We have listed below various questions you may have and given short answers to each. We will be happy to answer these in greater detail if you wish, along with any other questions you may have.
Over the last few years we have witnessed numerous local travel information websites come and go. The fact that many people have tried and failed to build and maintain a successful local travel information website is the precise reason why we are offering this opportunity. With success in a number of markets we have proven that our model works and this is largely due to the fact that our sites are part of a bigger network, so local partners can draw upon our large skill base and obtain the support required to make a success of their site.
Most websites fail to make enough money because of the huge technical costs of creating and maintaining a website. We have invested over 1 Million pounds into the technology and website you see today. From the front end to the back end management systems as well as the global hosting infrastructure and SEO Optimisation. Equally, every month new features are being added, giving our Local Travel Partners even more benefits to sell to local businesses. You do not have to pay for any of these costs. Your monthly subscription gives you access to all free updates.
We are looking for people who have the energy and motivation to create a strong customer base in a short period of time. You must be keen to run your own business, manage your own employees, focus on success and be prepared to put in the necessary time to make it happen.
Because our local travel partners are experts in their destination and know the best their areas has to offer. Finding local travel partners for the businesses allows us to source the best experiences and expand at a much quicker rate than if we had to go to each destination, set up the business and employ and manage staff. Our main objective is to expand quickly so we can all benefit from being part of a global network.
We want our Local Travel Partners to succeed so on that basis we will be selective with whom we choose to grant a territory licence to. Potential partners do not have to have had experience in the online guide industry or thousands of contacts in place but we do view this as a large advantage. Our network is an eclectical mix but what we all have in common is that we are disciplined, capable, have a positive outlook on life, and are pleasant individuals to work with.
The commencement date is the day when we hand over the site to you, you will receive a username and password to log in to the site's admin system, login to the social media accounts, a marketing pack and our technical support team will give you an online run through of every aspect of the admin system.
After commencement date you then have a 3 month ‘grace period’ in which to begin seeding your site with good quality content and preparing it to begin approaching advertisers. Subject to the site being ready and passing our quality assurance checks, we will launch the site after these 3 months. At this point your sales team should be in a position to start approaching local businesses.
On your commencement date one of our technical support team will train you online, via a Skype call, in all aspects of operating the admin system. The admin system is the backend of the site which allows you to operate your business on a day to day basis. It has been built to be easy to use without any previous technical knowledge however basic computing skills will be required.
Yes, like any other business this is an investment and and one of the benefits of owning a business is the ability to sell that business and receive the capital appreciation you have built up over time. Before a sale completes we will need to approve the new owner just in the same way that we do with you when granting the initial destination licence.
Each local travel partner is awarded sole rights to a territory as part of their Local Travel Partner Agreement which protects you so we cannot sell another destination within the area.
Assuming you have made the decision to run your own business, becoming a partner with us offers many clear advantages versus creating a new business from scratch. You will be able to use an existing successful business format and an established brand giving you instantly more credibility with your customers as they see you as part of a larger International organisation. This reduces the risk when starting up a new business or working a new area and allows you to focus on growing your business as we take care of the ever evolving technology changes.
The short answer is Yes. When you come on-board we will give you more information about how we protect our data.