In this post, and across the coming months, I’ll be revealing some of the things I do behind the scenes for Flamboyance Tours in this blog.
Running a tour company is not (always) the glamorous thing some people might make it out to be – like any small business, there’s a lot involved in making sure people know who I am and what I do.
For me a part of that is becoming well known in tourism circles, a strong industry in South Australia that is growing.
I love the idea of connecting with people and brainstorming ideas to help create the best tours possible as the months roll on, so attending the 2019 SA Tourism Conference was essential.
For those of you unfamiliar with conferences, they are full-day events with inspiring speakers, workshops to provide assistance in areas of your industry, and stands where you can receive more information from various bodies.
There’s a lot to be taken from events like these, where you’ll be given different perspectives on what works, what can be improved, and how you go about maintaining a high standard for what you do.
This really helps with professional and personal development – things I took away from the day included understanding where travellers are coming from, and recognising the ways of the future.
I was able to meet local legends of the tourism game – the MC for the day was Keith Conlon, well known in South Australia for his former TV show Postcards.
I was inspired by the great things happening in South Australian tourism – fresh surveys show our state is now the highest ranked of any in Australia for its food and wine, beating Victoria.
There were serious things too, like hearing the impact of climate change on tourism, and how sustainable eco-tourism has its challenges. If you’ve been anywhere from the Great Barrier Reef to Venice, you’ve seen its impact.
I went to workshops focused on the digital world and social media, learning about how that is constantly changing. There’s a lot more to it than just putting up a Facebook post!
I’m a tour guide, but I’m also a business owner – and I can’t forget that I have to have both hats on all the time!
It’s days like these where I’m given a reminder that in order to be the best tour guide I can be, I have to understand what you guys want.
I left the conference inspired, and confident that I can continue bringing the best walking tours of Adelaide to travellers from around the world.
It’s a good time to mention that there are more itineraries coming from Flamboyance Tours in 2019, so watch this space!
Also, a monthly email list will soon be available, so you don’t miss out on any of my posts and news from Flamboyance Tours. If you are interested in joining the list, say ‘aye’ in the comments and I’ll get in touch.
In the meantime, make sure to check out what tours we already offer. To walk Adelaide with us is to get an authentic perspective of my beautiful city.
Missed last week’s post? It was a history/female-friendly piece on how Queen Victoria had early influence from her aunt, and my city’s namesake, Queen Adelaide.