If you run a tour operation and you don’t yet have an online booking system—what are you waiting for? Online booking systems are the new standard for tour operators and you are doing yourself, and your business, a massive disservice by not incorporating an online booking system into your tour operation. There are many benefits to using an online booking system; the most notable of which is the fact that online booking systems will actually solve some of the biggest tour operation problems common in the industry. Let’s take a closer look at 4 of the most common problem-solving benefits you’ll receive when you use an online booking system.
If you are a tour operator then you know that part of running a successful tour operation is being able to stay on top of changing trends and values in the tourism industry. The modern tourism industry is radically different than the industry of 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. As tourism trends change, you must also learn how to quickly adapt and take advantage of them in order to increase your clientele, your exposure, and your overall profits. The following are 3 current tourism trends that you really need to know in order to make the most of your tour operation business.
A common stop for many people visiting a new area is the location’s visitor center. These centers are located near popular landmarks, and offer information about places of interest in the area. This typically includes things like popular hiking trails, sites worth seeing, and information on the history of the area.
If there are a lot of other tour companies in your area, the competition can be fierce. Standing out from so many others can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. A tour company is a lot like other businesses, and just needs a little know-how to get things going. Start with these 5 tips on how to increase awareness, and you will be on your way to the top.
Do any of your tour options appeal to Millennials? If the answer is no, then you are missing out on a substantial part of the travel market that could otherwise bring in regular bookings to your tour operation. In fact, it is estimated that by 2020, about 50% of all travel bookings will be made by Millennials, so there is a pressing need for tour operators to act quickly to bring in this market.
Tourism has rapidly changed with the advent of the internet. More and more people are booking everything from their flights to hotels and even attraction reservations solely through online bookings. And that increase in online bookings has crossed over into the tour industry, which is why any tour operator hoping to keep up with the evolving industry should be offering online bookings through customized tour software. If you want to know more about why tour operators should offer online bookings, consider these following 5 reasons.
If you take a moment to look around at a busy restaurant—or pretty much anywhere—chances are you’ll see someone bending over their phone, tapping away. Calling people has seemed to fall out of favor, with quick text messages being the most common way to keep in touch. As a savvy tour company, learning how to utilize this popular method of communication can make a big difference in how people perceive your business. If you’re ready to get started, here are a few ways you can add text messaging to your business.
Growing a business is something that many entrepreneurs think about on a daily basis. The start of a new year can heighten this thought process considerably. In order to survive, it’s important to stay competitive and think ahead to be able to thrive as a tour company. If you’re ready to make 2019 your best year yet, here are 7 ways to take your tour business to the next level in 2019.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), small to medium sized businesses that specialize in retail will receive as much as 40% of their annual revenue in November and December. The holiday season is a critical time of year for almost everyone, with brisk business for restaurants, caterers, and other service-based businesses as well—but what about tour companies?
A bad review is something that strikes fear into the hearts of business owners everywhere. A one or two star review dragging down your business rating can be as painful as a physical blow, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper management, negative reviews can actually help your business.