How to Plan a successful tour itinerary 1

Itinerary planning is one of the major functions and day-to-day activities of a travel agency. The travel agency may sell ready-made tour packages or design tailor made customized tour itineraries for according to their clients requirements. Tour itinerary should be carefully planed just because of it involves a lot of work. In this article we are going to explain how to plan successful tour itinerary, what’s including it and key terms on it.   

What is Tour itinerary?

The term ‘itinerary’ may be defined as the linking of all the journey points in a traveler’s journey, i.e. from the origin point, and in between stopping points for sightseeing at the destinations and back to the point of origin, which may not always be the case. We can describe it as the itinerary is a tour programme in sequential order which is designed day wise to identify the origin points, destinations and route points, hotels, meals, mode of transport, sightseeing, car/coach and other relevant details related to the tour. 

we can summarize it like this, itinerary is used to identify the origin, destination and all the halts in a traveler’s journey. 

Segments of an itinerary 

Each particular portion of itinerary we can called as a segment. i.e. cultural triangle of the Sri Lanka. Anuradapura-Polonnaruwa-Kandy. it would be consist of following segments-:
1. Anuradhapura-Polonnaruwa
2. Polonnaruwa-Kandy
3. Kandy-Anuradhapura
Depending on the mode of transportation between destinations we can termed two segments -:

Air segment

Air segment means it use air travel as mode of transport. in this segment departure city or airport termed as the “boarding point” or departure point. the city of arrival or airport is termed as “off point” or arrival point.

Surface segment 

Surface segment means use land travel such as railway or road for it’s mode of transportation.

Outbound segment and inbound segment 

For an outbound travel such as Colombo-Delhi-Colombo, we can identify Colombo-Delhi as the outbound segment and Delhi-Colombo as inbound segment (return segment).

One way itinerary and Circle trip

A one way itinerary is one where passenger is not return to the origin (boarding point).
i.e. Colombo-Dubai
A circle trip is one which the passenger return to the point of origin (boarding point).
i.e. Colombo-Dubai-Colombo

Non-stop, direct and connecting flight 

A non-stop flight is a flight that does not leave any stops between origin point and the passenger intended destination.
In a direct flight the passenger is not required to change any aircraft. but it can be have any number of stops.
In connecting flight two or more air crafts are used between the origin point and destination point.

Origin, connecting and stopover point

A connecting point is one which a point where there is change of aircraft.
A stopover point is one which is not a connecting point. destination point is the point of stopover.
The origin point is the first departure point or boarding point.
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