A Tour Operator’s Guide to Mobile Bookings

by Kyla Steeves

Mobile bookings continue to increase as more travelers jet off to their bucket-list destinations. Maybe it’s because airlines are enforcing stricter carry-on weight limits and fees. Or perhaps it’s because “go with the flow” backpacking is gaining popularity amongst millennials. Whatever the reason, it seems travelers are leaving their laptops at home and booking activities…

Checkfront is One of the First to Join New Stripe Partner Program

by Kyla Steeves

Most people today don’t know that only three percent of GDP is online. That’s why we’re excited to join the Stripe Partner Program to increase internet commerce and help companies start, run, and scale their businesses. By joining the program, our mutual customers will now benefit from the combination of Checkfront’s online booking system with…

The Tours and Activities Travelers Want This Summer

by Kyla Steeves

We’re almost halfway through the summer. Many travelers are returning from their trip, while others are midway through the adventure or anticipating the upcoming departure date. As a tour and activity operator, you’re knee deep in peak season. You’ve seen travelers come and go, and whether you’ve been busier or slower than expected, it’s not…

4 Tips on Handling Large Group Bookings

by Kyla Steeves

Activities are a great way for people to bond over a shared experience. Whether it’s kayaking for Mother’s Day, escaping a room for a team building event, or going on a wine tour for a thirtieth birthday, group activities are always a fun reason to get together (and they’re good for business)! However, large group…

Checkfront at the Room Escape Conference and Tour 2018

by Kyla Steeves

We’re super excited to head to Nashville for the 2018 Room Escape Conference and Tour! The event will take place at the Music City Center from July 27-29. It’s going to be an incredible opportunity for escape room enthusiasts to connect with industry leaders, learn about the latest tech, puzzles, game plans, and designs —…

The Best Free Marketing Channels for Promoting your Escape Room

by Kyla Steeves

Promoting your escape room can be a puzzle on its own. One of the biggest challenges is letting players know what they’ll get from the experience without revealing too much about the room. Afterall, players aren’t supposed to find out what’s behind the door until their locked up. So you need to be a little…

Introducing Guest Form

by Kyla Steeves

You should be able to collect information on all guests attending without having to chase it down. Most travelers love to share experiences with others; the group activity sector continues to grow. This is excellent news for you! Getting more guests per booking helps to increase your revenue. However, it could also mean more work…

3 Ways for Your Tour Business to Win at OTAs

by Kyla Steeves

Listing with an online travel agent (OTA) can be an excellent marketing strategy for tour operators. They’re experts in digital marketing, own search rankings and travelers trust them for booking activities. When you sign up with an OTA, your tour business gains exposure to an audience you might not reach otherwise. However, an OTA’s commission…

How to Use Checkfront to Grow your Social Media Followers

by Kyla Steeves

When it comes to promoting your tour business, social media is a fantastic marketing tool. These platforms allow travelers to engage with your content through likes, comments, shares and instant messages. And the resulting interactions help increase brand awareness and strengthen customer loyalty — which ultimately leads to higher conversion rates. So if you want…

How to Test your Mobile Website Performance

by Kyla Steeves

A smartphone and tablet are travel-sized — meaning these devices are convenient for travelers to use for trip research while in-destination or on-the-go back home. Since they’re already on your mobile website, 79% of travelers will stay on to complete a booking — which is only done if the browsing experience is straightforward and enjoyable….