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Product developments - Activities Planet

Product developments

Are you a startup inbound tour operator or an existing company did business inB2B (Business to Business) environment?  If yes, you must be understanding the important of B2C business (Business customer) and digital marketing. Then the first thing you need to concentrate on developing products that are easily bookable by visitors.

Your product is the combination of ‘goods and services’ that make up the visitor experience, including the standard of your facilities and equipment, the level of service you provide and the quality of your interpretation. The development of your product should be guided by the type of experience or holiday needs your target market seeks. A backpacker may be happy to share a room with other travelers and place more value on the quality of their experience. A honeymoon couple may look for five-star indulgence in secluded, romantic surroundings. An Asian traveler may seek soft adventure experiences but want to return to a city hotel each day.

When developing your product we should always consider the product from the traveler’s view and focus on the benefits for them, otherwise you might have a product  that nobody wants; Think about the characteristics that make your product unique and define your unique selling proposition (USP), your point of  difference from the competition; and Remember that the characteristics of your product or service that directly meet your consumer’s needs may differ according to the market and the traveler you are targeting.

Not all products are suitable to be marketed overseas on an individual basis, particularly smaller products located outside of major gateway cities. It is essential that these products demonstrate an appeal that is not available in more accessible destinations.

It is often difficult to attract international visitors to an area outside established destinations as they may have limited time and knowledge of the area. However, by working cooperatively with your region to promote the destination as a whole, there is a better chance that visitors will take the time to visit. We should work in cooperation with local operators and create a package or bundle that will make your product more enticing.

When planning your product for inbound travelers consider:

 
Location – are there attractions and facilities nearby which enhance the appeal of your product?

Price – is the product competitively priced and does it allow for all levels of commission?

Accessibility – how do visitors get to your product? Is transport available?

Seasonality – are you open to coincide with peak arrivals from your target market?

Hours of operation – are they regular and compatible with transport times?

Time – how do you fit into an international itinerary? Do visitors need to stay overnight? Will they miss out on other attractions if they visit you?

Information Availability – for both tourists and your distribution partners

Reservations – How easy is it for consumers to book your product?

As tourism is essentially a service industry it is essential that quality standards permeate every aspect of your operations. The foundations for quality are comprehensive training, evaluation and accreditation programs for both management and staff.

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