When it comes to low-cost tours, the first thing that comes to mind should be the senior travel group, most of these tours are for the retired elderly, because the elderly have more time after retirement, many have "while their legs are still good, come out to turn" idea, but self-drive tour for the elderly and unrealistic, so most of the elderly will choose to travel with the group.
But by the "low price" to attract consumers to the tour group, can really rely on the hundreds of dollars of travel fees to earn money?
Travel thing if we say that according to the normal level of consumption, the bus, scenic spot tickets, as well as three meals a day accommodation and the cost of the guide added together, in fact, the price is not cheap. The actual fact is that you can find two choices when looking for a travel agency to sign up with a group - a pure play group and a shopping group.
As the name implies, a shopping tour is a tour that provides for a portion of time to go into tourist stores for shopping, and it is mandatory to go with a guide, and the tour fee is relatively low.
The pure tour is free of stores, the tour members can choose whether to go to stores or not, but the price is also relatively higher. Tibet tour three days, the price of pure play group is generally in about 2000-4000 yuan, the price of shopping group is generally in about 1200-2000 yuan, regardless of the kind of group, the price is relatively high.
Ordinary tour price is not cheap, but the senior tour is different, the first few years of the domestic sunset tour more and more, the price is also very cheap, and even some three-day tour price of only 99 yuan.
According to the normal price level, a hundred dollars may not even be enough to cover the cost of travel, let alone also include food, accommodation and tickets, and even some tours also promise to give the elderly some small gifts, such as rice, flour, cooking oil and so on.
Such a cost-effective thing is indeed easy to attract middle-aged and elderly people to participate, but why the price of the tour can be so low, and what they rely on profit?
In fact, the senior tour group seems to be cheap, but there are a lot of schemes inside, one may not pay attention to the business "scheme", spend money in vain.
At the beginning, the elderly people who travel with the group paid the money, on the agreed time to get on the car to depart, this time the low-cost tour group set has begun, with the group to go out to travel certainly less time to sit in the car, so when everyone in the car, the tour guide or sales staff began to brainwash these elderly people. First with some jokes or perform a show to attract everyone's attention, and then began to talk about health, about how to make their own body better and so on, a variety of elderly friends listening to pay attention to health and other words, the elderly on this topic of health will be more sensitive, but also more likely to be "brainwashed", which is the tour group in order to After the sales of products to lay the foundation.
Usually, after arriving at the attraction, the tour guide does not take the elderly directly to the tour, but arranges various exhibitions or product presentations, and then takes them in directly or indirectly. In the past, the traditional low-cost tourism may be forced to buy and sell at this time, but now these guides and sales have become smart, they will not force to buy and sell, but find some sweet-talking girls to be sales, selling household goods and health products, or local specialties.
We have an old Chinese saying that "the hand does not hit the smiling man", these sales while calling "aunt and uncle", while talking about how good their products are for the body, it is easy for the elderly to put down their defenses, and many middle-aged and elderly friends body The elderly will easily put down their guard, and many middle-aged and elderly people will have more or less physical problems, and when they hear words like "health products" and "good for the body", it is inevitable that sometimes their head is hot. In addition, when in the bus, many guides have already laid a good foundation to guide the elderly to buy. Many of the products sold are coupled with health and wellness gimmicks to raise the selling price. And a large part of the tour group is to make money by the commission of selling things, not only the tour group, the guide is also the same, the basic salary of the guide is now very low, but also by the commission to make money.
This I know, once my grandfather went out with the group, came back with a pillow, when he was very proud, said he found a great bargain, the original price of more than 10,000 health pillow, they spent less than a thousand to take down, the family laughing and crying, a check on the Internet, the exact same pillow, 59 also included shipping, grandfather realized that he was fooled. Such a situation is not uncommon, there are many elderly people hundreds of dollars to buy a pot, thousands of dollars to buy a quilt. Some people even say that their parents signed up for a three-day trip to Beijing for 168 yuan, only to be cheated by the travel agency out of more than 10,000 yuan and buy back a bunch of rags that no one wants! But the old man was also brainwashed by the tour guide and sales at the time to spend these wasted money.
In addition to guiding the elderly to spend the main way of profit, these senior tours have another way to make money. First of all, is the inevitable accommodation and meals, we usually go out on their own to play places to live may not be cheap, the general price in about 200 yuan, food is also, eat a meal per capita may be 50-60 yuan.
But traveling with a group is different, generally tour groups will take to accommodation and dining places are long-term cooperation with travel agencies, tour groups only need to bring people to a great discount, a room priced at 200 yuan per night, in fact, only a few dozen dollars. And we all know that cheap tour with the group eating are eating a large table meal, just eat regardless of eating well, a dozen people a table, a table of people a dozen dishes, per capita can be said to be very cheap.
Secondly, by the tour group to buy the attractions tickets and we buy the price is very different, the tour group or guide to buy are group tickets, generally 20%, 30%, or even half-price tickets. And there are attractions for the elderly is free of admission, the cost of the tour group is even lower, but also to profit from it.
Tour groups? Self-drive tours?
Senior travel group seems to be cheap, but the truth is that there are the most schemes, many older people do not have a sense of prevention, it is easy to be deceived, but most young people are busy at work, can accompany the elderly to travel time is very little. If you let the elderly travel alone, there are risks, because the elderly are old, health problems can not be guaranteed, some may suffer from various diseases, in case of a trip when the disease, no one to look after, the consequences are unimaginable.
These two major problems can be difficult for the elderly, so how to solve this dilemma?
In fact, the result of so many years of travel experience, many tourists are also clear now some of the low-cost tour package, so some of the regular tours and regain the upper hand, as long as the choice of tours, resist the temptation of low prices, will rarely fall for the scam.
If you want to choose to travel with a group, make sure to consult a regular travel agency first to make sure there is no hidden consumption before making a decision, or you can discuss with your children before making a decision. After all, although young people are busy with work and can not accompany the elderly to travel, but help choose a tour group or no problem.
There is also the elderly in the group, choose pure play group will be better, although the group fee will be higher, but reduce the number of stores into the scenic spot, can avoid many elderly people were fooled to buy some expensive and useless things, but also to avoid wasting time.
Finally, as children, must repeatedly advise the elderly to rational consumption, do not believe in those outside stores that sell things indiscriminately under the guise of health care, or is to let the elderly inquire about the family before buying something, if the tour guide in the process of travel compulsory to take the elderly to buy something, must not be tolerated, to respond to the relevant departments in a timely manner.
Although it is now an open secret that tour groups and tour guides are "shady", we still need to be vigilant and take precautions.