Free Essay

Tour Ops

In: Other Topics

Submitted By rahela
Words 2408
Pages 10
Tour Operations
Inclusive Tour Programme

Compiled by Linda Cigurova
05.10.2015

Introduction
As a representative of the ‘’Travel Wizards’’ tour operator, I have completed a requested research report on the factors that could affect demand for holidays in the chosen destination for our newly designed inclusive tour programme. The contents of the report are as follows: political, social, legal, environmental and technological factors that could affect demand for this holiday, evaluation of two competitor offers and market research with attached example questionnaire.
The inclusive tour programme designed by the “Travel Wizards” is a ranch-based holiday in Arizona, USA tailored for novice and experienced horse riders. Several flight options are available from various departure points within UK to suit customers’ individual preferences. The accommodation are different types of ranches, varying between a working ranch, guest ranch, working/guest ranch or luxurious ranch with gourmet food. Customers can also choose the intensity of riding, as some may prefer a compromise between riding and spa treatments, tennis, golf or sightseeing stunning places, such as the Grand Canyon. The price for this holiday package are per person, based on a double occupancy available from 4 up to 14 nights. Flights, accommodation, meals, most of the ranch activities, taxes and transfers are included in the price.

Research Report
Political Factors
Terrorism Threat – The terrorism threat is general. The attacks could be indiscriminate, including locations frequented by foreigners. The threat against UK citizens and interests is considered to be hightened and fueled by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Relations – Close connection between the United States and the United Kingdom is called a "Special Relationship", as it characterizes the strong ties between the two governments – historical and lingual - and their joint effort against global terrorism. Moreover, the countries share vast trade and economic relations and they are among the other's top trading partners. Both are among the founders of the United Nations, NATO, World Trade Organization and G-8.

Consulate of the United Kingdom - United Kingdom is represented by consulates in Phoenix, Arizona and 20 other establishments in the United States. They deal with a wide range of political, security, economic and commercial queries of interest to both countries. Safety and Security - Violent crime rarely involves tourists, but nonetheless tourists should take precautions when travelling to unfamiliar areas. They should take sensible steps to protect themselves and their property against petty crime, for instance by not leaving documents in rental cars.

Social Factors
Demographics – Male and female ratio in the state of Arizona is respectively 49.7 % and 50.3%. Total population is 6,246,816 with 7.4% under 5 years old, 74.2% 18 years old and over, and 13.3% 65 years old and over.

Health Factors – No major recent health issues were noted, but there are occasional outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. Suitable steps against the insects should be taken.

Language and Attitude Towards Tourists – English is the official language in the state and 80% of the population in the USA speaks it, which makes it easy for UK tourists to communicate. Americans have positive attitude towards tourists, as there was no negative information found on the internet during research.
Legal Factors
Entry Procedures – These are quite manageable for tourists. Passport should be valid for the proposed duration of the stay and no additional period of validity is needed. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows British Citizens to travel to the United States without a visa for 90 days or less, conditioned by being eligible to use the programme. The types of journey covered by this include tourism, certain types of business visits and transit to another country. Foreign nationals with British passports do not qualify for entry and will need to apply for a visa.

Currency Restrictions - There is no limit on the amount of money that can be taken in or out of the country. However, if individuals traveling together have more than $10,000 in currency, they must fill out a joint declaration.

Disability Acts - Many of the state’s lodging facilities, attractions and events are compliant with the guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation.

Availability of Routes – There are 4 International Airports and more than 80 other airports, with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport being the main in the state. This offers abundance of routes to choose from. Additionally, public transport options are available, for individuals planning to visit other states.

Driving Licence - The minimum age requirement to rent a car is 21 years. The driver must have a full, valid driving licence held for at least 1 year. Due to recent changes to rules for UK driving licence holders, details of any endorsements and penalty points are now exclusively stored online, thus will need to be printed from the DVLA website before the hire.

Smoking Laws – Smoking is banned in and within 20 feet of an entrance of a workplace, including bars and restaurants. The exceptions are private residences, retail tobacco stores, private clubs and stage performances.

Environmental Factors Natural Disasters – Despite the USA being prone to cataclysms, the state of Arizona is a fairly safe place to visit with the city of Phoenix being one of the safest cities in America. Region rarely experiences major earthquakes and tremor activity. Severe wildfires occassionally occur in the forested area of the state. There are no major environmentally fragile areas or natural erosion caused by large groups of tourists. Pollution, Environmental Issues – The Grand Canyon State is visited by people from across the globe. However, the breathtaking scenery is often disrupted by air pollution largely caused by the Navajo Generating Station. The view distance is often reduced by 100miles due to pollution. It also causes severe heart and respiratory conditions. Additionally, logging and uranium mining threaten the Grand Canyon park area, home to old pine forest and the Kaibab mule deer.

Technological Factors
Education of Destination – Detailed information on this holiday can be found on our company website. General information can be found in the internet, on numerous websites, forums, social media pages, etc.

Internet Access – Over 50% of the UK and American householders have access to the Internet. Fairly higher percentage also has television at home, where this destination is being frequently advertised. However, there are people with no access to either internet, or television, who are likely to miss the advertisements and would have to visit a company branch to be able to book the holiday.
Technological Capability of Healthcare – Healthcare in Arizona is highly advanced. Newest advancements, such as the electronic health record has been introduced and the percentage of US hospitals using EHR have risen rapidly.

Evaluation of Competitors’ Products
Independent Tour Operator ‘’Ranch Rider’’

* Same type of package to same destination Ranch Rider offers a ranch-based holiday in Arizona, USA. The price includes cottage accommodation, meals, most ranch activities and taxes. Wide range of departure points and dates are available and the holiday lasts 7 days. * Same type of package to different destination
This is a ranch-based holiday in South Africa. Price includes accommodation on the ranch with a variety of rooms, meals, activities, game rides/drives and taxes. Wide choice of departure points and dates are available. Furthermore, add-ons such as city stay, garden route tour, blue train journey are available during this 4 -10 day holiday.

* Different type of package to same destination
The Ultimate Grand Canyon Journey is a non-riding holiday package offered to the same destination. This whitewater rafting holiday includes 187 miles of rafting over 6 days. The price includes lodging, meals, equipment hire and taxes.

Independent Tour Operator ‘’Unicorn Trails’’

* Same type of package to same destination
Unicorn Trails offer a ranch-based holiday in Arizona, USA. Accommodation in the ranch within regular or deluxe rooms, horse riding, meals, drinks and taxes are included in the price. Transfers are covered only with 4 night-long and longer stays. Unlimited departure dates are available, as the ranch operates all year round. The holiday lasts 7 nights. Other activities are available within the ranch, as well.

* Same type of package to different destination
The price for this ranch-based holiday in Spain includes meals, riding, English speaking guide and accommodation in twin en-suite bedrooms. Transfers and spa are not included in the price. The holiday is 6 nights long and there are various departure dates available. However, it is not suitable for beginners as it requires certain riding skills - walk, trot and canter, as well as physical fitness.

* Different type of package to same destination
Grand Canyon Trail in Arizona is a holiday that offers riding and different accommodation throughout the stay. It lasts 6 days and is not ranch-based. Riding skill in rough terrain and physical fitness is required for long hours in the saddle. The price includes all lodging, meals, camping equipment, horses, guide and transfers.

Please note, that flights are not included in the price of the above packages.

Conclusions
After reviewing the competitors I have come to a conclusion that my tour operator ‘’Travel Wizards’’ has more advantages than disadvantages in comparison. Firstly, my holiday package price includes flights and transfers, as opposed to the other two companies. Therefore, a customer booking a holiday with ‘’Travel Wizards’’ will be paying once, as opposed to several payments. Nevertheless, there is a wide variety of departure dates and points to choose from. Secondly, most of the holiday offers researched above are tailored for experienced riders which might discourage customers interested in learning the basics. That is why my tour operator offers holiday suitable for beginners and experienced riders. Lastly, ‘’Travel Wizards’’ offers a choice between working ranch, guest ranch, working/guest ranch or luxurious ranch.
The only visible disadvantage are the lower prices for competitor offers, with excluded flight costs. However, I doubt that would hold the customers back, after inquiring about the items included in the price. Overall, I believe that the arguments mentioned give ‘’Travel Wizards’’ a unique selling point over the competitors.

Market Research
Marketing research was conducted in form of a questionnaire in order to ascertain demand for this newly designed holiday programme. Its main objectives were to research attitudes/opinions on booking holidays in general and specific activity holiday such as riding holiday. The questionnaire was carried out by email and is available at our office as well as on our website. Below you will find an example of the questionnaire.

The word count for the Research Report and Market Research is 1,490 words. It does not include Introduction, Example of a Questionnaire and References.

Questionnaire

1) How often do you go on holidays?

a) Every few years b) Once every two years c) Once a year d) Twice a year e) More than twice a year

2) When do you usually book your holidays? a) In advance b) At the last minute

3) Where do you usually go for a holiday?

a) UK b) Europe c) USA d) Australia e) Africa f) Elsewhere... (Include destination and country) 4) How long do you usually stay away on a holiday?

a) A Weekend b) Up to 7 days c) Up to 14 days d) Up to a month e) More than a month

5) How do you usually book your holidays?

a) Directly with the holiday providers (airlines, accommodation places, etc) b) Online with travel websites c) With travel agencies 6) With whom do you usually travel with?

a) Alone b) With partner/spouse c) With spouse and children d) With children e) With other friends or relatives

7) What method of transport do you use to reach your holiday destination?

a) Car b) Bus c) Bicycle d) Train e) Plane f) Other ….

8) What is your accommodation preferences when going for a holiday?

a) Hotels b) Staying with relatives c) Rented Flat d) Resort e) Flat/House exchange f) Apartments g) Caravan / camping park h) Hostel i) B&B j) Camps k) Ranches

9) Where do you get holiday information from?

a) Internet b) Books c) Newspapers d) Television e) Travel Agents f) Brochures

10) Have you ever visited Arizona, USA for your holiday? If yes, would you return? If no, proceed to question 14.

11) Would you be interested in booking a ranch-based holiday for experienced and novice riders? If yes, why, if not, why not?

12) Have you ever been on a similar holiday package for riders? What did you most enjoy about it?

13) What type of ranch would you prefer to stay in while on your holiday?

a) Working Ranch b) Guest Ranch c) Guest/ Working Ranch d) Resort Ranch

14) How many hours a day would you like to spend on riding only?

a) 2 hours b) 4 hours c) 6 hours d) More than 6 hours

15) What is your riding ability?

a) Complete beginner b) Beginner c) Novice d) Intermediate e) Advanced

16) Apart from the riding what other activities would you prefer while on this holiday? (Multiple choice can be selected)

a) Participate in daily ranch activities such as checking cattle, moving cattle to new grazing, cattle drives, branding, sorting cattle. b) Play tennis, golf c) Enjoy massage and spa treatments d) Sailing e) 4 x 4 jeep trips

17) What is your gender?

a) Female b) Male

18) Please select your age.

a) 18 – 24 b) 25 – 34 c) 35 – 44 d) 45 – 54 e) 55 and over

19) What is your employment status?

a) Employed b) Not employed c) Retired d) Disabled, not able to work

20) Please indicate your approximate yearly household income before taxes.

a) Under £25,000 b) £25,001 - £49,999 c) £50,000 - £74,999 d) £75,000 - £99,999 e) £100,000 -£149,999 f) £50,000 and over

References http://usforeignpolicy.about.com/ - Research on Relations http://www.embassypages.com/ - Research on Consulates http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice - Research on Entry Requirements http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice - Research on Health Factors http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice - Research on Terrorism Threat http://environmentarizona.org/ - Research on Environment http://www.visitarizona.com/ - Research on Arizona http://names.mongabay.com/ - Research on Male Female Ratio http://www.know-the-ada.com/ - Research on Disability Acts http://www.ranchrider.com/ - Research on Competitors http://www.unicorntrails.com/ - Research on Competitors…...

Similar Documents

Free Essay

Tour Guide

...some academic projects prove that I can learn very quickly and make real contribution to the team in a very * public speaking skills.   Personal Qualities Tour guides need to be: * good communicators, friendly, outgoing and able to put people at ease * polite, patient and professional * helpful and perceptive to visitors' needs * able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds * good at planning, organisation and time management. Company A. Because company A is famous for your great training program and excellent career development prospect, if I'm offered the opportunity, it will be terrific for me to acquire the experience, develop my career, and address this weakness. " knowledge of history, culture and social condition of a particular place team work You are just talking and if you think about the commentary as though you are just speaking to a group of your friends, it makes you relax and you gain confidence." "You can't do this job if you don't like people. You have to love and care about people, enjoy their company, and get on with everyone. That is the nature of the job." Excellent Public Speaking and Narration Skills Excellent Public Speaking and Narration Skills You will generally be speaking in front of a huge group of people on most of the tours you lead. Groups can have anywhere from 10 to 60 people, so you have to understand the basic principles of public speaking. It is a great idea to do a......

Words: 1261 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Tours

...Presentation on tours and travel Introduction * Majority of time, transportation essentially means air ticketing. This falls under aviation industry which is a part of transportation. The basis service required by traveler, whether business or leisure- transportation (air, rail tickets), hotel booking & car rentals. * Primary service providers in the travel and tourism industry are airline, railway, bus, cruise liner, hotels. * Secondary services that are needed by the traveler are passport, visa foreign exchange telephone calling cards etc. therefore if traveler has go arrangement for / her traveler plans * Overview of tour and travel Travel agencies * In 1841, Thomas cook was the first agent to buy tickets in bulk and sell them to the public. * In 1845 Thomas cook set up a full time excursion agency to organize excursions including railway booking, transport, hotel accommodation, sightseeing, guide services and meals. * They provide services like railway authorities, airlines, hotels; travel formalities such as passport, visa, foreign currency, traveler cheque and other transport gave him commission on sales made by it. * This way travel agency came through Role of travel and tour towards economic * People in general now view travel & tour as a way of life rather than a luxury item reserved for the affluent and the elite. * The tourism industry has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries, contributing to......

Words: 1337 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Plant Tour Reaction Paper

...educational plant tour. Educational tour(s) purpose is to expose us student in real industries, manufacturing companies wherein we learn some of their processes, system and workflows. Educational tours are one of the main ways that us students can be drawn in to experience learning first-hand rather than by sitting in a classroom. Because not all students learn the same way. Some students are able to understand how something works only by seeing a hands-on demonstration or viewing the "real thing." Educational tour gives us ideas likewise opportunities to visit different industries or manufacturing companies that may help us visualize what we are learning at school. Also in this activity helps us develop our personality since social graces and etiquette are learned too by experience. Moreover, important to every student since it is a part of our learning process to acquire more knowledge through actual exposure to the different real manufacturing industries. Educational tour can inspire students to be excited more about the learning process. Visiting a new place, meeting new people and seeing and experiencing the things they learn about in the classroom provide ways that students can be stimulated by their environment. Rationale Going on an educational plant tour means more than simply leaving the school grounds. Plant tour should always have a major educational element, but the impact of educational tour can extend much further. The importance of educational tour......

Words: 1735 - Pages: 7

Free Essay

The Grand Tour

...The Grand Tour In the past, "Grand Tour" was the name of the journey that mostly northern European nobles and rich bourgeois took to southern Europe to discover its ancient beauty and its incomparable richness of arts and culture. This type of travel began in the seventeenth century for the sake of education and experience, but the great age of the Grand Tour was the eighteenth century. At this time the travel experience was practically viewed as a requirement for wealthy Europeans as a transition from their school life to their “adulthood in which the young man might be expected to set an example of responsibility.” Italy and France were the most frequented places by these tourists due to their cultural richness, with particular interest in Paris. As the custom of travel developed, nature also became an important factor of the Grand Tour, as the Alps became an attractive destination for the travelers. The tour was more than a “passing fashion” because of its role as fundamental cultural training for cultivated Europeans. The majority of those who had traveled to Italy in previous centuries had generally gone for work related or religious reasons. However, this travel was compatible with leisure, because “it fulfilled important cultural functions as travelers bought works of art or helped spread new tastes and cultural interests”. Although the religious and political tensions caused by Protestant Reformation affected the ability to travel, by the seventeenth century,......

Words: 528 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Tour

...government regulations, environmental issues, and technology advancements. Further examining the definition of tourism forces confusion of the accuracy of UNWTO’s explanation as technical definitions can be ambiguous. To define tourism generically will become inaccurate as the definition will not account for changes made to the industry over time as well as the different meanings and interpretations of tourism at all levels of the system as well as around the world. References Collier, A. (2011). Principles of Tourism: A New Zealand Perspective (Edition 8). Auckland: Pearson Education. Ioannides, D., & Debbage, K. (1998). The economic geography of the tourist industry: A supply-side analysis.. London: Routledge. Higham, J. (2013). TOUR 101: Introduction to tourism [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from http://blackboard.otago.ac.nz. MBIE. (2013). International Travel. Retrieved from http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-research-data/international-travel. MBIE. (2013). Tourism. Retrieved from http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/tourism. Page, S., & Connell, J. (2009). Tourism: A modern synthesis. (3rd ed.). Hampshire: Cengage Learning. Page, S. (2007). Tourism management: Managing for change. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Elsevier Ltd. UNWTO. (2008). Understanding tourism: Basic glossary. Retrieved from http://media.unwto.org/en/content/understanding-tourism-basic-glossary. Weaver, D. & Lawton, L. (2009). Tourism management (Edition 4).......

Words: 1728 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay

Tour

...Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. 16. Tasci, A. (2011). Destination Branding and Positioning in Y. Wang & A. Pizam (eds.) Destination Marketing and Management: Theories and Applications. Wallingford: CABI. 17. The Chartered Institute of Marketing (May, 2009). How you achieve an effective promotional mix. Retrieved from http://www.cim.co.uk/files/promotionalmix.pdf 18. Travel the Real China. Travel Urumqi Xinjiang: China A New Frontier of Fun and Adventure. Retrieved 1 August 2013, from http://www.travel-the-real-china.com/Xinjiang.html 19. TravelChinaGuide.com. 2013. Xinjiang Travel Guide. Retrieved 1 August 2013 from http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/xinjiang/ 20. TravelChinaGuide.com. 2013. Tours. Urumqi Tours. Retrieved 1 August 2013 from http://www.travelchinaguide.com/package/urumqi.htm 21. Turpan, Xin Jiang Climate Background. 2013, Retrieved 11 June, 2013 from 22. http://www.weather.com.cn/html/cityintro/101130501.shtml 23. Urban Redevelopment Authority. 2012. Ura Lifestyle Survey 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2013 from http://spring.ura.gov.sg/conceptplan2011/results/Report%20-%20Lifestyle%20Survey%20and%20Online%20Survey.pdf 24. Wang. Y, 2013, China Southern Airline help Xinjiang tourism, Sina News, Retrieved 14 June 2013, from: http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2013-06-06/035027325083.shtml Appendixes: Appendix 1 Appendix 2: Appendix 3: Appendix 4: Table of Contents 1.0 Introduction 2.0 Market......

Words: 666 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

T Tours

...'borderless' world and increased information dissemination about the majestic sceneries throughout the world, with the southern African region being no exception. We are on the brink of penetrating a lucrative market in a rapidly growing industry. The current trend towards an increase in the number of tourists entering the country presents an opportunity for T Plus Tours to penetrate the market. An opportunity for T Plus Tours' success exists because the national tourism industry is growing at a rapid pace annually. T Plus Tours is poised to take advantage of this growth and moderate competition in the city travel portion of the industry, with a dedicated and experienced staff, excellent networking, and effective management and marketing. T Plus Tours intends to provide travel and adventure packages to tourists primarily in the Southern region, but also the whole of Botswana. Services and products provided by T Plus Tours will initially include pre-arranged tours, custom packages according to clients specifications, travel consultation, and as time progresses making reservations for lodging amongst other related services. T Plus Tours seeks to differentiate itself as the premier adventure mobile operator in the greater Gaborone area. Our services will be positioned very carefully: they will be of extremely high quality, comfortable, informative and tailored to the clients needs such that they will enable individuals to have a greater appreciation of the natural environment......

Words: 8923 - Pages: 36

Free Essay

Tour

...City Trips Travel Belgium bvba J.V Hallam Travel Management (UK) Hallam Travels & Tour Management (Malaysia) > FINAL CONFIRMATION Tour Information Pack (AE130914- A, B & C) Feel free to contact KC Choy: +44 7921259088/ 7475202552 or email to ckc7912@yahoo.com for more details, Thank you. Managed by: Hallam Travel Management UK J.V CTT bvba Belgium City Trip Travel Provinciebaan 45 B-8880 Ledegem Belgium Bvba Tel: 32 56 50 59 86 Fax: 32 56 50 40 89 Toerisme Vlaanderen : Lic A6259 Transport Licence : A 4838 BTW : BE 867 164 657 Dear 2014’ AmazingEurope Group Member, This letter is the final confirmation of your 16-Day tour departs on 13th Sept 2014. (Group A, B & C) 13th Sept 2014- Departure Pick-up Points: Sheffield @ 01:45 am: Opal 1/ Victoria Hall, Gather at Opal 1 Main Gate 01:55 am: The Forge, Gather at Bramall Lane BP Fuel Station 02:05 am: Bramall Court, Gather at Side Gate (In front of Pub) 02:15 am: Trigon, Shoreham Street Post Office Bus Stop London @ 07:00 am: Hotel Ibis London Euston St. Pancras (Next by Euston Rail Station, London Zone 1) 3 Cardington St, London NW1 2LW, United Kingdom 28th Sept 2014- Return Drop-off Points: London @ 19:00 pm: Hotel Ibis London Euston St. Pancras 3 Cardington St, London NW1 2LW, United Kingdom Sheffield @ 22:00 pm: Travelodge Hotel Sheffield Centre & Sheffield Coach Interchange Manchester Airport @ 23:55 pm: Terminal 1 & Holiday Inns Express Manchester Airport There are some Important Reminder &......

Words: 2849 - Pages: 12

Free Essay

Tour Package

...TOUR PACKAGE PROPOSAL Tour Package: Palawan Target Market:group (6 pax) Package Rates:                 6 PAX    | 6,875/PAX | Inclusions: | * Room accommodation with daily set breakfast * Whole Day Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour with Lunch * Puerto Princesa Airport pick up and drop off transfers * Services of licensed tour guide, all applicable entrance fees, aircon land transfers, boat transfers if applicable, picnic lunch | Exclusions: * Manila/Cebu-Puerto Princesa-Manila/Cebu Air Tickets * Lunch on 1st Day, Lunch on Last Day * Dinners DAY 1 (Morning) 0900 ETD Manila 1100 ETA Puerto Princesa 1130 Check in at D’ Lucky Garden Inn DAY 1 (Afternoon) 1300 Crocodile farm 1400 Baker’s hill 1530 Immaculate Conception Cathedral 1645 Mitra’s ranch 1800 Plaza Cuartel 1900 Puerto Princesa Bay Walk DAY 2 0600 Breakfast at D’ Lucky Garden Inn 0700 ETD D’ Lucky Garden Inn 0900 ETA Ecological and Wildlife Park via Boat 0930 Underground River Sabang Wharf 1100 Cave Tour & optional swimming 1200 Buffet Lunch at Taraw 1300 ETD Taraw 1420 ETA Honda bay island 1500 Swimming at Pandan Island 1545 Snorkeling at Starfish Island 1700 Fish Feeding at Pambato Reef 1720 ETD Pambato Reef 1830 ETA D’ Lucky Garden Inn DAY 3 0600 Breakfast at D’ Lucky Garden Inn 0800 Packing of things 0845 Check-out 0930 Souvenir Shop 1000 ETD Puerto Princesa Airport 1120 ETA NAIA Terminal 3 ...

Words: 1251 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

The Tour

...Charles Lucas Brenda Craven English Composition 101VA 1 July 2013 The Tour As a young man, leaving your home country for the first time is a very scary endeavor. I had barely left the small state of West Virginia, much less, traveled abroad to a whole other continent. I was about to embark upon the second adventure of my adult life. The first being my first airplane ride to attend basic training at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas. I was happy to be doing be doing things as an adult, and I was proud to serve my country, yet I was very anxious about what may lie ahead for me. I guess at that age, and my lack of experience, I could not understand why I was going to Korea. There was no war going on there, and I was an American soldier. What in the world would I need to do in the Republic of Korea? I considered myself to be a lucky man. because I was going on what was considered to be a hardship tour. I was afforded the opportunity to take 30 days leave from the US Army, to spend with my family. I explained to my loved ones that I would be stationed in South Korea for a year, and I would not be home until the completion of my tour. My mom took it a little harder than everyone else, but she managed to pull herself together, and just enjoy the few days we had together. I visited with everyone to say my last good byes, and then it was time to go. My journey began on the 27th of December in 1985. I arrived at the small airport in Charleston, West......

Words: 1019 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Tour of Paris

...6/1/2015 Paris Night Tour | Paris Sightseeing | Big Bus Tours English   ......

Words: 358 - Pages: 2

Free Essay

Bangon Tours

...The Bangon Tours Project is a project of the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board undertaken by travel agencies and tour operators to maintain and strengthen the health of the country’s domestic tourism, to push international tourism, and to speed up recovery. Bangon Tours encourages the Filipino market to travel within the Philippines during the holiday period from December to February, to visit our country’s fun destinations, and to contribute their share in our recovery and rebuilding efforts. We all know that for the few remaining months of 2013, a number of consecutive calamities happened in our country. And because of this we have experienced a slowdown of arrival growth rate in our domestic tourism. This project of the Department of Tourism is a great opportunity to help victims and survivors of the calamities that happened and at the same time, I think this is also a great way on how to promote domestic tourism in the Philippines. It is true that domestic tourism has indeed slowdown because of the calamities that happened especially to our major tourism contributors like Bohol, Cebu and Northern Palawan. We saw trees being toppled down by the raging storm, roads were devastated and blocked by fallen trees, broken bridges, and heritage sites like Loboc Church in Bohol collapsed due to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Visayas region last October 2013. But despite all of this, it’s overwhelming to see the efforts from our fellow countrymen who......

Words: 555 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Tour

...A Tour to St.Dominic Church and Bataan Tourism “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”- Michael Crichton. If history is unknown to us how would we appreciate the present times? Participating to tours that shows and imparts the history of something is a great opportunity to see and reflect why and what life has been today. Last September 23, 2015, Wednesday, together with my classmates we are blessed to witness historical places like the St. Dominic Parish Church and the Bataan Tourism Center which caters different historical events and contributions of our fellow Filipinos here at Bataan. First stop is the Saint Dominic Parish Church which is known as Abucay Church, located at Brgy. Laon, Abucay, Bataan. The church is founded by Dominican Missionary Friars and built to be dedicated to St. Dominic de Guzman. This church witnessed the massacre of hundreds of Filipinos and Spaniards by the Dutch invaders. The building is more than 400 years old and one of the oldest church in the Philippines. The making of St. Dominic Parish Church was headed by Father Geronimo de Belen in early 1600s. Saint Dominic Church once suffered by a horrible damage because of the earthquake but still survived. On the later years it was destroyed by fire but was revived and reconstructed under Father Jose Diego Pelaez. This only shows how much we value our church as much as we value our creator. Second stop is the Bataan......

Words: 472 - Pages: 2

Free Essay

Plant Tour

...Plant tour I had an opportunity to visit US Foods Services Distribution Center. One of the leading retail supply chain operation business in the United States. During my tour, directed by Mr. McCollum, the operation manager for the distribution center; I was able to see how products are received, stored, and built onto pallets that are shipped to grocery shops and restaurants. Since most of the questions could not be answered, I focused my information based on observation. The strength of this paper is based on the organization’s operation process and the quality. The Process The first thing I noticed when arriving at the site was, a numerous amount of machinery moving from different directions each carrying well-wrapped pallets of products. Our first stop was the inbound dock, the area where the company receives all new products for the dry department before they are placed into storage sections. The company also has a freezer, produce, and perishable departments. The process in the dry department seems to move faster because, this section of the warehouse is equipped with a witron’s OrderPicking Machinery; a highly automated system for selecting and palletizing cartons. Once products arrive, the receiving clerks process each product by comparing the quantity received versus the amount requested, register the expiration date for each case, assign a storage location, then assign barcode numbers to help track products once in the storage area. There is a large......

Words: 909 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Tour

...GROUP 3 – PAGLALAKBAY III-2 Bongato, Dy, Buenaventura, Bugtas, Hallarces, Luzadas, Ramos, Reyes Layunin: Maipabatid sa aming kapwa mag-aaral ang tungkol sa mga nilakbay ni Rizal sa iba’t ibang bansa at ang mga layunin niya sa pagdalaw sa mga lugar na ito. Paglalahad: Ang Paglalakbay ni Jose Rizal [Tour] Tour guide: Kamusta! Ako po ang iyong tour guide sa araw na ito. Ako po si Nikki Dy at ang mga lugar na pupuntahana po natin ngayon ay mga lugar na pinuntahan ng ating pambansang bayani na si Jose Rizal. 1st stop Nikki: Nandito po tayo ngayon sa Singgapur, dito kung saan unang pumunta si Rizal sa kanyang paglalakbay pagkataposmaglakbay ng limang araw. 1st Rizal (Singgapur): Habang nandito ako tumitingin sa kanilang makasaysayang tanawin ay ginugol ko ang panahon ko sa pagsulat ng talaarawan at mga liham. Nikki:. Dumaan si Rizal sa Napoles at Marselles. Mula Marselles ay tumungo siya sa Barcelona. Kaya tara na sa Barcelona! 2nd Rizal (Barcelona): Dahil sa maunlad at malayang kapaligiran, dito ko sinulat ang isang makabayang sanaysay na ang pamagat ay Amor Patrio (Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa). Ito ang kauna-unahang sinulat ko sa Espanya. Nikki: Pagklatapos ng tatlong buwan si Rizal ay pumunta naman ng Madrid [matapos niyang marinig ang masamng balitang na ang salot ng kolera ay kumakalat sa Maynila at karatig sa pook nito]. Kaya pumunta na rin tayo sa Madrid para malaman natin kung ano ginawa niya doon. 3rd Rizal(Madrid): Dito ay nagaral ako ng Medisina,...

Words: 2323 - Pages: 10