Posted: 02 December 2014 Updated: 16 December 2017
Cairo tourism, business for a photographer
Hotels need wall hangings
The wall hangings could be photos of
Local places to visit
Non-local places to visit in Egypt
Food from local restaurants
Clothing from local stores
Any object that could be purchased
Anything that would require a tour guide or the explanation of an expert or the sale of an entry ticket
Photos of such things would be subtle advertisements for those products and services
The photos should capture the customer’s interest and cause him/her to ask the hotel staff, “How do I visit this location?” or “What is this food and where can I eat it?”
Then the hotel has the opportunity to make a referral sale
All of the photos would depict existing relationships between the hotel and other retailers.
If the photo represents a tourist destination, then the hotel must have at least one existing relationship with a tour guide that can provide an excellent tour of the place
Alternatively, some destinations do not require a tour guide, but do require transportation. Therefore, the hotel must have relationships with clean, reliable, honest transportation companies, such as taxi drivers
If the photo shows food, clothing, or another object, then it is from a specific restaurant, shop, or artisan. Therefore, the hotel would have a relationship with those locations.
All referral sales would generate a commission for the hotel.
Furthermore, the photos would be artistic quality, limited quantity, framed, signed, numbered, authenticated, have a placard, and the customer could purchase the specific wall hanging.
The price would be non-trivial: it would reflect the price of a limited edition artistic print.
If the customer enjoyed their visit to the place in the photo, then they would have an emotional reaction to the photo that would increase their willingness to purchase it from the hotel.
The hotel would have already purchased it; therefore the sale would be pure profit for the hotel.
The hotel would have an existing relationship with a packer/shipper of delicate objects and could
Give the wall hanging to the buyer
Give the wall hanging to the buyer and give directions to the shop that can properly pack, and ship, the wall hanging
Arrange to pack and ship the wall hanging as part of the purchase
Photos of non-local destinations are opportunities for multiple types of referrals
Refer to a travel agency that will arrange one-stop shopping for travel, lodging, and tour guide
Refer to specific services near the destination: lodging, tour guide, taxi
Refer to tour guide that includes transportation to/from the destination
Refer to transportation service to the destination
Archive quality photographic prints
Authentication service and certificate issuing
Archive quality framing
Packing and shipping of wall hangings
Other transportation services? Airlines? Boats?
Clothing retailer or tailor
Shipping purchased products to foreign countries
Time to ship (airborne vs. not)
Affiliation with different business and people
I only want to affiliate with those who I believe meet specific standards
Honesty (not ripping people off, changing prices, changing terms of the deal, etc.)
Stability (taking a picture of restaurant that fails is useless)
Experience should promote the sale of my work
How to authenticate a work
Preventing hotels from unauthorized duplication of my work