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Product Details

  • Series: Start & Run ...
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Self Counsel Press; 2 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551802848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551802848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Whether you want to travel year-round or for two weeks every summer, whether your ideal is tropical climates or icy mountaintops, luxury hotels or backpacks and hiking boots, tour guiding is one route to traveling where and when you like. This career demands creativity, planning, and sometimes endless patience, but you set your own timetable and pursue your own itinerary.

The authors provide background information on the travel industry, describe what is involved in tour guiding, explain how to develop tours to your favorite destination, and outline the planning you must do no matter where you are going. They also include a blueprint for the entrepreneur who wants to establish a larger tour operation. The book answers questions such as:

- What should I think about when I plan a bus tour? A cruise? - Where do I find the answers to tour members’ questions? - How do I deal with lost luggage or disorderly tourists? - What about sidetrips? - How can I market my tour?

About the Author

Barbara and Richard make their living writing about travel and the business of travel. They also worked in the travel industry for many years as agents, managers, owners of travel agencies, and as consultants to other firms and individuals. Susan is a professional writer and editor who focuses on travel writing.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Slater on January 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was a disappointment. I found it to have several chapters of vague generalities and typical small business boilerplate that I don't want to pay for.
It definitely does not give me the information I need to know to start a tour operator business. The most important example of it is it simply says nothing whatsoever about insurance and how to protect yourself from liability. That in itself should be an absolute condemnation of the book.
The only reason I didn't give it 1 star is it says a bit about how to guide a tour, which someone might find slightly useful, but overall, the book is not worth buying.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Branislav Rabotic on November 4, 2004
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Absolutely basic approach to tour guiding in this book can hardly give you any valuable knowledge of the profession! Obviously, the authors were unable to give us a more insightful and informative text on tour guiding as such, so they decided to fill their book with some other topics more or less irrelevant to the theme. The second half of the 'Tour Guiding Business' gives us an equally simplified approach to travel agent practice focusing on topics such as 'Making your business legal', 'Equipping your office' and 'Marketing a large tour operation'. Think twice before you decide that you need the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. on April 16, 2014
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How out of date can a book be...this is like a US history book that ended with the natives selling Manhattan. The mentions of internet (or the "world wide web") are minimal and states decade old statistics. This book is fairly useless. The world changed dramatically since it was written. Sad that it is still published...I seriously want my money back.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee on August 30, 2012
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I bought a few Tour Guide Business Books to help my brother. We could not find the start to finish step by step instructions we thought we might find in this book. It did give some advice, warnings, references and resources. But maybe there isn't a manual written yet that can do what he needs.
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