ukhan replied to Hiking Croatia's discussion A comparison of tour aggregators?
"Hi Hiking Croatia, I am also working on tour packages and interested to develop more reliable partners all around the world, if you. What services you actually offer ? I want to discuss with you in detail, hope to hear form you soon, may be we can…"
Feb 28
Ukhan replied to Hiking Croatia's discussion A comparison of tour aggregators?
"HI Alex, can we meet at ITB 2015 ? I will be there on 7th or 8th ? may be outside for coffee as well, It would be grateful to you for your time, hope to hear from you soon, regards! UKhan"
Feb 28
Mathew vaniyathu replied to Mathew vaniyathu's discussion Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency
"Hi UKhan Please check out this site www.travelerrr.com"
Feb 28
Ukhan replied to Mathew vaniyathu's discussion Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency
"Hi Alex, I am working with the tour packages I also like to make tickets to my clients as well, can you please guide me for the process, I am in Germany. Hope to hear from you soon, Regards! UKhan"
Feb 28
Ukhan replied to Narayan Pokhrel's discussion Travel Agents
"Dear Narayan, Thank you for your offer  it sounds lucrative and worthy to work in a network B2B would be really a nice idea, it helps alot to many. Narayan, can you please guide how to register a tour company in England ? what are the laws…"
Feb 28
 

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Travel and Tour business 3 Replies

Dear Fellows, I am Khan and I have just completed my master degree in International Tourism Management and I am very much interested to work as a tour operator with partnerships/networking so that…Continue

Started by Ukhan in The foyer. Last reply by saquib khan 5 hours ago.

ATOL Changes 5 Replies

Some of you may have seen that ATOL today announced the results of their consultation and have set out the future of Small Business ATOLs (SBA's).In short, SBA's will remain but all firms must now…Continue

Tags: atol

Started by Matt Purser in The clinic. Last reply by Steve Friend 9 hours ago.

Seeking for Agents and Partners from China Outbound tour operators

We are a Tour Company by the name Kilimanjaro Vacation based in Tanzania, we are interested in having agents,Partners or Tour leaders from Chinese Outbound tour operators to work with us.we…Continue

Tags: Kilivacation, Migration, Wildebeest

Started by Manganani Phiri in The foyer yesterday.

ATOL options for internal flights and setup agencies to comply with PTR 2 Replies

Hi there my name is Joe and I'm an avid reader of these forums as the director of a start up adventure travel company currently trying to get off the ground. I am running into a problem when it comes…Continue

Tags: pts, tta, tmt, atol

Started by Joe Marshall in The clinic. Last reply by Matt Purser on Wednesday.

Setting up UK to asia ticketing agency 8 Replies

hi there I am planning to start my own ticketing agency with tours and travels .But I being doing some research to get a good platform where I can't start up .And would like to know whether it's…Continue

Started by Mathew vaniyathu in The foyer. Last reply by Mathew vaniyathu Feb 28.

A comparison of tour aggregators? 9 Replies

Dear colleagues,Did anybody come across a comparison of tour aggregators? For example, of those listed on the TourCMS website – Viator vs TourRadar vs Alpinsuche vs etc. I realize that maybe Viator…Continue

Started by Hiking Croatia in The clinic. Last reply by Ukhan Feb 28.

Travel Agents 17 Replies

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. Last reply by Ukhan Feb 28.

inbound tourist into various destinations, Asia,Africa,central and south america 2 Replies

Hello friends!I have a large and comprehensive list of travelers coming into various destinations like shri lanka, india, thailand and a lot of other places  in Asia, South Africa, TZ, Ghana in…Continue

Started by Karanja BK in The foyer. Last reply by Ukhan Feb 27.

Seeking for vehicle rental service + Chinese speaking guide 5 Replies

Hi,We are seeking to expand our tour products, specifically on car rental service. We are mainly serving the independent traveling Chinese tourists. If you run a car rental service, e.g. mini-bus or…Continue

Started by KEVIN in The foyer. Last reply by David Mkirema Feb 24.

Trying to set up as a tour operator in Italy !! 2 Replies

Hello everyone ! I've been researching  a lot online and in Italy , but my research seems to throw up even more questions !I'm planning  to open a tour operator business in Italy and trying to find…Continue

Started by Gary in The clinic. Last reply by Anna Rostron Feb 17.

Need advice on becoming a travel agent/tour operator (UK) 7 Replies

Hi guys, Let me introduce myself.  My name is Sid and I am thinking of starting a business in the tourism industry.  I am totally new to this and never worked in tourism before but I am keen on…Continue

Started by Sid Miah in The clinic. Last reply by Sid Miah Feb 16.

ATOL SEMINAR - Changes to ATOL Regulations 7 Replies

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. Last reply by Mathew vaniyathu Feb 13.

Destination Management Company for India 2 Replies

HI,We have started a travel company in India providing travel services to the tourists coming to India. We have spent good time in this industry and have gained a significant knowledge of travel…Continue

Started by Indus Explorers in The foyer. Last reply by Mathew vaniyathu Feb 13.

Online Travel Agency in India 5 Replies

Hello,I am in the process of establishing an online Holiday booking platform, that focuses on bookings for Homestays, holiday villas and resorts. The site is called welcometoindia.comI will be…Continue

Started by Aravind Rajkumar in The foyer. Last reply by Indus Explorers Feb 11.

Starting an online travel in China 2 Replies

I recently started an OTA in China. It was quite a hassle but we managed to have it up and running. We are focus on introducing unique tour activities to the Chinese market, and offer full services…Continue

Started by KEVIN in The foyer. Last reply by KEVIN Feb 9.

to open a tickiting agency 1 Reply

hi everyone, i want to open a ticketing agency in brussels , my target destination are india,bangladesh ,pakistan, afghanistan ,i have a setup for agency i need some basic information 1: how much…Continue

Started by mohammad shoaib in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Feb 5.

LGBT travel agency / tour operators + best content management 3 Replies

OutOfOffice.com is a brand new travel agency based in the UK launching in Q4 this year. It will target the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) market with luxury travel experiences, tours…Continue

Started by Darren Burn in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Feb 5.

Contract with local providers 5 Replies

Good morning everyone,I am preparing a site dedicated to activities, tours and excursions in Spain. I would like to know if any of you have similar experience and what type of contract you used with…Continue

Started by Debora Tesauro in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Feb 5.

Basic Software to manage product prices 2 Replies

Hi, I am a small Golf Tour Operator based in Northern Ireland and I have been looking for a way of managing all the prices and products from my suppliers. I am using Mac Numbers at the moment but I'm…Continue

Started by Sean McCarthy in The foyer. Last reply by Samuel Komfi Feb 4.

Setting up an online travel agency in africa - where do I start? 12 Replies

we want to open an online travel agency. we want to know the procedure on how to set it up, step by step procedure. and if possible where each stage of the set up can be gotten with the associated…Continue

Started by frankie paul in The foyer. Last reply by Amit Singh Feb 4.

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