unning a business where you offer both tours and rentals and finding a booking system that can handle both types can be challenging. The reason is that a rental setup is very different than a tour setup.  Each has its own rules, including time rules and pricing.

Many booking systems on the market may be good at setting up your tours, but fail miserably with your rentals.  Where does that leave you?  Using a system that is inefficient and creates more work for you.  The whole point of partnering with a company that provides online booking and management capability is to give you more time in your day to do what you love, such as run your boat tour or give paddle board lessons.

The good news is that there is a great booking system that was designed to handle both tours, activities, and rentals without the need for workarounds. BookingCentral is a complete online booking system for rentals, tours, and activities. The developers designed the system with these variations in mind and give you the customization to set up each offering individually and exactly as you need.

How BookingCentral does it better

The BookingCentral booking system was designed so each type has its own setup page. The pages for setting up a Tour or Activity have different options than the pages for a Rental. You can easily access each type in the Settings when you are working in the system.

BookingCentral Settings

For example, when setting up a Tour or Activity will typically need the following setup options:

  • Tour Length
  • Min/Max persons per tour
  • Private, Group or Individual options to include variables in pricing for each
  • Space for a Description to provide as much details about the tour including: what to see and do, what to bring and what to wear
  • Ability to offer multiple time slots during the day
  • Ability to offer tours all the days of the week or just certain days of the week
  • Ability to offer tours every day of the year or only during certain times of the year

These options and more are important for any tour operator, and should be must-haves in a booking system. BookingCentral gives you all these options and more.

Just one of the many setup options in BookingCentral

For Rentals, the setup looks very different since the rental has different setup requirements such as:

  • Variable Lengths per rental (eg. 4 Hours, 8 Hours, Multi-Day)
  • Inventory Control
  • Ability to book multiple rentals
  • Seasonal Pricing
  • Buffer time between rentals
  • Waivers and Insurance options
Flexible Rental Pricing

The Customer Experience

For booking online, the system gives your customer an experience at checkout this is simple to navigate. Customers can book 24/7 from your website using the BookingCentral checkout widget. The widget is customizable, and allows you to show a complete list of all your offerings in one list or grid view as well you can create a button or link for each individual offering.

Interested in finding out more about BookingCentral? We offer the lowest industry fees, a system that is snap to setup, and easy to use. Reach out for more information or to get a demo. We'd love to chat with you.

Apr 30, 2020
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