Visit Norfolk could not ask for a better resource than TheTourOperator.com to assist operators in building new unique itineraries and destination research. Itinerary-building can be a time consuming process, but this easy-to-use site makes it uncomplicated & effortless! TheTourOperator.com is a valuable resource by saving time and giving reliable information on destinations all found in one place.
I woke up one morning last week and received nearly 170 email tracking notices from thetouroperator.com after your 'Live Like A Local" promotion. The fact that we get tracking and marketing to the trade for such a minimal amount of money amazes me...
I agreed to be test case and the first Canadian destination to be featured on thetouroperator.com because I saw that it provided buyers access to everything they need for product development and customized itinerary planning on one site. They have the only system that generates real time e-mail alerts that tell me which tour operator/travel planner is downloading my images and itineraries; it also allows me to see what they are most interested in learning about and who they are. I use this information to further build the relationship between these operators/planners to ensure that Richmond, BC Canada in Metro Vancouver is part of their tariffs and potential schedule appointments with them at trade shows. I think this would be a useful for other Canadian DMO's, too.
In previous years we had been using www.thetouroperator.com on blind faith because I felt that tour operators liked it, but in the past year we've even been getting trickles of tracking e-mails when someone downloads our photos telling us who it is and industry segment. When they download photos we know they are using it for brochures or their website.
We use thetouroperator.com as a tool to educate buyers about the fact that they can have a wine country experience about an hour from San Francisco. This is the only website that provides me with actual names of the companies that are interested in our product. I've been recommending it to my colleagues in other cities.
I use thetouroperator.com as my own homepage and I have a link to it on my e-mail signature. It's actually easier for tour operators to find our trade content on thetouroperator.com than it is on our website; I also get tracking emails every time they take someone views my content so I can track who's researching my destination.
We were using Google to research information about destinations, but my entire department now uses www.thetouroperator.com. It's the only website we can find almost everything we need to quickly respond to MICE and Leisure group requests.
We are now using www.thetouroperator.com exclusively for images for our brochures and website promotions.
We used thetouroperator.com as inspiration for our 2014-15 America program. Then we used many of the itineraries, coupons and royalty-free photos to build our brochure.
I registered on the Tour operator.com web site and was amazed at all the information we have available at our fingertips. If everyone would use this for cities we do not use hat much would make all our work life a little easier.
Being able to use pictures to present the destinations to our clients, saves us a lot of time from searching online and not taking the risk of violating copyright laws. The itineraries might be the most used tool of all, since it helps all travel professionals to sell a destination with all the major attractions and/or visits even if we are not familiar with the destination.
As almost 100% of our business involves research and up-to-date knowledge, TheTourOperator.com website has revolutionized the way we work.
For Travel Agents, without our ability to show pictures of a destination and find timely itineraries to enhance the pictures, we are really stumped as how to really get the message over to our clients.
Personally, I believe this site is a no brainer for us to use. Part of our job is to relate the best unknown facts and positive information and pictures to use. We copy and put so much information out there to our clients using this site. Isn't it kind of like free advertising? If any of your suppliers need a Travel Agent to talk to, just call me. We are here to work with them too, each and every day.
Absolutely love the site, the content, destination pieces, suggested itineraries, royalty free images and travel industry news. Keep up the great work and thank you from all of us at Festival Tours.
The Tour Operator is a useful tool in many ways. The high-resolution pictures are great for reproducing in our direct mail brochures and the itineraries often provide new ideas for our existing or new itineraries. The ease of access is valuable in the busy day of a tour operator.
To industry professionals, TheTourOperator.com is like a Michelin Guide to gourmets. From itineraries to value coupons and more…A wide array of information about traveling in U.S. are provided with easy access and brilliant multi-language options. It is truly useful, especially for international operators. Love it!
It is impossible to be a member or on close terms everywhere so if there were a central place to go hunting for ideas for theme and special interest trips (our specialty), is a great asset for us. My only advice is "Keep up the good work!"
I read your weekly news religiously because you send out the weekly email. Having the suppliers pay to be "in the news" could be good or maybe you already do that? I also periodically look at the coupon/voucher section to see what's new, but it is a little lacking. Need more good values there. When something new is added, send out an email alert to let people know that is there.
Photos. I have suggested to our marketing team to go to the stock photos. Not sure what they have used.
I read the TourOperator.com for general info about the industry, other than that, I find it very useful, for some destinations that I am not familiar with, also to learn of new properties and services. It fits my needs perfectly, so I cannot suggest any way of improving its content. It is a very professional website and sometimes my only source of information, succinct and easy to read. So, congrats in a well done job and I look forward to receive your emails.