The 2020 Dude Ranchers’ Association is behind us and most of us left the California sun to head back into the snow. Steve and I of course had a great time catching up with all who made it down there, but we also learned a lot. Here is a summary of the sessions we attended, the social happenings, and the new Ranch Bookings development we presented at our user group meeting. If you missed the convention or want to catch up, read on! And make sure to register to our marketing webinar with special guest Peter Ross from 829 Studios.
More Travelers Than Ever Are Choosing to Travel on Their Own
The way that people travel is changing, and more people than ever are actually choosing to embark on adventure travel all on their own. Solo travel is growing, and it’s just another opportunity for guest and dude ranches to take advantage of the growing adventure travel market.
Travelers Are Looking for Slower Travel and More Immersive Experiences
If you’re looking to increase the number of reservations at your ranch this year, you should be paying attention to how your potential guests are choosing to travel. Adventure travel is growing, and guest ranches are in a peak position to take advantage of new travelers looking to take advantage of unique experiences.
What We Learned From Joe Calhoon at the CDGRA Convention
Our team just returned from the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association Convention, and we left feeling particularly inspired after seeing Joe Calhoon speak on business growth plans. We felt like Calhoon’s thoughts were a direct reflection of how our team and our platform is working to help ranchers be more efficient and effective in their businesses, and we wanted to share them so that everyone would be able to take advantage.
Use Current Trends to Drive Your Ranch Forward
If you want to push your guest ranch to succeed in the new year, the best thing you can do is learn from how people planned and booked vacations in 2018 and take that information with you as you plan for the upcoming busy season. With personalization and online trends taking the front seat, ranches should look for ways that they can fulfill the modern traveler’s desires.
Streamline Your Processes by Using a Platform That Supports the Business Side of Your Ranch
The way that people are planning their ranch vacations is changing. As adventure travel continues to grow, guest ranches need to be assessing how their processes for taking and managing reservations are performing.
Making a First Impression on Potential Guests is Key
You probably know by now how important having a strong website is for your guest ranch. New guests aren’t going to be familiar with your ranch or where you’re located, so the best idea they can get aside from word of mouth is by looking online. If you don’t do a good job at making a strong impression, it’s not going to take a lot for them to move on to the next location. Websites are a living, breathing thing, so it’s OK to make changes and updates. Here’s how to do a website audit to ensure you’re making the best effort possible to attract new reservations.
Give Your Future Stakeholders Processes They Can Build Upon
There are a lot of different tasks that go into ranch management, and not all of them are all that glamorous. On top of caring for your horses and your livestock, you’re also facing back office struggles that can pull you away from more valuable matters, such as tending to the needs of current guests and managing incoming guests.
Don’t Let Potential Guests Slip Through Your Fingers
Adventure travel has been making noticeable increases in recent years — growing at an average of 60 percent annually. And for the future, it’s projected to grow 46 percent as we look toward 2020. More people every year are looking to book more experiential vacations, so how is your ranch taking advantage of it?