Spotlight: Nicolas Marichal, Editor-in-chief from USE-IT and the quest to travel like a local

Published by Franziska Wernet on Jun 30, 2017

Editor's note: This article was originally written and published in German. You can find the original interview here

Have you heard of USE-IT? If you're a frequent travellers in and around Europe, chances are you've spotted one of their old-school paper maps in a hostel, an Airbnb or a tourist office. USE-IT is dedicated to producing city maps that include insightful tips and recommendations from locals, giving travellers the opportunity to explore a destination in a more candid manner.

We spoke to Nicolas Marichal, Editor-in-chief of USE-IT since 2004, to find out more about the project and what DMOs and tour and activity providers can learn from this approach.   

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Spotlight: the magic of adventure tours with TrekkSoft customer WildSicily

Published by M. Giulia Biagiotti on Jun 28, 2017

They say that when passion becomes your job, it's no longer a job. And when you are passionate about your home country and your culture, there is no better way to show it than by highlighting its beauty to the world.

Today we have been speaking to Andrea Giardina, Director of WildSicily, to hear about his experience of building off-track adventure tours on the magnificent island of Sicily.

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Spotlight on Matilde Atorino, CEO of BIKENBIKE, where innovation meets cycle tourism

Published by M. Giulia Biagiotti on Jun 23, 2017

Editor's note: This article was originally written in Italian and translated by Giulia Biagiotti. You can find the original article here

For a while now, bike tours and cycle tourism has been an established trend across Europe. For Italy, it seems that this year will be a great one for bike tours across the country as the this emerging trend continues to grow and fully embraces its potential. 

For this interview, we're delighted to speak to Matilde Atorino, CEO of BIKENBIKE, a social platform founded in 2016 that aims to connect travellers who love exploring on two wheels with locals who enjoy showing off their destination in the same way.

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The best advice from TrekkSoft customers on successful tours and activities

Published by Sara Napier Burkhard on May 18, 2017

From tour operators to activity providers, we feel very fortunate to have so many talented, interesting customers from across the globe. From cityscapes to exotic destinations, it's always a pleasure to work with a variety of customers.

One of the most rewarding parts of what we get to do at TrekkSoft is having the opportunity to work with and learn from so many different industry professionals. From DMOs to tour operators, there's plenty of knowledge we can share. That's why we've put together this collection of advice from some of our favorite Spotlight articles.  

We hope it will give you some inspiration as we move into tourism's high season. 

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Spotlight: Meet Christophe Desmarais, the entrepreneur behind the start-up Catamaran Cruises Mauritius

Published by Nicole Kow on May 16, 2017

Christophe Desmarais is the founderof Catamaran Cruises Mauritius, a cruise excursion company that delights guests with sailing experiences around the islands of Mauritius. When I first spoke to Christophe a year and a half ago, he was working full time managing one of Mauritius' best-loved luxury resort and managing his own company.

It was this - that he started a new company while having a day job - that got me interested in his story. In this interview, Christophe told me about Catamaran Cruises Mauritius and we discussed the importance of a great website when building a tour and activity company. 

Since then, Christophe has managed to transition out of his day job and worked full time on his hobby. In this interview, I learned a lot about his incredible experiencesas an entrepreneur with a thriving business. Read his story here. 

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Spotlight on Carrosse DeLouis, and discovering a booking solution that will grow with the company

Published by Nicole Kow on May 5, 2017

Based in Berlin, Carrosse DeLouis offers the world's first ever electric carriages, blending together luxury and tech to deliver an unforgettable experience. From city and culinary tours to trips to the countryside to private and corporate events, the company is just at the start of their incredible journey. 

We met up with Peter Jumpterz, founder and co-CEO of the company to learn more about his tours, his company and why TrekkSoft was the perfect choice for his company. 

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Spotlight: Terrandes Adventure, a DMC offering personalised tour experiences in Ecuador

Published by Lucy Fuggle on Apr 28, 2017

This Spotlight article was originally published in Spanish by María Eugenia Coppola.

Paradisaical beaches, unique landscapes and lush nature. Generous people, rich history, and delicious gastronomy. It's almost impossible to say what's the best thing about Ecuador because every visitor falls in love with something different.

That's how Terrandes Adventure was born four years ago. Gabriela Cordero, Sales Manager of the company, caught up with us to share how they have managed to position themselves in the industry with a strong emphasis on customized experiences.

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Spotlight Interview: Brewer's Berlin Tours

Published by Franziska Wernet on Apr 4, 2017

We spoke to Mate from Brewer's Berlin Tours (also a TrekkSoft customer!), a company run by "a tight-knit team of Berliners who walk the German capital's streets in the name of Terry Brewer — the man, myth and legend who led tours across the Berlin Wall for allied personnel in the 1960s."

In this Spotlight interview, Mate shares how his company has evolved in the last few years to adapt to the competitive walking tours market in Berlin, and how accepting bookings online has set their business up for success.

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Spotlight Interview with Elena Paschinger from Creative Tourism Austria

Published by Franziska Wernet on Mar 2, 2017

As we’ve noted in our Travel Trend Report 2017, it is becoming increasingly important for today's traveler to have an authentic  experience during their travels. Today’s travelers simply do not want to be perceived as typical tourists.

When we think of authentic travel experiences, we think of keywords like  meeting locals, experiencing the everyday lives of locals, storytelling, and also creative tourism.

We talked to Elena Paschinger, a travel blogger, tourism consultant and creative traveler to understand the different approaches to creative tourism and what it means  for you as a tour and activity provider.

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Our Spotlight interview with TripAdvisor on the democratisation of tourism

Published by Lucy Fuggle on Feb 10, 2017

This Spotlight interview has been translated from the original Spanish by María Eugenia Coppola.

Every month, 390 million users log on to TripAdvisor all over the world. Can you visualise how big that community is? It's more than eight times the total population of Spain or Argentina! Without a doubt, the platform offers something that consumers are looking for.

But what value does TripAdvisor offer companies in the tourism sector? How can you improve the positioning of your business? How much time should you devote to the platform? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this interview with Blanca Zayas, Associate Director of Communications for TripAdvisor Spain and Brazil.

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