Questions To Ask a Student Tour Company in 2023
Once you’ve decided on an educational destination for your next student tour, it’s time to ask yourself a few questions when considering which student tour company to go with. Below, we’re breaking down some of the best questions to ask potential student tour companies before your trip.
Will my students be safe?
The first and most important question is about safety. How can you be sure your students are in safe hands during their educational tour? Be sure to ask about their security guards and any other safety measures that are put in place. For example, Son Tours only works with security guards that deal exclusively with student groups. And in the case of a student group staying in more than one level of a hotel, Son Tours makes sure that there is a security guard for each floor. Also be sure to check whether or not there is travel and health insurance available in case of an emergency. Many companies charge xtra for this type of insurance, but Son Tours provides it free of charge.
What COVID-19 precautions are taken?
Ever since March 2020, there is another safety consideration to think about:
COVID-19. Does the tour company take every measure possible to keep students safe? Check their website for any information about how they handle COVID-19, and be sure to ask questions about any precautions they take when you call. For example, the Son Tours website mentions it was a finalist for the COVID-19 Safety Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
How flexible is the itinerary in case of weather or other events?
Weather conditions and other factors can be unpredictable, and travel plans sometimes have to change on a dime. It’s important for your tour group to be led by tour guides with local knowledge of the area who can make accommodations in cases of inclement weather or places being unexpectedly closed. Son Tours only works with knowledgeable and accredited tour guides
that are licensed for the particular area where the group is traveling. This gives them the ability to change and customize your tour as needed due to any unforeseen circumstances.
What is the pricing like?
When getting a price quote on your educational tour, be sure to ask about any additional fees or charges. Some student tour companies offer payment plans, but oftentimes you can end up paying more after all the installments are said and done. Son Tours prides itself on “price integrity,” with no additional surcharges, registration fees, or payment plans where you end up paying more in the long run. What you see is what you get, and as Son Tours President John Nelson likes to say, “We look at our clients as people first, not dollar signs.”
How is the company’s reputation?
When researching a company’s reputation, be sure to check their rating with the Better Business Bureau, in addition to any reviews on Google, Yelp, or other review aggregate websites. Son Tours has a 97% client retention rate, an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, and a nearly perfect 5 star-rating on Google Reviews. In addition, Son Tours is a veteran-owned company who
wants to make sure you really know who you are working with. Someone from the senior staff will be happy to personally come and meet your group and tell you about the tour no matter what part of the country you are in. “That’s just who we are,” says John.
With a client retention rate of 97%, and an A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau, Son Tours, Inc. is passionate about providing safe, immersive, once-in-a-lifetime educational travel experiences through customizable student tours. Get in touch with us today, and we can help you plan the perfect tour for you and your student group.