Special interest tours in Romania
from company trips to niche travel,
incentives and customized tours
The definition of "special interest tours" is not very clear, not even to travel industry professionals. We use it here in a very broad sense, meaning: travel packages which are not purely recreational holidays. Accordingly, there is a huge variety of special interest tours.
The type of travel arrangement needed depends a lot on the customers. Our main task is to put together types of services which are not standard in the travel industry, be it organizing a visit of a farm or arranging a meeting with stamp collectors.
There are two types of customers for the special interest tours:
- company trips and incentives, in which the time alloted to the specific field (meetings, visits of factories or institutions a.s.o) versus the time alloted to sightseeing can differ greatly;
- private groups, focused on a specific topic, many associations all over Europe organize yearly trips with the members, and have all kind of less usual requests; genealogy tours (visiting the places where the ancestors have lived) is also an interesting example.
There album on the right side of the page shows some examples of special interest tours; of course, the possibilities are endless – direct requests and close cooperation in the planning stage are vital into developing the adequate travel package.
photo: tymes tours
Genealogy tours: a trip to the village of the childhood
The old lady from Germany is visiting (2009) her childhood village, Ofseniţa (former Hopsenitz, in German) for the first time since 1944; seeking for grandfather's tombstone is, as expected, part of the tour. Such "genealogy tours" – visiting the places where past generations of someone's family lived, are an increasing trend, the so-called genealogical tourism. We did such tours many times, and we can say that this is also for the guide one of the most emotion-filled types of travel; as for the guests, it's obvious...