How Does People First Tourism Work?

Travelers interested in supporting local economies and people, while also having meaningful tourism experiences, can register on this site and search for providers based on geographic location or type of activity. Once a desirable provider or product is identified, travelers can fill out a reservation inquiry that is submitted via SMS to the entrepreneur's cell phone. The travelers will receive an email answer some time later from the entrepreneur confirming availability or declining the reservation.

Please note that most entrepreneurs listed in this marketplace do not have a business infrastructure, and may as a result take some time to check their messages and respond. Once travelers receive confirmation of the reservation, they are prompted to pre-pay for the service through PayPal. If the offer has been declined, travelers may choose another time and send another reservation request. Travelers are encouraged to save the reservation confirmation and to show it to the entrepreneur.

This four-step process was designed in consultation with micro-entrepreneurs to maximize their ability to be involved in selling tourism services despite their unreliable access to communications and their complex schedules.


How P1T Works

Travelers interested in supporting local economies and people, while also having meaningful tourism experiences, can register on this site and search for providers based on geographic location or type of activity. Once a desirable provider or product is identified, travelers can fill out a reservation inquiry that is submitted via SMS to the entrepreneur's cell phone. The travelers will receive an email answer some time later from the entrepreneur confirming availability or declining the reservation.

Please note that most entrepreneurs listed in this marketplace do not have a business infrastructure, and may as a result take some time to check their messages and respond. Once travelers receive confirmation of the reservation, they are prompted to pre-pay for the service through PayPal. If the offer has been declined, travelers may choose another time and send another reservation request. Travelers are encouraged to save the reservation confirmation and to show it to the entrepreneur.

This four-step process was designed in consultation with micro-entrepreneurs to maximize their ability to be involved in selling tourism services despite their unreliable access to communications and their complex schedules.