On Thursday, April 23, GANYC’s Education Committee organized an informative Professional Development Program (PDP) featuring Kelsey Tonner, founder and Lead Trainer of Be a Better Guide and its Online Tourism Academy. Tonner introduced the “Virtual Tour Business” online modular program he and his team developed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also fielded members’ questions about issues related to Virtual Tourism.
In related news, GANYC’s Board is delighted to announce that GANYC is now an affiliate partner with Be a Better Guide. This partnership benefits members and the association in a number of important ways:
-Kelsey Tonner has graciously extended a $200 discount to all GANYC members who enroll in Be a Better Guide’s “Virtual Tour Business.”
-GANYC will receive a 33% commission on all Virtual Tour Business program sales to GANYC members. This money will be used to keep growing GANYC programs and offerings to our members during this difficult time.
-GANYC members enjoy a 30-day money-back guarantee if they are dissatisfied with Be a Better Guide’s products for any reason.
The Virtual Tour Business, a brand new program from the Online Tourism Academy, is now OPEN for enrollment.
The Virtual Tour Business Coaching Program is a complete guide to rapidly launch and sell online tours and experiences. The mission is to help over 100 tour businesses and freelance guides create, market, and sell new online products and services. There are options to get 1-on-1 tech support PLUS your registration comes with a 30-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.
Members can access a direct link with that discount and the video to rewatch the PDP on the GANYC Announcements page.
Then, on April 29, we offered our follow-up PDP. This half featured three GANYC members-- Megan Marod, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Wilcox-- who've created different kinds of virtual content. The PDP discussed the process and best practices for this new type of tourism experience... along with more Q&A. The goal was to provide members with a hands-on discussion to demystify the new world of virtual tourism experiences.
GANYC has also been working through its weekly Virgil newsletter to share links on where people can access virtual content from not just our members, but also the city's many amazing museums and cultural institutions.
For members who missed the PDP or who want to view it again, the Announcements link above has a link to the video.