Thank you guys for for insights. I do really appreciate your efforts. As there’s been some over-interpretation I’ll let myself outline the broader context.
I live in the European city with the cultural and historical heritage visited by 10M tourists annually. There’s a lot of ways to experience it. And as you can imagine there are people offering different stuff everywhere. So in case you’ve decided to see something really important, such as Nazi concentration camp - you eventually buy it on the street or online. Both options are usually overpriced and already include commission (20% in Viator, even more with local resellers). And this is where you look at the table in your room to see the same tour in a lower price offered by someone you’ve already trusted. Hand-picked attractions, curated by the locals, best quality and prices.
The experience I’m having in mind is when you’re in the restaurant, just finished your meal and the waiter, while clearing your plates away says:
- Hey, in case you were thinking about a desert we’re having an amazing lemon tart today.
…and leaves it like this
No intrusive, pushy - he just lets you know, shows you the option with regard to the context.
The game would have clear rules. Guests already pay commission wherever they buy attractions (as this is how channel sales works). You as a host are in a privileged position to be some sort of ambassador for the person in the foreign country/city. So, obviously you should be independent and objective. And it should be disclosed you get commission for the sale, but as this is not your primary business your commission could be lower than anywhere else, thus the final price would be better for the guest. A see this as a win-win situation.
Having an extra income just exposing to the quality products, based on clear rules and within the context doesn’t make you a “criminals trying to sell you drugs and little girl” or “petty thieves”.
Thank you again for your time.
I believe it’s spelled “leech”.