We have hit the road with Big Five TV! Yes, we launched Live on Location, a weekly stream that takes you to destinations such as Costa Rica, Egypt, Peru, Colombia and Argentina, bringing you real-time views of what is happening as countries continue to reopen borders to tourism.
The channel is proving very popular as it continues to break new ground and is now affiliated on Twitch.
“The exciting part of these real-time broadcasts to me are that they are unfiltered. Anything can happen and there is no bias or slant on what we are showing,” said Ashish Sanghrajka, Big Five president. “We have experienced issues from the internet cutting out to an unexpected encounter with a street protest, to a road being closed unexpectedly. Good or bad, we want to show the reality so our travel advisors can accurately talk to their clients about the situation on ground. Webinars can’t do that, live TV can.”
While Sanghrajka was traveling in Ecuador, Big Five TV achieved a first – a live broadcast from Ecuador in three locations simultaneously – Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano, the San Marcos area representing the lesser known area of Quito, and from Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. With three locations presented during one broadcast, viewers gained valuable insights into various aspects of the country’s reopening efforts, including impromptu hotel inspections at two prominent hotels Big Five uses in Quito. During the live presentation, the host was able to answer questions about the current Covid entry requirements, what restaurants are open or closed and much more. Viewers also saw Big Five’s hygiene protocols in action, as well as enjoying a glimpse at daily life in each location.
Each broadcast is presented by on-ground managers or guides who take you on walks along the streets and into local restaurants and other favorite hidden gems. The interactive broadcasts are intended to showcase the places, activities and people as countries reopen borders to international travelers again. The broadcasts have a chat feature that allows you to ask questions in real time. For example, a recent Peru broadcast went inside a famous art hotel based on a request in live chat.
Big Five presents Live on Location on Twitch, Tuesdays at 2:00 pm EST, every week in addition to programming presented every Thursday. Viewers can subscribe to our Big Five TV channel, www.twitch.tv/bigfivetv.