Today, September 27, is WORLD TOURISM DAY!
This years theme is Tourism for Inclusive Growth. All of us at GTO celebrate this important day and join the tourism community in supporting inclusive growth. Join us in celebrating this day by sharing your support on social media. Click the button below to go to our LinkedIn page and share the announcement!
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GTO Coach & Go
Another great episode of Coach & Go will be this coming Thursday, September 30, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Join Jim and Kory this week as they share more about the amazing dashboards on each app in GTO and how you can customize them! This is a great watch for anyone wanting to amp up their GTO game!
Convos with Colleagues coming soon!
Coming Soon! Jo-Ann Moltz hosts a casual roundtable discussion with DMOs, CVBs, tour operators, and travel advisors in great group destinations. Find out what’s new and exciting in
your favorite places or what to try in some fresh spaces!
Check out the Business Class podcast from The Tourism Academy sponsored by GTO
The Business Class podcast is where you go to meet people who have built fulfilling careers. People with successful businesses. People who create sustainable local economies in tourism!Go To GTO YouTube Channel
GTO System Updates
Set Selling Price in Sales Manager
A new process for pricing a tour in Sales Manager was implemented over the weekend. This gives all companies more control over their pricing of tour packages. If you have any questions or need help with the new system please contact your Community Architect.
Reminder about “Add Information” in Supplier Manager
Your company can add notes, reminders, and booking guidelines for each supplier in Supplier Manager. Any information you enter is only for your company and can even be marked to show up for a specific range of dates. We highly encourage each company to designate someone to be the “keeper of the notes” so they are entered consistently and maintained. You can learn more about this feature and all about Supplier Manager by watching the August 26th episode of Coach & Go here: Click here to watch the August 26 episode
To learn more about keeping your data clean please check out a recent Coach & Go episode on this topic: Click here to learn about clean data
Schedule A Help Session
The entire team at GTO wants to ensure you are able to use the system and benefit from all the features included. If you are having trouble with any part of the system please reach out to your Community Architect and schedule some one-on-one Zoom time for additional training. We want happy users who have the tools they need. Reach out and let us know how we can help.
Disneyland preferred pricing is up to date in GTO. If you are not a preferred Disney buyer, please check your Disney account, and send Seaira (email Seaira here) your 2022 Disneyland pricing sheets to input
From a recent Destination DC press release, DC is fully open with no capacity restrictions. There are no mandated vaccination requirements. However, venues are choosing to require or not. Here is a website that is tracking the venues that are requiring proof of vaccinations for entry.
New England Aquarium is keeping the same 2021 group admissions for 2022: Go to New England Aquarium in GTO
Group Dining Destinations has released their updated restaurants with menus and pricing (unfortunately some of the restaurants they used to work with permanently closed due to COVID), but they have added some new restaurants. GTO is now up to date: Go to Group Dining Destinations in GTO
Ellen’s Stardust Diner – is hoping to reopen around October 12th under whatever the current COVID guidelines are. They are looking forward to welcoming groups back and have spent tons of money on renovations, manager said. However, they are still unsure on pricings moving forward. Deepak said to “add a couple bucks to current offerings just to be safe.” The menus and pricings pre-covid are in the system and are available to use. Since they’re out of date, the system will add a percentage. But, your company may decide to add a little additional as a cushion if you are using for 2022 groups, until new pricings are available. He did say he is hoping to not increase more than $2 per person, but just doesn’t know yet.
Broadway Dance Center is available for group master class bookings again. All students (12 and up) are required to show proof of vaccination. Pricing is up to date: Go to Broadway Dance Center in GTO
Collier Restaurant Group (operate 14 restaurants in Smoky Mountains) have released their updated menus and pricings (Oct 2021 – Sept 2022) for all their brands, pricing increased over all brands and some menus have eliminated dessert inclusions to keep costs down: Go to Collier Restaurant Group in GTO
Memphis Riverboats has released their 2022 pricing for their sightseeing cruise and dinner cruise: Go to Memphis Riverboats in GTO
Gatlinburg Skylift Park has released their 2022 tour operator pricing: Go to Gatlinburg Skylift Park in GTO
Industry News & Helpful Blogs
U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November (Reuters)
IPW 2021 Reunites International Travel Buyers, Media, U.S. Suppliers in Las Vegas (U.S. Travel Assoc.)
Clean Data is a Game Changer for your Travel Business (Blog)