Iles Tours - Bouncing back from COVID-19

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Project by Alexander Iles

Iles Tours - Bouncing back from COVID-19

Alexander Iles profile

Project by Alexander Iles


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The global pandemic has had a massive impact on our business and we need your help to look after our future and to bounce back!

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Any additional funding above our target will help Iles Tours to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic better positioned to provide tours that people never forget.  For example, this would allow us to attend national and international tourism trade events that will build connections worldwide and promote the region further afield. 

What is Iles Tours? 

Iles Tours is a UK tour company that brings amazing places to life with unforgettable walking tours. At least, that’s the short version. In 2013 Alexander Iles set Iles Tours up in 2013 because of a love of North East England and a desire to help people discover it. 

Every year Iles Tours brings the North East to life for hundreds of visitors, locals and corporate groups who join our tours. In December 2019 Visit Britain sent out an email to the tourism industry stating: 'Forecasts from VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, indicate that 2020 is set to be a record year for inbound tourism to the UK.'  As you can understand, I was very excited about this and prepared accordingly, but of course, that did not happen!

The Global COVID-19 pandemic has touched every industry in Britain and affected every single one of us. Since the lockdown started Iles Tours has gone into action, refunding customers and reassuring travellers of our commitment to maintaining safety. COVID-19 will affect the whole of 2020 and tourism will not return to normal this year. As a small business, this has impacted Iles Tours and put the company's long term survival into question.

How can you help? 
Thankfully Crowdfunder has started the 'pay it forward campaign'. With this campaign, you are able to donate to the business now, with the promise that you can redeem one of our rewards at a future date. For Iles Tours, this will be once lockdown has been relaxed and we are allowed to deliver tours in line with social distancing measures. We are already talking to both the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Visit Britain as to the best practice to protect our customers and our guides.

We have a number of rewards for backers from short one-hour tours through to half-day and full-day offers, that allows you to discover and learn (or Larn if you're a Geordie) about the North East of England and see it as you have never seen it before. Our Crowdfunding exclusive offers are discounted from our usual prices and most have a unique add-on so each reward is something particularly special. You are helping Iles Tours and we want to say a massive thank you for your help and support! 

After this is over we want to return stronger, with a commitment to providing the best tours and activities in the safest and most enjoyable way. Our love for this region has not diminished in lockdown, only grown stronger! When this is over we want to grow and continue to bring people into our region, build our business and show the North East to the world. We are asking you to back this Crowdfunder now so that this vision can continue to grow. 

Please support our vision to show this region to the world, share our campaign with friends and give what you feel you are able to during this time.

Thank you and stay safe and well,
Alexander Iles.

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