You’re lucky enough to have your dream job. You have always loved fishing — you live and breathe the sea — and now you’re helping travelers experience charter fishing as well.
As a tour and activity provider, you probably love this aspect of your job the most. You want to be on the water, connecting with new people, and providing them with an authentic and exciting experience. Unfortunately, many tour operators end up stuck in the office dealing with paperwork and bookings rather than enjoying their days on the open water. These must-haves will get you back in the boat and out of the office in no time.
You probably got into the tour and activity business not because you are a marketing professional, but because you love fishing and you enjoy sharing that passion with others.
You weren’t meant to spend hours advertising your business and finding the right platform to market your products. Let agents do the work for you. You can connect with agents by partnering with Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s), and by networking at industry events. Local hotel concierges as well as the visitor information center are also ideal agents to partner with, in order to maximize your exposure.
If you are going to let agents do most of your selling and booking, then you need to have a real-time availability. The last thing you want is to have your agents play phone tag and sell “NO” to their customers. With a real-time booking software, all of the agents within your distribution channel see your exact availability at any time of day. If someone makes a reservation, the system automatically updates and displays your current availability.
Apps for Your Mobile Device
Utilize the most convenient and efficient apps for the tour and activity business. Apps such as Trello, Buffer and Slack can keep you connected to your business wherever you are.
Do you have any tips to share on how to work remotely? Leave them in the comment section.