Vancouver-based ToursByLocals is tapping into the surging demand for authentic, local, personalised and intimate travel experiences, connecting travellers with local tour guides to enhance holidays across the country – and beyond (when possible).
ToursByLocals is calling on travel advisors to improve clients’ travel experiences by registering online and booking commissionable, bespoke tours as the perfect add on to an existing or new trip.
With some 4,800 professional guides offering approximately 30,000 different tours in 192 countries and with 1.5 million customers to date, ToursByLocals brings together travellers looking for private excursions with local guides that can offer a customisable, insider’s tour of their destination.
Guide expertise ranges from archaeologists and art historians to wildlife experts, photographers and foodies: travellers pick the guide that best suits their travel style. For now, while we can’t travel internationally, a ToursByLocals tour guide is great for clients to explore their own backyard, while supporting local businesses as they continue to struggle from COVID-19.
For clients booking 2021 and 2022 cruises, ToursByLocals has a Find Your Cruise function, that is specifically designed to assist in selecting shore excursions to match an upcoming cruise. Offering excursions for those travelling with the likes of Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Ponant, Windstar, Azamara and others, clients simply choose the cruise line and ship, and the date it leaves the port, and available ToursByLocals tours are provided.
ToursByLocals tours are customisable, short, and reliable, with pickup and drop off private transportation – ensuring you make it back to your ship on time for its departure.
The company’s “No one left behind” shore excursion policy provides overnight accommodation and transportation to the next feasible port-of-call, in the event guests don’t make it back to a ship on time.
“A private tour with a local guide is the best way to experience a destination. Since our founding, we’ve focused on creating truly memorable private tour experiences for travellers, while helping local tour guides offer customisable tours around the world,” said Paul Melhus, CEO and co-Founder of ToursByLocals.
“We think this is a great add on to any domestic trip, and a way for travel agents to enhance their clients’ trips,” Melhus added.
Travel advisors can register their agency at toursbylocals.com/agency_join
Lead image: Tourist sightseeing in Venice, Italy | Credit: Joshua Earle/Unsplash