On the first ever episode of the Tourpreneur Podcast, host Shane Whaley talks with Alice and Torin of The Flying Bike in Asheville.

Interview with the tourpreneurs behind The Flying Bike of Asheville

On Episode 1 of the Tourpreneur Podcast, Alice and Torin reveal:

  • How they went about buying a tour business on Craiglist and why buying a pre-existing tour business could be right for you.
  • What inspired Alice and Torin to set up a business in tourism, an industry neither of them had worked in or had experience in.
  • Why connections is an important part of their company values and mission.
  • How they overcame imposters syndome.
  • Torin talks us through what it was like to lead his first tour
  • What they would do differently if they had to start all over again? (Or if Shane was able to borrow Dr Who’s Tardis and go back in time.)
  • Tips for recruiting tour guides and staff (including interview advice.)
  • Torin and Alice share how they solicit customer feedback.
  • Why they use Tourism Tiger for their website.
  • How Kelsey Tonner’s Be a Better Guide course has flattened the learning curve of running a tour business
  • What tools, apps, resources and books they recommend.
  • Why they love the Arival conference and what they got out of it.
  • Why they chose Fareharbor as their booking platform
  • And Much Much More

Tour Operator Resources mentioned on this episode.

Books for Tourpreneurs

Shane Whaley is the Producer and Host of the Tourpreneur Podcast. He is also the curator in chief for the Tourpreneur Daily Brief. Shane has worked in the travel industry for almost twenty years.