10 Ways to Boost Local Travel Business this Summer

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Travel agencies working closely with hospitality businesses and other tourism vendors are constantly seeking ways to boost their business. Yet, start-ups and business owners often fail to understand the timely factors which drive efficiency. For instance, a travel business needs to change its strategies according to each season of the year. However, it’s worth noting that summer is the ideal time when most people are interested in travel. This is the time when they prefer traveling to the beaches more than going uphill. You have to understand the target market, their needs, and their choice of destination. Unfortunately, there is no one-plan-fits-all formula.

However, introducing innovative tourism ideas into mainstream business can do the trick. Have you thought about adding a network of ‘poshtels’? Did you try to spread awareness about these reasonable but luxurious hotels in your business plan? This can be one way to gain a competitive edge for your business this summer. It might also interest you to know that traveler preferences are changing and they seek adventure, excitement and thrill more than luxury. A vast majority of travelers are millennial who like to test new cuisines and stay with the locals to get the real taste of their culture. Basically, the generation Y travelers would want an economical travel experience and you can help millennials plan their trip. Learn 10 effective tips to boost local travel business but before that let’s dwell into some nitty gritties.

What Is Local Business?

The term may also be used to describe a franchise or corporate branch operating within a local area. A particular physical business or branch of an organization. Examples of Local Business include a restaurant, a particular branch of a restaurant chain, a branch of a bank, a medical practice, a club, a bowling alley, etc. It is the exact opposite of a multinational company that refers to a locally owned business. In some cases local business can be used for a franchise or a branch operating in a local area.

How Travel Industry Can Have Local Business?

The travel and tourism industry has grown into 100 billion per annum business. So what really makes a local business special? We can operate it in both part-time and full-time with little capital but we really need is a business model that targets niche market and aware of their customer profile. For instance the local business model can be customized according to the type of customer to be served. If you are an entrepreneur, single female or a group of traveler, the requirements and requisites of the journey have to be devised accordingly. Note that the requirement and choice places to visit for a corporate client might be in total contrast with the choices of a couple. This is why you have to think smartly for your niche.

Even though traveling and exploring is a huge part of who we are, in the light of the recent chain of events, particularly the recession, the tourism industry has seen some setbacks. Some travel start-ups are nervous about offering certain services, such as adventure travel. Furthermore, applying the fundamentals of business, you need to get a grip of native advertising, for without it, your sales will wither.

Explore: 10 reasons native advertising is for hospitality business

Focused Firepower

It is summer, the peak season for tourism, so there is no real need to spend on promotions, right? Wrong! You need to invest and focus on your marketing firepower. Pull out your old customer list and market to them like your life depended upon it. But before that here’s a list of quick questions to ask yourself.

  • What is unique in your travel business and what are you offering?
  • How are you planning to increase your PR?
  • How are you planning to do market segmentation and what’s your target market like?
  • What niche will you select?
  • How will you maintain a record of booking, cancellations and payment delays?
  • How do you plan to leverage the customers using mobile-friendly app?

We will help you on your way with some unique ideas to boost your local travel agency’s business. Watch this video and start applying the tactics to boost your travel business this summer with little effort. Follow these key strategies to find a stable ground.

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