Friday, November 4, 2011
Tourism Business Ideas
Building a business by offering tours might be easier than you think. You don't see how it's possible? Well, every town has a history. Whether part of your town is actually "old" or "ancient" doesn't necessarily have to be the case. You can do a little bit of research and a little investigating and figure out how wonderful certain buildings or companies or what have you can be.
For example, Galveston, TX has been around since the 1800s. It has history of huge storms (like the one in 1900 and Hurricane Ike). They have mansions and a boardwalk and a lot of history in the short amount of time they've been in existence. Because of that, people have developed all sorts of tours to show visitors around. There are tours of specific houses that people can look through - like the Moody Mansion. There is even a duck tour there where a a vehicle/boat type of transportation can take visitors through the town not only on the roads, but can even go into the water.
Now, I realize not every town has history like that but they all do. I even took a tour of Boston, MA that just went around the streets showing us different buildings and their significance in history.
Most tours within smaller towns are walking tours. There is a lot of stopping and shopping and walking, but it usually costs less than $10 so don't charge too much for your visitors to check out the sites. If you can get even just ten people for a one hour walk, you can make $70-$100 in one hour!
Advertise your tourism through flyers and e-mails or a social media network or two. Even people in your town might take advantage and realize how little they know about the place they live in, so be sure to invite them as well.
As you're walking around, make sure you've giving good and relevant information to where you are. Talk about the streets, buildings, etc. and be sure to point out certain events or sites where something crucial or really interesting happened and explain it. This can make just a few blocks of walking, last quite a while, just by actually explaining where everything came from and why it's interesting and how it has helped develop the town.
So get creative, do some research, and get your "business" name out there for the town to know and hear. You'll have people lining up to learn about your town and where it came from in no time, if you do it correctly.