Tours By Design of Hinckley, New York announced that a new website went on line July 6. The mobile responsive website will make it much easier for visitors to read their information on line when using their tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices.
Tours By Design President Carol Hamlin Buczek, CTIS worked with another local company to create the refurbished site. Buczek says “we put the project out to bid last year to a few companies and chose Mohawk Valley GIS for the work”. MVGIS is located in Utica and is owned by Linda Rockwood.
The website, www.toursbydesign.org features upcoming public tours that are open to individuals, tells a little bit about the company, has photos of recent trips, and testimonials from travelers. There is also a link to the Tours By Design Facebook page and a page dedicated to trips already set up for pre-formed groups but that are open to the public.
Buczek thought it was important to identify some of the reasons why travelers should know a little about the company and the person behind it. “Many small tour companies have come and gone in our area over recent years. Tours By Design was founded by me in 2002 making this our 14th year of business. And I had six years of group tour operator experience before that working for another company. We are not a fly-by-night, or just someone offering tours for fun on-the-side. We have experience, knowledge, education and are dedicated to offering quality services” Buczek says. Tours By Design is a member of the American Bus Association (ABA) and is fully insured as a tour operator.
The majority of the business is dedicated to customizing trips for pre-formed groups but there are some tours offered for individuals. Tours By Design also buys into extended tours through other larger companies. In recent years these trips have included Ireland, Alaska, and next month a trip out west to include Yellowstone National Park. There is a link on the website to a number of Guaranteed Departure trips offered through the TAP program and these are open for individual reservations as well. Buczek offers these guaranteed departures thanks to her membership in the ABA. Tours By Design is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm.
When choosing a company to create the new website Buczek says “It was important to me to work with a local business, and one that is also a member of a Chamber of Commerce that I belong to”. Tours By Design and MVGIS are both members of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce. Tours By Design also belongs to the Rome Chamber and Trenton Chamber, and MVGIS to the Greater Utica Chamber. Both companies are also members of the Mohawk Valley Business Womens Network. “We join these organizations for many reasons and one of them is to do business within the membership, members helping members is what it’s all about” according to Buczek.
The new website was partially funded by grants awarded to Tours By Design in 2015 by the Trenton Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley. “I’m very grateful to both of these organizations for the financial assistance and helping us update our website and give us a greater online presence” Buczek says.