Tailored Tours: A Handy Way to See New York City
A city as complex and unforgiving as New York offers little instruction for the average tourist. A new on-line service aims to make the overwhelming task of seeing all the city’s attractions a bit more manageable.
Chris Karel of Bronx, New York, was tired of jotting down directions to sights in the city on his way out the door to work for his visitors from out of town. His solution; TailoredTours.com, an online service that provides maps with detailed descriptions of each attraction custom fit to meet the needs of a wide range of travelers. Finding things to do in NYC has never been easier!
With 43 million visitors to New York each year, the market for such a service was already created for this former British Airways employee.
A Guide to New York
The site’s categories range from “Family Friendly” to “The Perfect Date.” Most of these self-guided tours are only $3.00 but some such as the “Spring Break Tour” cost $6.00. The tours are sent via-email and can be downloaded and printed after purchase.
The downloaded tour starts with a color coded map complete with an expected duration time and distance. The expected duration time varies because of the itinerary’s suggested activities.
Beyond historic buildings and plazas the Tailored Tour itineraries include note worthy restaurants, bars and shopping stops. After reading my itinerary I had some skepticism about the featured companies, assuming there was some sort of promotional relationship between the tour and business. This is not the case, “I doubt most of the businesses are even aware they’re apart of our tour,” says Karel.
Here to Stay
Tailored Tours is considerably successful given its only been active for a few months. Karel claims that they haven’t received any complaints from past customers and have already sold over a 1,000 tours.
The site warns not to re-distribute the tours in massive quantities but this is difficult to follow up on. Karel is relying on people’s good faith as well as regularly updating the tours to keep the site thriving. The site does say that it’s alright to pass on a past tour to friends and family
Since Tailored Tours has already conquered New York, the site’s extension may be coming to a city near you. They plan on extending their service to Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C. relatively soon.
The service seems a bit obvious to be a new idea but it’s quite the opposite. When I asked Karel about the threat of competitors he replied, “as far as I know we’re the only sightseeing tour via- email.” I searched the internet for any sites with similar services but came up with nothing.
Check it Out
Tailored Tours can be downloaded with Adobe Reader once received in an e-mail. The site offers a sample tour to a fictional city for prospective customers and they also offer gift certificates. They do not offer refunds and all sales are final so be sure to check out the weather before embarking on a trip. To check out Tailored Tours yourself visit: TailoredTours.com.
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