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Postby beppi » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:11 pm

paulzheng wrote:Do you have any suggestion that how can I contact the tourist who want to travel to singapore?


That's exactly where the Singapore Tourism Board can help you, e.g. by placing a link on their sites or adding you to tourist brochures, etc.

I'll send you a PM with my contact details (posting here will only attract SPAM).

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Postby prkravi » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 2:35 pm

AND if you are 2x 3x Serious, start here:-
http://www.goodenglish.org.sg/

You will be the face and representation of SG, and communicating to foreigners, so....

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Postby Nath21 » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 3:34 pm

Whilst you seem to have good intentions you also sound a bit wet behind the ears. Im not sure tourists would want to connect with you without knowing your not some tyype of criminal leading them to get robbed or to a back street vendors for kickbacks etc. So your going to need a plan to get around this problem. If you cant join an established group you should try and get some endorsement from some reputable organisation or at least start with locals or backpackers etc who could endorse your experience and yourself through a website. Also need to do a lot of work to make this experience interesting and different which Im sure you can put your mind to. good luck

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Postby paulzheng » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 4:21 pm

beppi wrote:
paulzheng wrote:Do you have any suggestion that how can I contact the tourist who want to travel to singapore?


That's exactly where the Singapore Tourism Board can help you, e.g. by placing a link on their sites or adding you to tourist brochures, etc.

I'll send you a PM with my contact details (posting here will only attract SPAM).


Dear Frank,

I already received you email address and drop you a email.
I also considering to contact with Singapore Tourism Board, but i think before contact with them, i should have some base first, for example, i already do some free guide several times and found that is a very good effect, then maybe i can contact with them, otherwise, maybe they will suspect my sincerity.

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Postby paulzheng » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 4:28 pm

prkravi wrote:AND if you are 2x 3x Serious, start here:-
http://www.goodenglish.org.sg/

You will be the face and representation of SG, and communicating to foreigners, so....


sure, you are right, i already add the website on my favorite folder and will study it. It is also one reason that i want to be free guide for singapore, I believe it will be a great motiviation for me to improve my english and definitly will improve my english when doing so.

Thanks again for your suggestions.

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Postby dazzlebabe » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 5:49 pm

Will you also provide New Water for your thirsty tourist?

Good luck with this and keep me updated on your progress.
Just me

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Postby ksl » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 6:34 pm

Guides Singapore professional development programme.

Tourist board:
The website shows a certificate error, though just accept like i did and you will get information on getting a licence and the courses available.

https://guides-online.visitsingapore.co ... ulletin225

There are many business opportunities in the tourism trade and guides will be always wanted, specialising in mother tongue, not just English will be an advantage in developing your niche...specialising will add value, be it history, New development, speciality hawker foods and recipes handed down from families.

There are even the business women/men, that often drop into Singapore that need entertainment, and relaxation, so hook up with spa's clubs and such, will earn you $, if you can deliver a group for example.

Identify your target market and make a daily itinerary online so people can sign up to your tours, even if it is only 1 day a month, make it available online and get noticed through the tourism office with a licence.
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Postby JR8 » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 6:56 pm

I don't know what the figure is these days but it used to be that visitors stayed an average of 2.5 days.

I think there is definitely a market for people with such little time to be guided around, rather than them having to do all the legwork of deciding where to go and how to get there.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 8:39 pm

It was up to 3.5 days before the IR's opened. Now it might be less after they visit the IR's and get fleeced! :lol:

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Postby paulzheng » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:48 pm

Nath21 wrote:Whilst you seem to have good intentions you also sound a bit wet behind the ears. Im not sure tourists would want to connect with you without knowing your not some tyype of criminal leading them to get robbed or to a back street vendors for kickbacks etc. So your going to need a plan to get around this problem. If you cant join an established group you should try and get some endorsement from some reputable organisation or at least start with locals or backpackers etc who could endorse your experience and yourself through a website. Also need to do a lot of work to make this experience interesting and different which Im sure you can put your mind to. good luck


Yes, you are right. Once i write in youtube that i want to be free guide, then someone ask me, " are you really free? or you just want to bring people to some shopping and get some cashback?". I understand that people should will have thousands and hundreds double on my purpose, but i believe if i insist on and patiently explain what i really want to do, finally people will accept me.

and there are really a lot thing need me to do and thanks again for your good wish.

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Postby paulzheng » Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:56 pm

dazzlebabe wrote:Will you also provide New Water for your thirsty tourist?

Good luck with this and keep me updated on your progress.


hehe, maybe, i think i even can bring them to visit new wator gallary if the tourist wants.

I already setup a website to promote my free guide, so you can check my lastest progress or you can tell me your email address and i will send you email to update the progress.

My website is : www.singaporefreeguide.com

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Postby paulzheng » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:01 am

ksl wrote:Guides Singapore professional development programme.

Tourist board:
The website shows a certificate error, though just accept like i did and you will get information on getting a licence and the courses available.

https://guides-online.visitsingapore.co ... ulletin225

There are many business opportunities in the tourism trade and guides will be always wanted, specialising in mother tongue, not just English will be an advantage in developing your niche...specialising will add value, be it history, New development, speciality hawker foods and recipes handed down from families.

There are even the business women/men, that often drop into Singapore that need entertainment, and relaxation, so hook up with spa's clubs and such, will earn you $, if you can deliver a group for example.

Identify your target market and make a daily itinerary online so people can sign up to your tours, even if it is only 1 day a month, make it available online and get noticed through the tourism office with a licence.


do you mean that i need to get a license before i act a free guide?

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Postby prkravi » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:39 am

Just an encouragement, hope it doesn't classify as advertisement..
Last Dec, I made a trip to Bali, REAL last minute, and I had no clue
what so ever, all that I did was GOOGLE...and I found this:-

http://www.balitourguide.net/

Being the Tourist, I was very skeptic, but the content and the way this guy presented himself on the Internet, really convinced me to pick up the phone and call him and I engaged him. Purely on trust....BUT there was something else that really convinced me, which was the evident testimonials; not on his web site, but on Facebook. Real people, Real pictures, Real experiences...

You get the idea? EVIDENCE is key, If you are serious...and I loved his knowledge about the place. Of course he is native, but in more ways than one, He got his act right.

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Postby ksl » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 4:19 am

paulzheng wrote:
ksl wrote:Guides Singapore professional development programme.

Tourist board:
The website shows a certificate error, though just accept like i did and you will get information on getting a licence and the courses available.

https://guides-online.visitsingapore.co ... ulletin225

There are many business opportunities in the tourism trade and guides will be always wanted, specialising in mother tongue, not just English will be an advantage in developing your niche...specialising will add value, be it history, New development, speciality hawker foods and recipes handed down from families.

There are even the business women/men, that often drop into Singapore that need entertainment, and relaxation, so hook up with spa's clubs and such, will earn you $, if you can deliver a group for example.

Identify your target market and make a daily itinerary online so people can sign up to your tours, even if it is only 1 day a month, make it available online and get noticed through the tourism office with a licence.


do you mean that i need to get a license before i act a free guide?


No not really, though if you have anything of value to offer, then it would be the wisest choice, credability goes a long way.....most websites lure there consumers with freebies all the time. You can still be a freebie with a licence, it is much more secure for consumers to know that you are regulated and you would be offering them piece of mind, imagine if you wanted to dump your boring employment and start doing the guiding full time, good preparation and planning delays much time wasted.

So I'm saying it all depends and your long term goals which you have not yet set, in the short term you are just wanting to offer a free service to meet people who are interested, if your interest is serious your, credibility with a licence will garner exposure and feedback.

Also look at the worst scenarios, you come up with an idea, and someone will copy it and turn it into a profitable business. As i say it's all about turning a hobby into a life long dream of doing something you are happy doing and making a living.

Ask yourself why you wanted to do this in the first place? Only you have the answer, I'm the key to your subconscious :lol: giving you alternatives to consider if you do it do it right, make a time table of events to cover the whole day, half day or by the hour.

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Postby paulzheng » Wed, 16 Feb 2011 9:48 am

prkravi wrote:Just an encouragement, hope it doesn't classify as advertisement..
Last Dec, I made a trip to Bali, REAL last minute, and I had no clue
what so ever, all that I did was GOOGLE...and I found this:-

http://www.balitourguide.net/

Being the Tourist, I was very skeptic, but the content and the way this guy presented himself on the Internet, really convinced me to pick up the phone and call him and I engaged him. Purely on trust....BUT there was something else that really convinced me, which was the evident testimonials; not on his web site, but on Facebook. Real people, Real pictures, Real experiences...

You get the idea? EVIDENCE is key, If you are serious...and I loved his knowledge about the place. Of course he is native, but in more ways than one, He got his act right.


Your sharing is really very importance for me. To me, i really lack of Evidence, because when i generate this idea one and half year ago, i even feel shy to talk my thought to my friend, i am worry someone will laugh at me. some of them did laught at me. So when i receive the encourage from any friend like you, i always feel appreciate.

I think i still have a lot to do. I just setup a website, althought it is very very simple, so simple only have one sentence, i still feel excited about it. It means finally i took some action.

your referred website is a very good website, it will my example for my future hard work direction. I still have a lot to do, web development ( i am totally new in web design), materially preparation...but i believe it will be a happy journey for myself.

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