China – A tour operator’s perspective
When we first established Benmo Ltd in 1999, it was very much with a view to providing consultancy services to tour operators who required a specialist to help them run a China programme.
Our premise was that although China had developed an extensive infrastructure of world class hotels and a vastly improved flight network, there are still geographical, cultural and historical elements which make it a challenging country to work in if you want to provide an enjoyable and rewarding visit to China for your clientele without the feeling that they are merely part of a great tourism machine.
How it works
China is an ideal destination for a wide-range of special interest and affinity groups. We will do the research, write up the itinerary, make the ground arrangements in China, hold pre-tour seminars, select suitable tour leaders if required and provide a detailed pre-tour itinerary and information pack.
We will also carry out the visa administration on your behalf & pass on the benefit of any flight deals which we have negotiated.
You maintain continuity with your clients by administering the reservations in the usual way.
We have worked with a number of partners in the past few years:-
ACE Study Tours
Heritage Group Travel (2009 for local DIFAS group – fully subscribed )
Templeworld Travel (Readership programmes)
Martin Randall Travel (2006 programme for friends of the Royal Academy based on the Three Emperors Exhibition)
Steamond Travel – Family Programmes
Please contact us with your request by e-mail or by telephone and we will respond within 48 hours.
Our intention is to devise each itinerary in response to clients’ requirements, however, as an aide-memoire we list below a selection of arrangements, which our directors have been involved with in the past:-
- Multi centre programmes combining China and Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Siberia
- Organizing filming & photo shoots
- Trade exhibitions and trade missions
- Travel trade seminars and familiarization trips
- Specialist magazine readership itineraries – eg History Today
- Incentive groups
- Common interest groups – Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of the Third Age, the League of Jewish Women,
- Schools groups – Chinese schools in the big cities have good facilities which are suitable for schools groups
Other themes to spark the imagination and may be inspired by recent TV programmes:-
Medicine in China,
Art & Landscapes – opportunities for painting
Gardens (the Monty Don series)
Learning Chinese in China,
Wildlife Reserves (Wild China)
Trekking (soft adventure in the Great Wall area, around Huangshan, in Yunnan Province – near Lijiang)