Leisure Group Travel profiles Harvard Tour. They recently sat down with our CEO Dan Andrew to pick his brain about how to make it in the tourism industry. Like many travel businesses, our story is unique and fun – here’s the link to the full article.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Leisure Group Travel: How did you get started in the business?
Dan: I was attending Harvard and my favorite thing to do at school was to give tours of the university to tourists. A lot of people don’t realize it, but Harvard is by some accounts the second- or third-most-visited location in Boston by tourists next to Faneuil Hall and Fenway Park. There’s a huge group of people who want to visit Harvard for leisure purposes, not because they’re applying to the school. I spent a summer working at Harvard running the freshman orientation for prospective students in the summer of 2005 and I noticed that Harvard ran very few, if any, tours for visitors during the summer, the peak time for visitors. So, basically, if you were a visitor in the summertime, there’s a good chance that there would be no tour for you to take, which is crazy. So in the summer of 2006 I quit my job with the information office and went out to the middle of Harvard Square and started conducting a really off-beat, funny tour of campus. The goal from day one was just to be honest, to be entertaining and give people something to laugh about. They were there to see Harvard, but it gets boring pretty quick if you don’t really keep people entertained with history and stories.