Boost Your Networking After WTM Africa
3BaysOver, Lausanne, Switzerland – April 11, 2016 – Tourism and hospitality professionals from around the globe spent much of last week in Cape Town, brought together by Africa’s biggest tourism trade fair, World Travel Market Africa. Like at every major B2B trade fair, exhibitors, participants and sponsors invested many hours and significant financial resources to promote their company and grow their industry network. The result: stacks of business cards and many promising new leads. The challenge: keeping track of every new contact, brochure, and update.
The solution: a travel technology company based in Switzerland claims to have it. 3BaysOver recently launched a completely free networking platform which has been designed exclusively for the global tourism industry, and where WTM Africa participants can continue to network and stay up-to-date long after the three day event closes.
Carlos Federspiel, a luxury travel advisor at Virtuoso member agency Forest Travel, traveled from Costa Rica to attend WTM Africa. He says: “I was willing to travel all the way from Central America to attend the event because personal connections are worth more than anything in our industry. However, we cannot always be attending events. A platform like 3BaysOver allows industry members to stay connected all the time, no matter where they are, and that is very valuable.”
Tourism professionals who weren’t able to attend the event in person can benefit just as much from the network, as they too can use the platform to connect and collaborate with existing and new partners. Indeed, 3BaysOver’s mission is to enable every tourism industry member to grow their network and build new partnerships easily and effectively, whether or not they have the time and budget to participate in fairs. Sharing information and updates is also more effective with an online platform as it can be done in real time and with targeted audiences.
“Responsible tourism is a popular concept right now, but sharing knowledge and best practices remains a challenge, especially for small businesses in more remote areas. The same goes for being visible, and having access, to buyers in source markets. Digital solutions like 3BaysOver can help by leveling the playing field and giving everyone access to the same networking tools,” says Emilie Hagedoorn, who runs Green Heart Tourism, a responsible tourism consultancy and marketing agency based in Holland, and who also attended WTM Africa.
Tourism professionals who sign up to 3BaysOver immediately have access to potential partners from over 150 countries. Members can search for and communicate with business contacts, showcase themselves and their businesses by creating personal and company profiles, promote business events, and manage membership directories. And because personal profiles ensure that individuals maintain their contact information regardless of whatever career changes they may make, contact information never gets outdated.
Membership is open to all professionals from across the industry, from tour operators to hotel employees, suppliers to trade event organizers, and trade media to tourism boards. Access to the network is free, but is currently by invitation only, since 3BaysOver’s team ensures that all new members are active in tourism. Readers of this publication are invited to sign up directly today using this exclusive link: www.3baysover.com/earlyaccess
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