~What's New At Blue~
Good afternoon Team Blue Family! We hope that you are enjoying your summer break and getting some much needed fun and relaxation. I wanted to take a moment to touch base with you and let you know about some things we have going on at Blue Ridge Tours. As we begin booking our 2016-2017 school year field trips, we are seeing weeks in April and May where safe, affordable motor coaches and hotel rooms are virtually sold out. I know many of you already have your trips confirmed, but we are recommending that our teachers get their travel dates in the books as soon as possible to ensure that we are able to accommodate your preferred date. I have also listed some exciting news to share below!
~Tour Director Hiring Event~
Towards the end of the summer, we will begin interviewing for part-time Tour Directors for our March-May Spring trips! All of our teachers know what they love in a Tour Director, so we figured that our customers are the best place to start looking for new Tour Directors. We are looking for travel-savvy, fun, detail-oriented people, who may make a great addition to the Team Blue Family. A great Tour Director must also be patient, able to remain calm in frenzied places or situations, and always on time. Interacting with the students and sharing knowledge for the places they visit are also a huge plus! This is an awesome opportunity for retired people or people who do not work conventional work schedules. We do however have principals, law enforcement officers, and educators on staff, who simply utilize vacation days when Tour Directing. The trips range from one day to five nights, and our Tour Directors are able to update their availability at any time. If you know of anybody who may be a good fit, please have them give us a call at 864-834-5604 or send their resume, via e-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org .
~Blue Ridge Tours Scholarship Connection~
We are so excited to introduce the Blue Ridge Tours Scholarship Connection Program! As you may know, we are very passionate about student travel. We believe that field trips provide students with life-changing experiences that they simply cannot get sitting in a classroom. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of students whose parents and guardians are unable to afford field trips in the schools we work with. We have developed a program to help link these students to some of the wonderful people who are in a position to help. When a person completes and returns the attached form, we will add them to a donor database we have built. Once we receive information regarding a student in need, we will reach out to the donors in the trip price’s range to attempt to secure a scholarship for the student. Once a donor commits to sponsoring the student, they will submit their the payment directly to the school. In order to act only as a liaison between schools and donors, we will not accept any donations for this program in our office.
~Teacher Referral Program~
As a company, one of our primary goals is to provide the most economical trips possible to our customers. One of the ways we are able to do that is to limit the amount of money we allot to marketing. Instead of building extra marketing and sales costs into our trip prices, we choose to focus our time, energy, and financial resources on serving our current customers. Since word-of-mouth is the most powerful marketing force, our hope is that our customers will be so pleased with our services, that they will promote Blue Ridge Tours from the mountain tops (well, at least in the school hallways, at church, or even the grocery store)! In order to thank our teachers for referring us to other educators, we are offering our Teacher Referral Credit that will be issued once a school you refer departs. If you know of a teacher who could benefit from learning about Blue Ridge Tours, please do not hesitate to send their contact information over to us so we can introduce ourselves.
We appreciate you being a loyal part of our Team Blue Family and continuing to trust us to plan your field trips. We look forward to working with you in the future and coordinating great trips together every year!
Blue Ridge Tours, Inc. | PO Box 128 Travelers Rest, SC 29690 | 864.834.5604