Most tourists would find it very boring to travel by cars and not seeing the beautiful scenery more closely; this would not be a very good vacation for them. They prefer to see the rivers close up, or climb mountains. That’s why they have decided to take a vacation after all. So, how better to see the wonderful landscape than on a bicycle?
If you have lots of knowledge on bicycles, then start a bicycle business and rent them out to tourists. This is especially a good idea if you live somewhere which attracts lots of tourists. The bikes will let the tourists travel more lightly and enjoy their time. They can go to other cities on the bike, or even go mountain biking. This idea is even more wonderful because of the healthy reasons that come with biking.
Make sure to have a wide array of bicycles, of different sizes and models. This way, you might even attract locals who might want to get out for a refreshing ride. You should also supply helmets, especially so if there is a state law enforcing it. Giving your customers maps for a small price is another good option. This will make sure that they won’t get lost and return to you! While you are at it, point out to them which are the popular spots to visit on the map.
Depending on the quality and styles of your bikes, you can charge your customers from $15 to $25 a day. Renting out bicycle trailers will also help your business, because customers can then place their children on the trailer and explore the city.
A good way to start marketing is to create a website and write information about your bikes and packages which people might be interested in. You could also offer the option of people reserving bikes through your website. If they do reserve the bike (for a small deposit), then they won’t forget about your business after they arrive in the city. Be sure to offer a variety of packages so that the customers are interested in at least one of your packages. This way, you can capture customers whatever they are willing to pay.
You will also need a good contact with the travel agency. Getting your business listed in a local phone directory would help you a lot too. And spread out leaflets and pamphlets with complete information about your wonderful business. Don’t forget to utilize the public bulletin boards. If you can get those first few customers, expanding your business will be so easy, because your excellent services will bring back more customers through references.