Nigerians like to journey and overseas journeys, for no matter causes they’re taken, are perceived as extra satisfying given the surroundings change and cultural experiences provided.
It’s truthful to say that not all overseas journeys are made for the surroundings and tradition out there past Nigeria’s shores; quite a lot of journeys happen for causes starting from well being to enterprise to rest. Nevertheless, vacationing accounts for a lot of journeys made overseas as individuals search rest spots and an atmosphere totally different from the norm.
For most individuals, the the place is understood however how stays a thriller.
Staycations trump holidays
The recession that hit Nigeria within the second quarter of 2016 didn’t make it any simpler for these dreaming of travelling to make the funds required to dwell their desires. Nevertheless, these for whom cash was not an element, who might spare no expense, lived out their fantasies — and even up to date them yearly — whereas others who have been dreaming earlier than the recession, effectively, continued to dream.Commercial
With holidays changing into tougher to afford staycations grew to become a factor as individuals opted for staying house versus travelling in another country. Numerous causes got for this alteration as some mentioned, “What’s there that isn’t right here? All now we have to do is construct our personal nation.” Whether or not that is true is up for debate. Nevertheless, some others got here clear and mentioned travelling had turn out to be too costly, so that they’d keep house and discover methods to get pleasure from themselves.
Staycations had come to remain, or so we thought.
Act one, scene one: Enter tour firms
Virtually as simply as water discovering its degree, an answer was proffered to the issue as tour firms got here up with choices to fulfill the wants of Nigerians looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of on a regular basis life.
Tour firms aren’t new and their choices often embody location options, flights, lodging, feeding, and excursions of the areas visited, all bundled in a tour package deal.
Past simply travelling, they discovered methods to place collectively an expertise to be remembered. Contemplating all being positioned on the plate, the full prices of those packages have been nonetheless past the attain of the common Nigerian.
A manner needed to be discovered for the dreamers to get up and dwell their desires with out breaking the financial institution.
The Web to the rescue?
Contemplating the Web and cell phone penetration figures and projections, one wonders what position social media performs within the grand scheme of issues for tour firms in Nigeria.
Damola, whose “digitally-driven tour firm” started operations in 2016, says the state of the journey trade in Nigeria continues to be under par, “nonetheless, we aren’t the place we have been yesterday. Individuals are starting to see the explanation they must journey as their views have modified over time.”
In 2020 among the finest methods to achieve a big viewers is clearly by way of the Web and using social media, as most individuals with smartphones are lively on no less than one social media platform. The various choices that now abound on the subject of information plans provided by telcos make it simpler for subscribers to keep up their on-line presences.
“Ten years in the past entry to the Web was tremendous costly and unique to the wealthy. However now, virtually all people is on the Web and it has helped us push journey extra to individuals,” he continues.
Tayo works at a journey and tour company with vacation and honeymoon packages amongst their choices; he believes, “Social media may be very key as a result of that’s the solely manner individuals can get to know you and your model. You can’t downplay the significance of any of the social media platforms. Then there may be additionally the place of sponsored adverts.”
He goes on to say his company is lively on Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Fb, and LinkedIn as a result of “our prospects shall be on no less than one among these platforms. So, once I put out an advert, say on WhatsApp as an illustration, I inform my contacts, ‘Please, ship it to your contacts, my prospects is perhaps in your good friend’s contact record.’”
Nonetheless speaking in regards to the position of the Web, Damola says, “Securing our partnerships and getting the packages out to individuals was carried out utilizing the Web.”
Talking about Dubai — a preferred vacation spot — he says, “It was by browsing the Web I met the primary set of individuals I labored with in Dubai. I didn’t must fly to Dubai to have significant conversations and strike a take care of them; so, the Web may be very instrumental to our enterprise.”
Cash! Cash!! Cash!!!
No matter the attain the Web supplies, one nonetheless has to ask what the price of such a visit involves on the finish of the day, after which think about its affordability.
Recalling the time when Web entry was a luxurious, Damola says, “To be sincere with you, these packages have been actually costly then.”
So, what modified? Entry to the Web alone can not probably be the explanation for a drop in costs; if something, a wider attain ought to encourage staying the course, enhancing companies, and probably rising the price of companies with time.
However Damola says, “It’s a sport of numbers and the amount you will have determines what your package deal will value.”
Seeing as Web entry shouldn’t be the unique proper of any explicit group of individuals, one begins to grasp simply how a lot competitors there may be on this house. A quick go to to the social media platform of your alternative ought to reveal a lot of tour packages being marketed at ridiculously low costs.
Shedding some mild on this, Damola says, “There are quite a lot of issues that really contribute to packages being extra inexpensive.”
A realisation of how actual the competitors is makes one marvel how these firms keep in enterprise when every day some firm probably has a greater package deal on supply.
In staying together with his Dubai reference, he says, “Lots of people go to Dubai and so they have opened their doorways to virtually all people, so the packages we get from them get cheaper.”
We are able to deduce from this that the general value of a package deal is partly decided by how good a deal tour firms can strike with their vacation spot managers.
Tayo says the bottom line is to, “Develop your area of interest and guarantee you might be giving unforgettable service.”
“What we do is to make sure that individuals get good worth for his or her cash, which I feel is essential. We promote worth majorly and when persons are glad with what you give them they’ll come again and in addition refer you,” Damola says.
He goes on to say, “I don’t ever cancel journeys.”
When social media and the Web aren’t sufficient
Contemplating the heavy reliance on the Web and social media to get the phrase out, one wonders what occurs when the anticipated goal quantity shouldn’t be reached. That is necessary to look at particularly as a result of, with tour packages, offers are struck with vacation spot managers earlier than tour firms decide what the full package deal prices; that is often a operate of how many individuals they anticipate their adverts will herald.
In conditions the place social media engagement fails to provide quite a lot of and paying shoppers to justify the discounted value of a visit, the businesses have needed to bear the loss.
“We’ve had occasions the place we put out a deal and didn’t get the required variety of individuals; what we did at such occasions was to convey out cash from our pockets to make sure that the journey occurred,” says Damola.
Utilizing an ongoing advert marketing campaign for a Dubai journey, Tayo says, “We’ll strive as a lot as doable to make sure we attain the [target] quantity as a result of earlier than arriving on the value, we spoke to the vacation spot managers in Dubai, and the airline, and paid 30 per cent upfront for the 30 individuals now we have made preparations for.
“If solely 20 individuals register, we must pay for the remaining 10. This implies now we have made a loss. So, although a visit may be worthwhile for us if now we have the amount required, we will document a loss if we don’t make up the quantity wanted. This can be a giant danger concerned.”
Clearly, social media and the Web are key to the profitability of tour firms in Nigeria.
The loss of life of social media
Is it then protected to say that with out social media and the Web, tour firms as we all know them right this moment will exit of enterprise?
Addressing the hypothetical state of affairs the place social media ceases to exist, Tayo believes, “Everybody might want to discover a technique to get their message throughout to their shoppers.”
Damola, who appears to have already set the wheels in movement, says, “…it’d have an effect on a number of of us. However then, we’re already placing measures in place so that when that house is out of it, we’ll proceed to get relevance exterior social media.
“One of many issues we’re doing isn’t just to be recognized on social media, we’re starting to method corporates and make them see the the reason why their members of employees must take a break, or possibly the top of the yr/starting of the yr retreats.”
You won’t be one of many dreamers earlier talked about, however every time you come throughout a tour package deal on social media, you may be conscious that an organization’s success would possibly very effectively be depending on the way you work together with that advert.