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Private Tours Mean Business

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Can private tours be the key for tour operators to reopen their businesses?  In our first Global Tours Connect roundtable, we talked about the concerns for safety and comfort for guests, tour guides, and partners.  One of the primary obstacles discussed was the idea of blended tours with guests who didn’t know one another. Many ideas…

Tour Operators, let us tell your story

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Our mission: To unite the tour industry Our industry is more than the connections between each of us. It’s also how we connect with future guests. Our marketing plan includes strong SEO, and part of that is telling your story.  We want guests to know you and your community. That being said, we want to…

Reopening and Restarting Roundtable

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Takeaways from our first GTC Roundtable After the success of the Culinary and Food Experiences Roundtable during the recent Arival Virtual Summit, we at Global Tours Connect have launched bi-weekly GTC roundtables for tour operators to discuss what’s happening in our industry. Our first roundtable topic, “Reopening and Restarting” was fully booked with food tour…

Announcing GTC Tour Operator Roundatbles

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Since our mission is to unite our industry, we only saw it fitting to host interactive roundtable discussions for tour operators. Every other week Global Tours Connect will be hosting an intimate 40-minute conversation for up to 15 tour operators to discuss topics that are important to our tour businesses. Our first GTC Roundtable was…

8 Takeaways from the Arival Virtual Summit – Food & Culinary Experiences Roundtable

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Given the times we are in, when large meetings are nearly impossible, collaborating in a virtual space is becoming the new normal. Honestly, how many Zoom and Google Meet chats have we all participated in during the last four months? And in the case of this week’s first-ever Arival Virtual Summit, getting hundreds of tour…

So … What’s the (Marketing) Plan, Stan?

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It may be quite fitting that in thinking of a quirky title for this post, the rhyme that we were trying to make work is somewhat from the old Paul Simon song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” In it, a woman encourages a man to leave his lover (Hello … the title of the…

An Open Letter to Tour Operators About Viator’s New $29 Onboarding Fee

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Dear Tour Operators, Like you, we have read and are trying to process the open letter from Viator. Like you, we are tour operators and are fuming. During a time in which travel is uncertain, and tour and attractions are slowly opening, ticket sales are more than important, they are vital.  We would like to…

Global Tours Connect Announces Launch on Tourpreneur Podcast

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What a week! On Monday, Shane Whaley of Tourpreneur was the first media outlet to share our exciting news.  After weeks of behind-the-scenes work, hundreds of emails, texts, video conferences, and calls, the dream of an online tour marketplace created by tour operators for tour operators has come to fruition. It is only natural that…