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Wikitravel:Guide for business owners

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__TOC__{{shortcut|[[wbo]]}} '''Welcome, business owners'''. The owners (and loyal employees) of hotels, restaurants, bars, attractions, and other businesses catering to travellers are welcome to share information that helps others in their travels. Everyone is invited to participate in the this guide's development and decision-making. Everyone is also invited to share the information in Wikitravel with whomever they want. Of course, we do have some guidelines, policies, and a few legal requirements that go along with this. Here's a message you can copy and paste on the [[Wikitravel:User page help|talk page]] of business owners: <code><nowiki>Hello! [[Wikitravel:Welcome, newcomers|Welcome]] to [[Wikitravel:About|Wikitravel]].</nowiki> <nowiki>To help get you started contributing, we've created [[Wikitravel:Quick contribution guide| quick contribution guide]] and a [[Wikitravel:Tips for new contributors|tips for new contributors]] page, full of helpful links about [[Wikitravel:policies and guidelines|policies and guidelines]] and [[Wikitravel:Manual of style|style]] as well as some important information on [[Wikitravel:copyleft|copyleft]] and basic stuff like [[Wikitravel:How to edit a page|how to edit a page]].</nowiki> <nowiki>The owners of hotels, restaurants, bars, attractions, and other businesses useful to travellers are [[Wikitravel: Welcome, business owners| welcome]] to share information that helps others in their travels. However, they should adhere strictly to our [[Wikitravel:Don't tout| policies]] and [[Wikitravel: External links| guidance]].</nowiki> <nowiki>If you need help, check out [[Wikitravel:Help]], or post a message in the [[Wikitravel:travellers' pub|travellers' pub]]. -- ~~~~ </nowiki></code> 
[[Image:Stop_advertising_on_cathedrals.png|thumb|upright=1.2|Wikitravel, not unlike cathedrals, is '''not''' for advertising!]]
If you have information that is of real interest to travellers, even if it is about a business that you own or work for, [[Wikitravel:plunge forward|plunge forward]] and [[Wikitravel:How to edit a page|add the information]] to Wikitravel. Find the article for the city or district it is located in, and add it to the appropriate section (See, Do, Buy, Eat, Drink, Sleep). However, Wikitravel has some policies on what is acceptable content:
If you have information that is of interest to travellers—even if it is about a restaurant, hotel, bar, or popular attraction, that you own or work for—* '''[[Wikitravel:plunge forwardDon't tout|plunge forwardDon't tout]] '''. Wikitravel is a site for travellers, not for marketing, and overly promotional and [[WikitravelProject:How to edit a pageBe fair|add the informationunfair]] listings will be removed. This guideline identifies ways for businesses to Wikitravelcontribute constructively. Find the article for the city or district it is located inIn particular, and please do not ever add it to the appropriate section (See, Do, Buy, Eat, Drink, Sleep). Add it only once—for more than one listing for a business - for example, if a hotel has a restaurant and bar, list the hotel under "Sleep" and mention that there is a restaurant and bar.* '''[[Wikitravel:External links|External links]]'''. Wikitravel has strict policies on including external links in articles, as identified in this guideline. In particular, listing third-party booking services and placing links to other travel guides is not allowed.* '''[[Tour|Tour listings]]'''. Many tour listings and most travel agency listings are not appropriate for inclusion on Wikitravel, as described in [[xl|this guideline]].* '''[[Apt|Rental listings]]'''. Rental listings are only appropriate for inclusion on Wikitravel in very specific instances as outlined by this guideline.* '''[[:shared:Image policy#Photos of businesses|Image policy]]'''. In general, photos of businesses should not be included in articles.
Take ===Business listings==={{shortcut|[[wbol]]}}When adding information about a look at business on Wikitravel please use the appropriate [[Wikitravel:Manual of styleListings|our style guidelineslisting tag]] to see how to format and make your listing and descriptions as [[Wikitravel:Words to see the kinds of businesses we'd rather ''not'' include, such avoid|straightforward as third-party booking services and other guides. We want to put travellers in ''direct'' contact with the people they'll be patronizing, and have the information right here on Wikitravel. We also don't use images of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, etcpossible]].
Please make your descriptions as [[Wikitravel:Words to avoid|straightforward as possible]]. The key guideline is: "[[Wikitravel:don't tout|Don't tout.]]" Save the sales pitch and just tell it like it is. You don't have to stick to a dry recitation of facts, but keep in mind that Wikitravellers aren't fools. They'll see through flowery descriptions and effusive praise, and they won't trust it. Any of it. They'll distrust your information, and they'll also start to distrust Wikitravel in general, which isn't good for you or for the rest of us. Using advertisements you have placed elsewhere, or using the word ''our'', or using any of the [[Wikitravel:Words to avoid|words to avoid]] are indicators that you are heading the wrong way.
If you add a link to your business name it should also be mentioned in the text, and the travellers should get what they are expecting if they click through any link you add.
Please try and to use a Wikitravel standard listing format. Look around to see how other good listings are done, and copy their example. You are welcome to mention your business name on your [[Wikitravel:User page help|user page]], but we don't allow user pages to be used for advertising and you should certainly not add [[xl|external links]] to any commercial venture or to other travel guides there - that will immediately mark you out as a tout and may earn you a quick ban.
 Other [[Wikitravel:Wikitravellers|wikitravellers]] are also working on the article trying to make the best travel guide possible. At wikitravelWikitravel, [[the traveller comes first]] and this may mean that your entry may be changed, moved, updated, or entirely removed, all in the interest of giving the traveler traveller the best and most relevant information. If you think any changes are [[Wikitravel:Be fair|unfair]], please discuss them on the Talk discussion page of the article and try to reach consensus.
Contributing quality and useful travel information and working cooperatively will hopefully reflect positively on your business, although there is never a guarantee of a listing or positive review.
On the other hand touting, engaging in [[Wikitravel:Edit war|edit wars]], or changing competitor information will reflect negatively on your business. The community has decided that we are looking for good businesses to appear in our guides, and may decide that your business is not appropriate to list.
===Never remove info on competitors===
 One thing we ask you ''never'' to do is to ''remove'' information about your competitors. Even if they break every rule in the book, don't remove it or edit it yourself. Instead point it out at Talk the discussion page of the Wikitravel article providing a reason for deletion, and only after reaching a consensus there that it was can be done [[Wikitravel:Be fair|fairly]], can it can be removed from the article.
===If your edits are reverted===
 If you your edits are reverted, please feel free to discuss the reasons on the article talk 's discussion page. This is a better place to discuss than directly with the user who did the reversion, because all wikitravellers Wikitravellers interested in the topic can take part in the discussion.
There are a number of reasons that your edit could be reverted including:
* The entry may have been added to multiple articles or multiple sections. Just add it ''once'' to the most appropriate article and section.
* The entry may have had erratic formatting, including excessive use of UPPERCASE. Carefully review syntax in [[Wikitravel:Listings]].
* The entry may be [[the traveller comes first|of little relevance to the travelertraveller]]. Rewrite to make it as helpful for traveler traveller as possible.
* There may just be too many entries of a particular type, and Wikitravel is a guide, [[Wikitravel:Goals_and_non-goals|not a exhaustive directory]]. Entries that comply with our [[Wikitravel:Manual of style|manual of style]], that [[Wikitravel:Don't tout|don't tout]] and that have verifiable contact information, are preferred when the list grows too long.
* If you are adding a tour agency, it may violate our [[Wikitravel:Activity_listings#Tour_listings|policy on tours]].
You ''could'' just add a listing for your business and leave it at that. But we'd love to see you sign up and stick around.
You can share Wikitravel information with others. You can print copies of Wikitravel articles and provide them as city guides to your guests.
==See also==
* [[Wikitravel:Don't tout]]*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, newcomers|Welcome, newcomers]]*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, Wikipedians|Welcome, Wikipedians]]*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, tourism professionals|Welcome, tourism professionals]] 
[[ca:Wikitravel:Benvinguda als propietaris d'establiments]]
[[fr:Wikitravel:Bienvenue aux professionnels]]
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[[ru:Wikitravel:Добро пожаловать, владельцы бизнеса]]
[[sv:Wikitravel:Välkommen, affärsidkare]]

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