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The real cost of low cost booking software

Let me tell you the story of TrekkSoft. Our company was founded in 2010 by 3 partners - Jon Fauver, an experienced rafting guide and co-owner of Outdoor Interlaken, Philippe Willi, co-owner of Outdoor Interlaken and Valentin Binnedijk, co-owner of an e-commerce and web design agency.

TrekkSoft was built in Interlaken, Switzerland at the request of tour and activity operators in the region who were desperate for a booking management tool that could help their businesses to connect together and grow. We like to say that TrekkSoft was built by tour operators for tour operators as they were instrumental to our product.

Since 2010, we've grown to have offices and staff around the world. We are constantly speaking to our customers, researching industry insights and innovating our product to keep our mission to 'Make the world's activities bookable'. We want to help companies grow as we grow and our pricing models reflect this.

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Published by Lucy Fuggle | Nov 3, 2015 | | 2 MIN READ

4 tourism trends for 2016 for tour operators in France to know about

France is on course to have a record year for tourism in 2015, which will help to boost sector revenue by approximately 4 percent, says minister for foreign affairs and tourism Laurent Fabius.

To keep up, here are four trends for tour operators and activity providers in France to consider for the end of 2015 and 2016. Take advantage of the influx of U.S. tourists, the global spotlight on rural France, and government spending on tourism.

Paris popular with American tourists

 

1. It's a great time to target U.S. tourists

A favourable exchange rate between the euro and the dollar makes 2015 and 2016 an ideal year to target American tourists as a tour operator. France has welcomed an overall 6 per cent more U.S. arrivals in 2015, especially in regions such as Alsace and Cognac (see Travel Pulse).

To target American tourists, you could consider a Google AdWords or Facebook advertising campaign focused on those browsing things to do in your region. You can also pay attention to the increased investment in tourism partners by the French government. 


2. Tourism growth isn't just happening in the cities

Lonely Planet has celebrated the Auvergne region in central France for offering “life-changing experiences”, as one of their six international must-visit regions for 2016 (alongside Bavaria in Germany and West Iceland).

If you're in a region that's receiving positive press acclaim, take advantage of it. Get your tours or activities on the map with a social media strategy, partner with other local businesses and your tourism board, and build up your selection of great TripAdvisor reviews.

Rural France tourism spotlight during 2015

3. The French government is spending big on tourism

In June 2015, France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced the country's plans to boost yearly tourism visitors from 84 million to 100 million by the end of the decade, stating that:

"We have to educate people so that they speak different languages, we need a publicity campaign on television, and we need to make sure people receive a good welcome when they arrive at airports".

The minister emphasised that more should be done to encourage tourists to stay for longer, as well as noting the need to address the quality of hotels, especially in the age of growing Airbnb use. 

Croissants as part of French culture 

4. Increased Airbnb bookings are raising the digital expectations of tourists

50,000 apartments in Paris have been available to rent on Airbnb in 2015, compared to just 4,000 in 2012. In an attempt to appease the city's concerned hotel industry, a taxe de sejour (at a rate of 83 cents per night) was added to Airbnb customers' bills From October 1 2015.

However, the trend of online bookings isn't just affecting the hotel industry. 

Because tourists can easily book their accommodation online (and in a personalized way), they are expecting a similar experience when booking their tours and activities.

Satisfy these expectations by having a website with a booking system that lets customers simply click "book now" and pay online. You'll notice the difference it has on your business, particularly for digitally-savvy customers.

To help reach even more people with your website, our SEO guide also has some handy tips:

TrekkSoft SEO Guide 

Want to find out why tour and activity providers in 121 countries use TrekkSoft booking and payment software?

 

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Lucy Fuggle
Published by Lucy Fuggle
Lucy spent three years building TrekkSoft’s content strategy and inbound marketing approach. She now helps companies to find their voice, kick-start projects, and bring in processes that actually work for them. Lucy writes and shares her solo adventures on lucyfuggle.com.
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