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Given that the majority of us are self-isolating, it’s hard not to get weighed down by the uncertainty and anxieties that we face every day, especially when we have more time on our hands to do so. But in an internet-driven world, extra time doesn’t have to be wasted time. We have seen articles telling us again and again that we are not alone, but how can we connect to others in the same situation?

We’ve spoken before about the importance of using this time to form partnerships(opens in a new tab) to help grow your business. But on a personal level, finding platforms to discuss your situation with the tour operator community is just as important. Becoming part of the community will give you a much-needed, broader perspective on the situation, help you better understand the impact on your own business, and come up with possible solutions. The global world of social media provides you with the opportunity to connect with tour operators in China and other countries further along the virus timeline, allowing you to plan ahead and pick up some essential tips on how to manage your business in a post-COVID-19 world. You can find allies in the battle against the virus, learn from their different experiences, and prepare yourself for what may be the unknown for you, but something others have already overcome.

We want to share some of the best platforms to connect with your travel community.

Tour Operators United

If you are a tour operator and haven’t already joined this Facebook group(opens in a new tab), stop what you’re doing and join! With over 11,000 members, it’s a great space to share experiences, insider knowledge and especially ask for advice from such a vast travel hive mind. Created by our very own Tourism Tiger Founder, Matthew Newton, it’s a great source of information for all those connected to the travel industry.

Arival Connect

Coming from a company whose mission statement is to “establish and inspire a diverse community of individuals and companies(opens in a new tab)” this platform aims to create a community for travel industry professionals, to share ideas and resolve issues. Arival provides articles written by industry experts, discussion points categorised by topic, and the ability to message other users as well as engage in group discussions.

Tour and Activity Operators Online and Growing

This is a moderated group on LinkedIn(opens in a new tab) set up by the Orioly(opens in a new tab) team. It focuses more on the online market and provides tips on how to use online tools to support your tour business. But it is also another great spot to start discussions and solve issues as a group.

This isn’t just a strategy to alleviate anxieties during a pandemic-stricken world. Connecting with your business community can benefit you in the future by keeping you up to date on industry advances and news as well as keep you ahead of the trends when building your tour operator business.

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