With August just hours away and thoughts of vacation on everyone’s mind this last Friday in July, it seemed appropriate to review a low-cost business concept with a vacation state of mind.
Originating in France in the Middle Ages, the term concierge referred to the trusted employee who held the keys to rooms in the castle or estate. “Keeper of the keys” is an excellent visual for today’s Concierge Industry, which has expanded to include servicing every facet of a customer’s home, social and work lives.
Although the term Vacation Concierge may be new, services provided to tourists have always been in demand and well compensated. In major cities and vacation resort areas around the globe, there are companies that cater to tourists who want to get as much from their vacation time as possible.
There is always a special cache in being guided by locals who are in the business of helping visitors find those hidden places that make regional vacation spots extra special.
Those are the kinds of experiences that keep people coming back time and again and that create a favorite destination.