Today, everyone is focusing on travelling. The governments of the most powerful countries in the world are promoting tourism. This increasing phenomenon of tourism and travelling has itself resulted in forming a separate industry. This industry, known as the tourism industry, is contributing a significant amount to the GDP, especially in the case of the developing countries.
Such opportunities for tourism have opened a new path for the development of travel agencies. These travel agencies make necessary arrangements that aid travelling in any manner. There are different types of packages available for travellers. They can be as small as booking tickets, or they can be as comprehensive as planning the whole tour. These tours can be of different types depending upon the interests and convenience of the travellers. Most common and probably the best tour packages are as follows:
1. Independent tour:
This is the most common type of package. It is the best for one traveller as well as a group of family and friends. It is suitable for those groups who wish to plan their tour and travel together independently. Customization is an essential feature of this tour. One can customize the package according to their wishes. If they want they can have transportation, food, accommodation, sight-seeing in that package or they might have only one or two facilities in their package. It is best for those who have a knack for travelling and know how to plan the tours. They can be further divided into two types Foreign Independent Tours and Domestic Independent Tours depending upon the geographical location.
2. Inclusive tour:
This type of tour is a complete package tour. As the name suggests, an inclusive tour includes everything from travel to accommodation to food. The person who is responsible for the designing of the tour is known as tour manager. He is responsible for managing all the facilities in the package. These tours are advertised as a combo deal. No element can be added or deleted from the package. Whatever is there in the package has to be bought.
3. Escorted tour:
This tour includes an escort service. In other words, a tour guide will always accompany right from the beginning of the journey until the end. The main responsibilities of the tour guide are to assist in airport, travel, accommodation, food, customs etc. These responsibilities can be divided between a professional and a local tour guide. The Professional guide will overlook the airport, custom etc. whereas the local one looks over for local facilities like food, accommodation. Such a tour is always preferred when one is visiting a place for the very first time and is in need of some assistance.
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4. Business tour:
This category of tours has become the reason for profits for many agencies. The idea behind the same is globalization. With the advent of globalization, the business has increased, which resulted in increased travelling to attend conferences, meetings etc. It is designed considering the needs of business people but still includes the element of local travelling and shopping.
Other types of tours can be ‘Hosted tours’. This includes the utilization of services of one agency by another. It is more frequently seen in foreign tours. ‘Incentive tours’ is another variety. These are given by the companies as the rewards to their employees for performing well. The rationale behind it is to motivate other employees to work well.
Apart from this classification basis, another basis could be the theme of the tour. Based on this, there are packaged or escorted tours. They are majorly segregated as per the interests of the traveller. Some of them are as follows:
- Mountain tour: Tour majorly focused on the trekking of mountains, camping etc.
- Wildlife tour: Tour concentrating only on the wildlife activities of a particular area.
- Desert safari: Tour involving the rides in the desert and its allied activities.
- Pilgrimage tour: It is more common in India as India is the home to many of the pilgrimage sites.
- Beech tours: Tour involving beech and water activities, etc.
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No matter what type of a tour one opts for, there is no such thing as the ‘best tour’. Each has its pros and cons and it’s up to the traveller what they prefer and why. Each agency should try to provide all the packages. So, if you are planning a trip, let us know. Indifi is a market leader in this space, we will be delighted to help you out.