TOUR OPERATORS AND TRAVEL AGENCIES
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- THE NEED
- ATA membership benefits for Tour Operators
are extraordinary. No wonder, since this association was born out of the
necessities experienced by other tour operators, necessities for which there
was simply no support - until ATA was formed - BY TOUR OPERATORS!
- THE SOLUTION
- If you are an average Tour Operator you
have a customer base of about 1200 clients per year. And if you are doing a
great job, your repeat clientele is about 95%. However, in order to keep
your customers satisfied you MUST, on a continuous basis, create new and
exciting itineraries, and that means new research regarding sights of
interest, the development of new timelines, new restaurants,
new hotels, new step-on guides - you need to build a
completely new infrastructure. And that, as we all know, is no easy
undertaking. And does not come cheap, either.
- WE CONDUCT THE RESEARCH
- Well, we are here to help. As a member of
The American Tour Association you have not only access to thousands of pages
of places that have been researched for you already in our Group Tour
Planner section of this site, allowing you to compose a new tour from the
comforts of your office, but you have access to active assistance in a
variety of ways that will help you save an additional hundreds of
hours in potential research and thousands of dollars in expenses. How?
- SAVE TENS OF THOUSAND
- We all know that hotels throughout the
world have different prices for different clients. If you move thousands of
people you can expect a lower rate than if you show up once in a blue moon.
ATA moves MANY THOUSANDS of people. Not by ourselves,
but through agencies like yours. When we contact a hotel or a restaurant, we
speak not for one company, but for thousands of companies, and many
hotels are aware that a contract with ATA can translate into hundreds of
thousands of dollars in additional business. This in turn guarantees us
the lowest rates in the business, rates that we in turn pass on to
you! We have companies that saved up to $ 30 per room/night - off THEIR best
rate! Simply by using ATA member hotels. How much in savings is that? Well,
considering that the average tour operator contracts for about 8000 hotel
rooms/nights per year, a one dollar saving per room per night equals $ 8000
in savings. One dollar = $ 8000. Multiply that by $ 30 and you can buy a
nice house in the Hollywood hills (well, almost).
- EXCELLENT SERVICE
THROUGH MEMBER HOTELS
- However, it is not only the potential
savings, but also the service you will experience. And for the same
reasons. ATA member hotels know the value of "going the extra
mile". They know that a happy client means repeat business and many member
hotels go out of their way to make your (our) clients happy. Some with small
evening entertainments and welcome cocktails, others with simple signs that
great your tour, but have a great effect on your group. And we know and
appreciate the value of their efforts and will keep sending clients until
they beg us to stop - it is a win-win situation.
There are two ways you can work
with member hotels. Either contact them directly and identify yourself as an ATA
member, or take advantage of our group reservation service (15 rooms or more)
and we will handle the reservations for you - AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO
YOU! And if you choose a destination where we have no member hotel, we will
negotiate the rate for you, also at no additional cost.
- EXCELLENT SERVICE AND
FOOD CHOICES THROUGH MEMBER RESTAURANTS
- The same is true for Restaurants.
Yes, there is a multitude of restaurants not only in the USA, but around the
world. But, as you probably learned the hard way, not many of them are
equipped to handle busloads of people. As a member of ATA we research
restaurants along your route for you - also at no additional cost to you.
- THE NEED FOR BUSES
- Want to take your clients overseas, or
into Mexico and still run the tour yourself? Well, aside from the hotels,
restaurants and step on guides (contact us for available guides) you need
BUSES! Again, no problem for ATA members, because if you don't find a member
bus company on our site, WE WILL FIND THE BUS FOR YOU! Again, at no
additional cost aside from the cost for the bus itself.
- ITINERARY DEVELOPMENT
- We will not only assist you in the above
aforementioned, but help you in developing new itineraries altogether.
Simply drop us a note with your preferred destination, and we will either
match you with an agency that offers packages to other tour operators (and
vice versa), or assist you in composing your own itinerary.
- LEAD FORWARDING
- As a member you do not only have your
name, address and phone number listed, but we will also list up to three of
your itineraries, or provide a direct link from our database to your site,
guaranteeing you exposure to those visitors. And if ATA receives a
request from potential clients like other tour operators, churches,
corporations or individuals, we will forward these requests to our
members which offer tours to the requested geographical area.
- Aside from facilitating strategic
alliances between various suppliers and yourself we also promote group
travel through a variety of initiatives, including trade show
participations and direct mailings.
- Through a Membership with the American
Tour Association you are letting other tour agencies know what you are
specializing in - one of the best ways to offer your own packages to other
- CERTIFICATE OF
- Last but not least you will receive a
certificate, identifying you as a member of The American Tour
Association. So, what are you waiting for?
2005 American Tour Association, Inc.