Our Tour Operator Stores Packages

With 8 years of experience working with the tourism industry, LightSpeed is perfectly positioned to propel your travel business into online success. Choose a package best suited to your business and budget

Starter

$ 2000

Get 3 tours setup for promotion and 1 custom designs to showcase your offering

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  • Custom homepage design
  • Style guide design
  • 3 pages
  • 3 tours set up
  • Responsive design
  • Content uploaded
  • Revisions

Plugin Configuration Included:

  • Tour Operator
  • 3 Plugins from the recommended list*

Value Added Benefits:

Average Lead Times:

  • +/- 14 Days

Comprehensive

$ 3500

2 custom page designs with 3 subscription products

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  • 1 x Custom design
  • Style guide design
  • 5 pages
  • 6 tours set up
  • Responsive design
  • Content uploaded
  • 1 Revision

Plugin Configuration Included:

  • Tour Operator
  • 3 Plugins from the recommended list*

Value Added Benefits:

Average Lead Times:

  • +/- 21 Days

Advanced

$ 5000

3 custom page designs with 5 subscription products

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  • 2 x Custom design
  • Style guide design
  • 7 pages
  • 10 tours set up
  • Responsive design
  • Content uploaded
  • 2 Revisions

Plugin Configuration Included:

  • Tour Operator
  • 3 Plugins from the recommended list*

Value Added Benefits:

Average Lead Times:

  • +/- 28 Days

*Important Package Information

Please note:

  • Each package includes 3 months free hosting on our servers. After 3 months hosting will be payable at our standard rates.
  • Some packages include configuration for certain paid extensions. However the purchase price and license fee for these extensions is NOT included in the total package price. Should you wish to make use of these paid extensions then you must purchase these separately.
  • A list if the recommended plugins is displayed on the product page under the description tabs.
  • Recommended plugin configuration can be swopped out for another plugin if prefered.
  • We use are own free LSX theme for all our projects. LSX Theme utalizes extensions which must be licensed annually after the 1st year.
  • Each Package includes a 1 year free license for either the Tour Operators essentials or Tour Operators complete extensions bundle.

LightSpeed has 8 years experience working with the tourism industry

With built in functionality for digital tour itineraries, accommodation listings and destination management, our tour operator websites are the perfect solution for promoting your online travel business. Hire us to create a custom tour operator website that perfectly represents your brand and your products. Our team of developers take care of coding and interconnecting the content for your website, while our in-house designers will ensure your website looks as good as it works.

Types of Tour Operator Websites

  • Travel Agent
  • Tour Operator
  • Day Tours
  • Safari operator
  • Activity provider
  • Destination management

Find out more about our tour operator packages and let us help you define your specific needs

Pitfalls and Mistakes to Avoid

  • poor Poor design
  • image Inadequate destination images
  • description Inadequate tour descriptions
  • search Inadequate Search
  • usability Inadequate site usability
  • customer Poor customer service
  • checkout No clear booking button
  • shipping No clear calls to action
  • abandonment Slow page load speeds
  • desktop Desktop-only website design
  • seo No SEO strategy
  • social No social proof

Read our post on the top tour operator pitfalls or mistakes to avoid

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Tour Operator FAQ’sFrequently asked questions about our tour operator packages

Yes, but these are limited to the number of designs included in the package deal you prefer.

Yes, we keep development copies of all our websites you can use as a sandbox to try things out, but also for future development purposes. Your live site will be copied over to the development site before we start a new round of changes.

Yes. Some packages include configuration for certain paid extensions. However the purchase price and license fee for these extensions is NOT included in the total package price. Should you wish to make use of these paid extensions then you must purchase these separately.

3 months of free hosting on our servers is included in all packages. Thereafter hosting will be payable either monthly or annually.

A free SSL certificate is included in all packages.

Yes. We can assist with registering your new domain.

We encourage our clients to maintain their own websites once they’re launched. All of the websites we create are built using WordPress, so that you can update it yourself. We will make sure you know the basics about how to use WordPress before we hand over the website to you.

Please create a Google Drive folder for all your content and make sure this has been shared with us.

Create a Google Doc with all the relevant tour information and share this with us. Be sure to include as many details as possible like : Tour description, duration, activities, included and excluded, travel information, start and end times, accommodation listings, pricing and any other tour details that you’d like included. It is preferable that you supply a corresponding shared folder that contains the necessary images for each tour.

Create a Google Doc with all the relevant destinations listed and share this with us. It is preferable that you supply a corresponding shared folder that contains the necessary images for each destination

All our websites are created with search engines in mind and the website design is compliant with search engine guidelines. It is a good idea for your website to be re-evaluated in time as over a period of time the search engines do alter their rules and algorithms.

All of our websites are built to be fully-responsive and mobile friendly.

We recommend using MailChimp for sending newsletter campaigns. We can integrate this service into various parts of your website.

Yes we do. We can redesign your site retaining your company corporate style or we can re-design to give you a completely fresh image. Contact us for more information first.

No. You can specify which plugins you would like us to install and configure. However certain plugins are required and will not be changeable.

RequirementsWhat we need from you in order to get started

  • Complete a preformatted Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with your destination and tour details. We will provide a template that will guide you in compiling your product content.
  • Tour and itinerary details. Please supply all important tour and itinerary details – pricing, included excluded, activities etc.
  • Supply a Microsoft Word or text document with provisional copy for the homepage and any other key pages.
  • Upload your product images at a minimum of 1000px wide. Alternatively create a shared folder on Google Drive or Dropbox and send the link.

Projects

Inner Glow

WooCommerce

ATI Holidays

Tour Operators, WooCommerce

Elementz Travel

Tour Operators

Giltedge Group

Tour Operators

Overland360

Tour Operators

What they sayClients reviews

Eva Sittig
Role & Company: Head of Global Communications | Lufthansa InTouch

LightSpeed is managing the MailChimp account on behalf LH InTouch. The tasks include, RSS campaigns, List segmentation, Integrate WordPress plugin called AutoChimp – it synchronises the WordPress users with the MailChimp subscriber list – and template design. They offer on going support wherever needed.

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Tony Bales
Role & Company: CEO | Epping Property

LightSpeed initially facilitated the development of our website 7 years ago. They have also hosted our website since inception. Early in 2017 we decided to upgrade our website to a more modern platform. The LightSpeed team assisted Epping Property from start to finish. Their access to specialised people greatly enhanced…

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Kate Bergh
Role & Company: Owner | Cedarberg Africa

The review brought up some interesting points of improvement. It is clear that you took your time to personalize our site review, and I’m excited to make improvements. I appreciate your clear, detailed instructions, and the follow up links in each section for more information are helpful.

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Stephan Sliwensky
Role & Company: Marketing Director | DOCaddress

LightSpeed developed our brochure website some years back, we elected to use our own hosting and we didn’t keep our WordPress installation updated.

The site was infected quite badly and the content was replaced with malicious content. We contacted LightSpeed, who responded quickly and helped clean our site….

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Melissa Stroh
Role & Company: Safari Hotels

Safari Hotels has worked with LightSpeed for a number of years. As a referral to us, we have enjoyed the punctual fashion in which our enquiries have always been dealt with and the very thorough approach taken when executing instructions.

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Charlotte Metelerkamp
Role & Company: Head of Sales & Distribution | Classic Villas

I was approached by LightSpeed as we were looking to vastly improve on a website which was not performing at all. Ashley and his team at LightSpeed assisted me effortlessly; understood our needs quickly and offered us intelligent solutions which made complete business sense.

The result is not…

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Sandor Weyers
Role & Company: Elementz Travel

I approached LightSpeed because they were referred to me by Wetu and I also saw some of the great work they had done before.

LightSpeed helped me by designing and developing my travel website from scratch.

The result was outstanding with the final product design matching…

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Yentl Barros
Role & Company: Media24

I approached LightSpeed Development because they developed a similar site within our group before and we were satisfied with the job they did previously.

We contacted LightSpeed again to develop a paygated site for Media24’s lifestyle magazine brand Runner’s World. The site needed to host a 12-week weight-loss…

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Alexandre Coffé
Role & Company: Marketing Director | South African Travellers

I approached LightSpeed because we were looking for a multi tasks website. first of all it has to represent our brand and the quality we try to put in our products, second point was more technical as we needed a portal that allow us to move, up grade and ad…

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David J Cartwright
Role & Company: MD | ATI Holidays

Internet trends and technology change apace, and in a matter of a few short years, our pioneering website was little more than a monolithic, top heavy, cumbersome old site, that had great content and poor imagery and that’s if you could find it! We realised we needed a complete rework…

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Simoni Crause
Role & Company: Online Manager | HOMEMAKERS SA

The post-launch feedback from everyone at HOMEMAKERS and our clients is phenomenal, we’re extremely proud of the outcome of this website. The new site is modern and world-class and we believe that it will generate even more quality leads for our exhibitors. From the onset LightSpeed provided us with personable,…

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Vanessa Ratcliffe
Role & Company: Owner | Southern Destinations

We contracted LightSpeed for the rebuild of our site. The brief included complex adherence to design, SEO and search functionality. The deadline he set was realistic and unlike previous website builds we’ve experienced; they stuck to it. We definitely intend to work with Lightspeed in the future.

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Angela Coetzee
Role & Company: Orbis Foundation

It has been a refreshing experience working with Lightspeed. They are committed to find solutions that suit our organizational needs. What we appreciate most about them is their innovative approach and commitment to excellence.

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Rochelle de Beer
Role & Company: Media24

We are happy with the turnaround time on issues reported and the fact that our emails are acknowledged once received. Lightspeed is also always eager to help and will go the extra mile to learn the process & procedures of Media24.

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Beverly Theobald
Role & Company: ShowMe

Our WordPress site was falling over due to the increase in our traffic. A very capable programming team told us to speak to LightSpeed. Thank Heavens! Within a few days our site was transferred to them and we were running smoothly again, after months of despair.

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Nina Taaibosch

Woo hoo!!! Couldn’t have done it without you guys! It really is awesome! The old site didn’t rank as high. I think the move to WordPress/Lightspeed was definitely the right move! Soooo chuffed!

LightSpeed has provided ongoing MailChimp support to us after initially redesigning our website. They have…

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Garth Johnstone
Role & Company: The Ridge Online

LightSpeed developed our site The Ridge Online (www.theridgeonline.co.za) with input from our side on how we wanted the site to look and how we would communicate with our readers. I found their work to be both creative and clean and tidy.

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Jo Duxbury
Role & Company: Owner | Freelancentral

The LightSpeed team never fails to impress me with their passion, geeky interest in their industry, creativity and most importantly, unparalleled customer service. Nothing is too much trouble for Ashley and his team, who are a pleasure to work with.

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Aaron Roup
Role & Company: Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa

The Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (FISA) has utilized the services of LightSpeed for the past 4 years. At all times, I have found the staff of the company to be highly professional and extremely competent in all their interactions with FISA, and I can highly recommend them to anyone….

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Daily Crank

LightSpeed impressed me with their speed of service, the quality of their work and their regular communication during the project build. I would happily recommend their services.

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Dan Leech
Role & Company: Cape Venture Partners

I had the privilege of mentoring Ashley Shaw on the 2009 VeloCITI business development programme. Under Ashley’s guidance, LightSpeed has established a strong reputation in the market, leading to significant growth in the business.

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Sandra Gordon
Role & Company: Internet Marketing & Social Media Virtual Assistant | Virtually Assist

I am thrilled with the work Ashley and his team at LightSpeed put into creating my website. They fully understood what I needed and designed an extremely professional-looking site.

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Scott Hayes
Role & Company: SA Car Fan

I just thought I’d take time to let you know that I am incredibly impressed by your teams service. I had an unexpected problem with my website after doing some routine updates at 10:30pm at night. After trying to sort things out myself I emailed you guys at 12:25am. To…

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Jennifer Searle
Role & Company: Fairlady Test House

Lightspeed and I recently worked together on the redesign of one my brand’s websites testhouse.fairlady.com. This proved challenging as I had to consult with a number of members on the team and then compile a document which highlighted the look, feel, design and functionality that the team would like from…

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Roger Solomons
Role & Company: Administration and Communications Officer | Jembi Health Systems

Jembi has found the services rendered and working relationship with LightSpeed satisfactory and is pleased with the final product; an improved, more functional and better representative website.

LightSpeed was quick to grasp and help us conceptualise a revamped Jembi website, aimed at better communicating the work we undertake,…

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Angélique Visser
Role & Company: National Councillor | FISA

LightSpeed has been FISA’s IT partner for the last three years. During this period they did not only host the institute’s website, but also developed and enhanced it to suit our changing needs. Their ability to always find solutions for our demands makes them an essential resource to rely on….

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Meet the Tour Operator TeamOur Experts

Anke van Reeth
Designer

Anke is skilled with Photoshop and Sketch and is also proficient in responsive web development, WooCommerce and designing for mobile.

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Ashley Shaw
Chief Executive Officer

As founder and CEO of the company, Ashley’s time is split between generating or nurturing leads around the world, client consultation and managing his team.

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Barbara Kerr-Shaw
Chief Financial Officer

Barbs looks after the financial aspects of our business, account management, office administration, our fabulous team and the resident 6 felines.

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Christian Vancoillie
Systems Engineer

Chris, our systems engineer, is a computer nerd by heart. His main interests are networking, Internet and administration areas of IT.

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Deon Schreiber
Designer

Deon is a designer and all round creative guy. Proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator, he is rapidly adding skills in Sketch to his repertoire.

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Garth Glaum
Project Manager

Garth is LightSpeed’s Project Manager. Garth was a project manager in KwaZulu-Natal for several years, before relocating to Cape Town.

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Ignatius Vermaak
Technical Lead

Iggi develops technical specifications for our WooCommerce projects, manages our developers, handles support requests and ensures an agile workflow.

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Joseph Hart
WordPress Developer

Apart from co-managing our support team, Joe is responsible for general theme and plugin configuration, custom site styling and structural development.

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Virginia Garcia
WordPress Developer

Virginia is a Front End Developer with over 5 years’ experience. She is a Systems Engineer with a passion for WordPress and everything related to it.

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Warwick Booth
WordPress Developer

Warwick is the lead developer at LightSpeed and takes care of any back end work where he works mostly with HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript and SQL.

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