Japan Scalers : Scaling Arigato Travel with Elizabeth Anne Kyle

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This is a very special episode of the Scaling Japan Podcast. It will be our first of many episodes on Japan Scalers. In this series, we will only interview guests who have surpassed 100 million yen in revenue annually. We have many interesting guests lined up for the upcoming episode, so make sure to follow us on social media and stay up to date with the podcast. In this third episode, Elizabeth Anne Kyle shares her journey of growing Arigato Travel from its humble beginnings as a cooking class to becoming an prominent inbound tourism company in Japan. Having a company that has trained more than 500 guides and is the #1 Culinary Tours Company in Japan, she reflects on her experiences as a solopreneur and how her vision turned into a successful tourism business. Join us as we delve into Elizabeth’s story to discover how she turned her passion into a successful venture, enriching guests’ experiences with profound and unforgettable experiences.

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Show Notes

00:00: Introduction
03:59 Target market & competitive advantage
07:56 Stage 1
12:28 : Challenges & Solution in Stage 1
19:33 : Advantages for a foreigner in Stage 1
32:41 Adapting your personality to the business
34:47 Stage 2 (Going from food tour to full plan inbound)
40:51 Importance of a good Internship program for a business
44:15 Having good accounting in Stage 2
49:10 Challenges during the pandemic
54:51 How to maintain service quality as you scale
57:42 What’s next for Arigato Travel?

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