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Tips on starting a profitable online tour operator business

Launching a travel agency online is much easier than deciding to go for the brick-and-mortar option for many reasons. But, you’ll find a sea of competitors, and your primary mission should be to take well-thought tactics to start your journey as a tour operator on the right foot and be successful.

 

Tourism experiences steady growth almost every year, with it being one of the largest industries with a global economic contribution of over 7.6 trillion U.S dollars, according to statista. This surprising fact has been impulsing less well-known countries to emerge to keep up with the increasing demand for the services of tourists and travellers.

 

One of the best parts about joining this industry is not only its increasing popularity but also that there’s no need to set up a brick and mortar office. And, with little to no help from professionals, you can start your own online tour agency from the comfort of your home. Eventually, you’ll need to hire team members to help you assess the increasing demands of customers effectively.

 

We’ve listed a few tips that you should keep in mind to launch a successful online travel agency!

 

Build a strategic business plan

Step ahead and plan everything, even the things that may look unimportant at first. What you want to avoid is to start in a hurry, since it could be costly in the long run. Also, remember to stay as organised and clear while developing your moves as a future travel operator.

 

From naming and registering your business to getting the license and permits needed as well as opening a business bank account, make sure to write everything down. This way you’ll know the next steps you should take as you go further in this exciting journey.

 

Design a UX friendly website

User-friendliness is a critical factor that any website that offers a service should prioritise. Elements such as readability, mobile-optimisation, navigation, and fast load time are aimed to enable a quick, efficient experience to any visitors.

 

This will help your potential customers have a smooth experience while getting the service or information they are looking for, and, ultimately, choose to keep working with you again for future travelling adventures.

 

Think about what makes you different.

Tours can get (very) repetitive, and that’s the reason you need to discover the perfect way to stand out from the crowd. The best way to start doing this is by taking a look at what your competitors are already doing.

 

Getting a close view of the experience they offer will let you pinout what you would do differently to bring excitement and a good pinch of uniqueness to the destinations you offer to travellers.

 

Create eye-catching content

Finding motivated travellers and sharing content that will be valuable for them should be a critical part of your engagement strategies as a travel operator. As you may have noticed already, creativity has a vital role during the entire process of opening your own tour business, especially during the content creation stage.

 

Keep it diverse, and focus on generating a long-lasting positive impression of your brand. A high engagement comes from the content of value that both entertains and informs prospective tourists that land on your website or comes across any of your posts on social media.

 

Use a good software system that helps you grow

By following these tips, you’ll differentiate your tour operator business from your competitors and, most importantly, get the chance to promote unique, fun, responsible and ethical destinations for travellers to enjoy.

 

Get access to powerful tools to help your online travelling business grow, start your free trial with the Clean Travel booking software today.

Clean Travel owes much of its creation to the almost three years I spent living in Nepal, working with The Umbrella Foundation, an anti-child trafficking charity. My time there changed my life and opened my eyes to a world beyond the corporate career I had embodied up until that point. In addition to the significant personal development I also learned that aid and the traditional charity model was not sustainable and that in fact, most people didn’t want handouts. There are countless hard-working, intelligent people around the world who, if given a chance, would happily earn their own way. What they are lacking is the opportunity to do so.

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