Online Travel Guides Having a Heyday

As Online Travel has caught the fancy of the internet savvy travelers the online travel market is booming. No wonder that the online Travel is one of the fastest growing markets worldwide. India is also not left behind in this race as according to industry Pundits, Online Travel Market in India would be worth around US $ 6 Billion.

As a logical extension to such buoyancy, Travel Guides have shown a steady rising to move online and in the process fulfilling the needs of the niche readers. Both traditional print brands as well as purely cyber entities are slogging it out to grab the attention of this niche segment. The publishers of print brands after their initial reluctance have also started embracing the web and publish all their content online.
Travel Guides

Let’s take a look at what the Travel Guides offer. Travel guides have become a necessary tool for anyone who is thinking of vacation. A Travel Guide is full of helpful advice, precise information, good ideas etc besides being well-written, well laid out as well as well indexed.

These City centric guides provide information on all aspects of travel. You can get good information on How to Reach, Attractions, Excursions, festivals, History along with the various kinds of accommodations available like lodges, hotels, resorts and the bed-and-breakfasts. Convenient maps make it easy for the newcomers to exactly pinpoint any destination.

An ideal Travel guide should also briefly outline the recreational activities coupled with more mundane activities of life that can be done in a particular city. Another important aspect that is generally missed out is the public transport of the cities where a traveler lands up. A genuine Travel Guide is also supposed to give precise information of the state of public transport highlighting bus routes, Cabs and Auto fares.

Another important aspect of a City Guide is to have a semblance of balanced information. This is important because travel can be both for as well as business.

Pros and cons of Online Travel Guides

More and more people are into researching the internet as a result the Online Travel Guides have become quite popular as compared to their print counterparts. However both the two brands have their own set of advantages and limitations.

Online Destination Guides are successful in tapping user-generated reviews and provide the added advantage of E- Commerce options. So surf the web pages of the guide and book flights, hotels and other arrangements at one go directly through the site. Another great feature of the Online Guides is that there is ample scope for value addition. For example Indian railway has planned a new train to connect Amritsar to Kasargod. This information can be easily updated in the Guide for the travelers to see.

As Hotels and rental agencies change their rates according to season and local competition, online travel guides also offer a dynamic lot of packages based on such variances. However coming to the flip side of it is very difficult to find Online Travel guides bereft of commercial influences. It is not uncommon to see many sites that are setup to merely attract the potential customers to a particular establishment, or sites giving reviews by travelers may not be wholly independent.

To conclude Online Travel Guides have become a very good way to gather information about smaller cities of India that has an immense tourism potential but often neglected. For example the whole of North east, Northern Kerala neglected as a tourist spot over the years have seen good tourist influx thanks to the ubiquitous travel guides.

How To Inspire Hotel/Restaurant Employees To Perform Better (Fast!)

Unfortunately your training employees maybe saying all the right things in front of you and then injecting less than flattering remarks or “pregnant pauses” when you or your managers step away.

Because most employees use their jobs to accomplish other goals, they are less invested with you to begin with and don’t value your business the way that you need them to. When these employees train new people they are quick to point out managerial and operational problems, highlighting everything that may be wrong with your business and sharing with the new employee that they are only at your business in order to get to their end goal, shaking the confidence of the new employee and changing his or her perception that this is not the best place to work.

It is a frustrating scenario for everyone involved and dealing with it myself for several years this is what I came up with and wrote for my fellow managers:

Try telling your hotel or retail employees (Or your entire restaurant FOH staff) “How you train new employees will directly impact your income and how hard you have to work every day. Would you like to correct fewer mistakes, enjoy a fun upbeat team environment, make twice as much money and have a more solid co-workers supporting you 100% of the time? It’s all in how you train your new hires.

Training is everything and the more you train new hires to appreciate your restaurant, hotel or retail business, it’s owner, managers and the existing team, the more you are actually training them to support you, make money FOR you and bolster you when you need help. If you train new employees that yours is an average business, restaurant or hotel with short comings, has short-tempered co-workers, shortsighted managers, bad staff meals, inconsistent or slow kitchen staff, inattentive or micromanaging owners or managers, and ignored equipment repairs, you will actually be doubling your own work load and you don’t even know it. You will actually be training your new team to bring you down when you need to be brought up the most.

If you incorporate eye-rolling or sarcastic remarks in your training you are actually teaching any new hire to work less, feel unenthusiastic, sell less, create short-cuts, look for ways to create smoke or text breaks instead of keeping side-work, customers and sales flowing or ever helping you when you need it.

You will make less money and work harder, longer hours and leave with less energy and enthusiasm for your family and life goals when you train with indifference or disdain.

New hires will be less effective and less effective, less productive and actually cost you time and money when you highlight anything but the very best of the business. You actually control the mood, spirit and income of the entire restaurant or hotel when new employees are in your hands. You should not take this responsibility lightly.

Showing new hires the tricks to check your phone mid-shift, chew gum, be disrespectful to managers, slack off, “cheat the clock” or in restaurants: stand in front of a computer when you have no orders to put in instead of helping to run food or drinks or engage new guests in order to book future reservations speaks volumes to the person you are training and the people watching you. When your new co-workers do these things, they will find themselves in “hot-water,” eventually let-go and you will have to start training someone new all over again which means twice as much work before you to get a team-member up and running and contributing equally. Attitude is everything and if you want the absolute most money (even if you only plan to be in this business for another week, train your new employees to appreciate all of the amazing things about your restaurant or hotel. Train them to constantly look for something to do, restock, run, clear, carry, double check or find customers to engage with and get new reservations from will directly create a path for you to be recognized and promoted, supported and thanked instead of watched, checked and micro-managed which is exhausting. Instead, create an environment of positiveness, support and more sales and your new co-worker will make you more money, give you more energy and more advancement plus guarantee you that you are always are welcome back should you ever decide to leave.

Leave the negativity, the side comments, eye-rolling, time stealing to people of less caliber who may just be on their way “out” but don’t know it and focus on the new way people make more money: by being supportive, collaborative exciting one another and showing leadership skills to help create the absolute best and strongest team, workday and bank account. Isn’t that what you want? To make the most money and have the most energy at the end of the day? Then train your new co-worker that this is the absolute best hotel, restaurant or retail store to work for, these are the best people to work with and the best people to work for. The systems that are in place here make it easy to make money, unlike many businesses, this is a well-oiled machine and when all the parts move together it creates amazing experiences, excitement, money, friendships and more customers plus feeds your future dreams. While other businesses come and go, try and fail, offer discounts and Groupons to get customers through the door, if you all work as a positive, polished, customer service focused team, you will never have to worry about looking for and training somewhere else. They can create an ever growing flow of repeat clientele by engaging customers to return, not taking short cuts, pitching and helping the team be better but that can only happen with your supportive, enthusiastic, high-caliber training. With your training they can create bigger spending, nicer, repeat, regular, effortless, fun customers for your team’s entire future.”

Tell your staff to train for the best, expect the best and be the best. How you do anything is how you do everything and training the people around you to create money, time and wealth for themselves and you is what the smart people do. Not so smart people create animosity, hardship and ill-will for themselves and the people around them and subsequently cost themselves money, energy, time and often their own jobs. Help your employees create the best for themselves by being the best and sharing this with your staff.

Online Travel Guides Are Making An Impact With Travelers

Traveling to a new place needs lot of preparations. However, the first thing that should be done as a part of preparing for the travel is buying travel guides for the place. It is always good to consult more than one guide for traveling to be sure that the information that is furnished is correct. However, with time things have changed drastically and these guides have also taken a new shape and appearance. Online guides related to travel and tourism are available and you can gather all kinds of information regarding a destination. Many travelers and tourists also publish their travel experiences and travelogues online so that people can read them and get ideas or advice.

Travel guides become very important in places where there is a language problem barrier. In such countries, it is very important to have the right kinds of guides so that moving around becomes easy and convenient. Many guides also have some language help for tourists and some common terms and phrases are mentioned so that travelers can communicate the very important things without any problem in the new country. These kinds of assistance are also offered through the various online guides. There are translation facilities available on the internet as well that make things easier and convenient. Some of the online guides also have forums where travelers and tourists can interact with one another and share their experiences.

Online guides that help in traveling also provide complete and detailed information about a place, like the climatic conditions, the weather patterns, food habits, lifestyle, places of interest and similar things. Therefore planning the entire trip becomes extremely easy and convenient with such guides. In fact, the total program of the trip can be planned with the help of proper guides so that the whole trip remains smooth and hassle free. And when things are planned in advance, there are no additional tensions as well. Detailed planning for each day can be done. Guide books provide information regarding the various places of interest in the country and the ways to reach there. One can sort the most important places if there is time constraint.

Having the right kind of food is very important during a trip. Good guides will provide detailed information about the various restaurants and eateries that you will find in the city. The kind of cuisines that are served in the restaurants are also mentioned along with the direction and the opening hours of the restaurant. Apart from large and well known restaurants, information regarding general eateries is also provided in many guides. Apart from printed guides, online guides are also great sources of such information.