1. Why do some companies ask a price for device and you ask a price per person?
Some virtual Bible tours ask a price per device and not per person like us. But they allow the connection of 100 120 devices for each virtual tour, we do not do that.
Someone else do tours donation based, with 200, 500, 900 or more devices, and is all tax free.
We prefer to earn much less and to protect the quality and the possibility for everyone connected to participate at the end of the tour. That's why we allow maximum 50 - 60 connections in each virtual tour.
2. Why in some countries of North America and Europe, Bible Tours are "free" (often is anyway requested a suggested contribution) and in others like Italy, France or Greece is requested a fix price of a fee as for example in your Virtual tours?
The taxes and laws are different in each country.
In our country from the fee we receive, for any real or virtual tour, we must pay:
1. paypal fees for every single transaction, which are quite high
2. Inps italian tax, regardless the tours you do or you do not do, it remains the same: (for each tour guide are 3.500 euro per year)
3. Tax consultant 1000 euro per year
4. And from the money that remains, another 30% of other mandatory taxes. We do a regular tax receipt for any virtual or real Bible tour.
5. Zoom account
6. Copyright every year for our logo and the domain of our website
7. One person who works every day just answering hundreds email. Each brother, on an average statistic, before booking, send 15-20 emails. Someone even 25-30 emails or more.
Even if in the 70% of cases, the things about what brothers ask, are on the website!
8. A small salary for the tour guide who give the tour.
9. Endless hours of hard work by many different brothers and sisters in doing, preparing, adjusting and costantly reviewing, each real or virtual Bible tour and their references! We are one of the few companies or maybe the only one who gives references at the end of each tour!
Moreover in Italy, France or Greece it is illegal to work as tour guide without having the government license, which is like a university specific degrees. In the countries with a lot of history this job requires many skills and endless training.
You can not guide brothers inside a museum or inside an historical site, just having an informal training from someone and asking a free contribution. Is not allowed by the law! If the city police or someone of the tourism department stops you, you can be fined with a very big price!
That's why all our brothers and sisters of the crew are licensed tour guides and tour leaders! Is not their hobby.
3. Why don't you make it free also for the commuters and regular pioneers?
We cannot give all pioneer a discount. We have decided to make an exception for those who did ' vow of poverty' and who cannot work. Those who live on just the small donation they receive from the organization. However, regular pioneers and commuters do work earn money and pay taxes. We deeply appreciate their effort because we too have families and have all been pioneers for many years.
However we would sincerely like all the brothers from abroad to participate in the vertual tours. While we are aware that 6 euro could be an important amount for some because of currency exchange, It is also a fact that in most countries it is the price of one or two coffees.
(In case of any dire economic discomfort, let us know at the time of booking and we will evaluate each request.That is regardless of the privileges one has in the congregation)
4. Why don't you make the same discount for the brothers and sisters in the special full time service, also for the real tours?
We have given much thought to this, but unfortunately, we incur a lot of extra costs for the real tours.
We therefore cannot give discounts.
For one thing, the groups are always small and much working time and costs is put into these.
Thanks again for putting yourselves in our shoes for a short while.
May each one, when have the possibility to travel abroad, be guided by Luke 14:28.
With love and respect
Your brothers from Rome