Set up Natures Pace to work for myself and to follow my passions .. leading walks and sharing my love of the UK, and exploring new cultures and places; and to providing opportunities for people to follow their passions.
Describe your travel products:
Walking and sight seeing to explore land, nature and people
Guided Walks, holidays, tours and events to connect with places and to experience land, plants, animals and people..
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I wish to introduce Favour Wildlife Safaris as a reputable tour company in Kenya licenced by the government to offer destination management services. We are also fully approved by the Kenya Association of Tour Operators. (KATO) www.katokenya.org. When you will have clients visiting East Africa, you can always use us. We promise to offer them a complete quality service.
Thanks for your comment. Our reasoning behind using members of an official body is mostly for consumer confidence but I appreciate that your feedback and this is something that we will definitely take into consideration and that we may look into introducing in the (hopefully near) future.
...am begining to think that Trading Standards are finding the regulations , er, challenging. It is not a question of showing THAT you comply, it is a matter of showing HOW you comply - hence the use of appropriate logos etc. What trust fund? Anyone can set up a trust fund, but if the money does not go in, in the first place, then it cannot come out; it is incumbent on the trust fund operator to make sure that it works (I am not, for a moment, suggesting that you would be dishonest, in any way, I am stating a "universal observation") Hence the requirement in the EEC Regs to be properly approved etc., hence TTA etc. Anyway, will study this this evening as right now, I have some of these boring old customers who want silly things like flights!!
Yes, agents would be interested. I have made a blog post that may or may not be approved (I hope it is!) regarding a bit about bonding and why it has to be, which I hope everyone may find useful. Specifically, though you will get nowhere without some protection - but what protection? Are you packaging? You sell accommodation with a course, rather than accommodation AND a course. You do not offer transport to the destination and I would suggest arranging a taxi to the venue may not be considered "transport" . My advice here, is speak to Trading Standards and ask their opinion. BUT BEFORE you do this, please, please remove that highly misleading and total garbage statement re: EEC Package Travel Regs - apart from anything else, you don't comply because if you did you would be effectively bonded and have the appropriate logos, which you do not. There is also a funny crack under insurance about clients getting insurance for cancellation by Skylark - If skylark cancel, Skylark pay, not any insurance!! That you mention insurance in this way, generally, though is good. Note my comments about also speaking to Advantage, Worldchoice and AITO and listen to what they have to say. This will also give you access to the right agency network - niche operators like you are always welcome. Now, after speaking to Trading Standards and sorting the bonding bit one way or the other, what about agents? Agents are remarkably lazy animals in many senses and they like things nice and simple. Forget bells and whistles, fancy CD's and web bits - many agents still hang on to viewdata and odd bits of 1980's technology. They will need about 4 copies of your brochure per agency and if you want to produce a gimmick then the best thing is a simple 21cms long pyramid-type, clear calender. They will bite your hand off for one. A simple letter of introduction and a bit of rep work will suffice - though you need to contact the independent groupings first and listen to what they say. You will have to pay about 10% commission - but remember, if you do not sell anything, you will not pay a bean. (unlike a website where the costs are fixed, not variable) groups may want a point or so for their members, targeted, so if the network does produce, you should be happy to pay it....
Hope this is helpful. I will have to start charging!