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How can I get domestic tourism business please?

Question submitted by @anonymous 30/08/2020 @ 11:20 am

Kia ora awesome business advisors!Got some great advice a couple of months ago so circling back to ask about a new initiative we are trying. I own Nature & Nosh Tours – we run hiking and food tours across the Waikato and Coromandel with a 100% international audience pre-covid. We created a kiwi-focussed series of short escapes called the Guide Series and a few bookings have started to trickle in.I’m a couple of weeks away from launching our Corporate packages. I’m really excited about their long-term potential. We’ve partnered with Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to offer bespoke half day to multiday corporate experiences for small groups of 6-15 that can incorporate: walking meetings (in nature), our immersive bush boardroom table for strategy sessions (facilitated or non-facilitated), wild food foraging, Rongoa Maori (traditional maori medicine) experiences, local food and wine tasting and demos, kayaking adventures and boutique or luxury accommodation.Through our partnership with Sanctuary mountain, our packages will contribute funds directly back to their conservation work and bird breeding programmes.I think from my research the bush boardroom and walking meetings are totally unique in NZ (has anyone come across anything similar?).I just wanted to ask questions around format. My background (before tourism and marketing) was conference & event management, so I know there may be opportunities for pre and post conference programmes. Sanctuary Mountain is based 50mins south of Hamilton and 1 hour from Rotorua, 1hour 20 from Tauranga.For companies looking for a company strategy session out of the office for their exec team, or team-building in nature with their small team, would this normally be half a day, or a full day including travel, or overnight? What time of year do they generally look to do something? (I know it will probably vary).I know companies generally have budget set for something like this, just looking for some insight if possible and maybe even a rough idea of budget per person. It’s almost impossible to find pricing online for similar packages as most are bespoke and priced upon enquiry.Thanks so much for any tips and tidbits you can offer.Cheers,Kylie

Question submitted by @kylierae 08/09/2020 @ 12:30 pm

Hi any suggestions on how a business that is 100% reliant on overseas clients can keep paying the bills untill our borders are open. We operate in a niche tourism sector catering for clients coming to New Zealand to ride and experience our fantastic country. We are a new & small player in this sector but it has cost us the best part of $250,000 dollars to get where we are. We have spoken to other operators in our sector who all report the same – zero business since the start of level 4. There is talk about shovel ready projects, well we are all ready with clients booked and ready to come & spend in all corners of New Zealand, unlike just skiers in Queenstown for instance. The very nature of our tours means we go all over the country spending everywhere, be great to hear some suggestions on how to keep our business alive and pay the bills. If we have to start selling our plant & machinery we won’t be here when the time comes. Yes we have all tried to find a New Zealand market, it just doesn’t exist for the obvious reason, if you ride you’ve probably got your own bike here. Plus you’re going to sort it out yourself.  We all understand the why, we now need an answer to how we cope with a situation that is taking away our life’s savings and shuting down our business. No point taking more loans if we can’t pay them back because we don’t have a business. Bit of a catch 22 on that one. The government has worked well in dealing with COVID now they need to work as hard on dealing with the business fallout. Thanks for reading my rant, it’s just we are getting desperate for help.

Question submitted by @openroad 22/07/2020 @ 3:54 pm

Kia ora team,I own Nature and Nosh Tours – we offer fully inclusive guided gourmet hiking tours in the Waikato and Coromandel. Pre covid, we had 99% international customers (mostly Aussies). I didn’t want to hibernate and wait for the trans-tasman bubble (which now seems even further away!). So, I decided to create a limited series of escapes for kiwi’s with our local guides. There’s only 6 places on each of the three set date escapes, and I put in more work to creating them than I care to think about. But – I can put on more dates if these sell out.I launched on Friday, and I’ve put a post up on the NZ Made page just waiting for it to be approved. I’ve also done one promoted FB and Insta targeted post so far. Here’s the campaign landing page with links to each escape: natureandnosh.co.nzI’d love for you great experts to take a look at the pages and make any suggestions on if I’m missing anything to help people book/convert? I’m probably banking too much on the NZ Made page post getting a lot of traction and enquiries, but I’ll need to put more into promotion after this if it doesn’t, so any suggestion would be amazing!My target audience is mostly NZ couples, 35 – 60 years (but room for a few solo travellers), interested in health and wellness but perhaps not super confident to organise a tramping escape on their own – or just don’t have the time and want to treat themselves to a getaway after maybe having an overseas holiday postponed. I’ve actively targeted Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as main centres. People would need to drive to the meeting point and we transport them during the escape from there (2 hours from Auckland), however, we can offer transfers in some instances.Thanks so much in advance!Kylie

Question submitted by @kylierae 14/07/2020 @ 4:14 pm

Thanks for reading this far!E-Scooter Tours launched December last year, offering visitors to Auckland a way to explore the Central City in a fast, efficient & modern way. As we stumbled through with classic startup experiences with website development, advertising in local tourism outlets, spending online advertising etc etc, we ended up with 95% of our business coming through online booking platforms such as Air BnB Experiences & Trip Advisor. Our cliental were also 95% overseas visitors. With this client pool now non-existant, we have regeared to also offer our scooters by hireage for domestic customers as a fun, exciting, innovative & environmentally friendly recreational activity. Our product actually suits the current environment very, very well. The early days of our work involved a lot of trial and error, and we were proud to do this, however now we have less of luxuries time & capital. Our question, for our business, what is the best means of communicating our features and benefits to the kiwi adventurers whether they are looking to adventure across regions or across town at lunch time! We are certain our business can offer people an exciting & affordable escape, we just want to find the best way to convey this. Any help, discussion, direction, critical advice is whole hearted appreciated. Thanks for reading this far!

Question submitted by @e-scooter-tours-new-zealand 15/05/2020 @ 10:13 am
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