Why an online payment system
Because a recent feasibility study financed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and conducted by Reef Support BV on Bonaire, Curacao and Sint Maarten about how tourists use Internet to plan their vacations, shows that as much as 91% of the tourists use Internet to buy their ticket, pay or reserve their accommodation, pay or reserve their rental car or reserve their marine recreation package.
Those results clearly show a new trend in buying tourism related products that was simply non-existent in early nineties when marine parks users fees started being more popular.
Grow your income, grow a database
Reef Support is a simple, robust, flexible, and customizable tool to sell your marine park fee to your visitors.
It offers you not only a safe way to receive money but also access to an ever-growing database of your customers, a unique ticketing system and the possibility to generate customizable financial reports.
What Reef Support users say:
As an MPA or resource manager in Latin America, I have learned that financial income and/or financial management tools are one of the biggest challenges we face today. Luckily, technological advances and global connectivity are available to most of us, even while in the field, enabling better control and making us capable of reaching a far greater public whom are willing to support MPAs either or not they actually visit them. The future of MPA management is here, thanks to Reef Support for making this possible.
We are very excited to use this new and innovative user fee system developed by Reef Support. Through the use of an online user fee system we are now able to streamline the purchase of fees by visitors to St. Maarten’s Man of War Shoal MPA and make the process of collecting fees and verifying purchases more efficient. Using the e-user fee system is the wave of the future in ensuring that MPA management organizations are able to efficiently and effectively manage the collection of user fees for the resource they manage.
In the age of online use, this tool falls within the realm of practicality and convenience. Deciding to use the tool here in Jamaica was a major step for our protected area based in Ocho Rios. We use this tool as a method to streamline persons who want to visit, interact, learn from the community about the sea, and make a contribution! Every dime helps in marine protected area management and giving online users the ability to donate to a cause without much hassle is a great initiative. For us, deciding to use this tool to ramp up Eco-tourism was easy and we’re looking forward to implementing this with our sponsors and other small to medium business owners so that they can also play a part in conservation.
With virtually no effort for CARIBSS, adopting the Reef Support Online Paying System ended many hours of frustration to our society and individual members dealing with international bank transfers and other forms of payment to collect membership fee. At the same time, Reef Support users fee payment system makes our internal administration much easier and cheaper by reducing enormously the amount of time needed to obtain and keep records while avoiding expensive bank fees.