I would be grateful if anyone could shed any light on if I will need a business visa or if an esta is OK for my travel to the usa.
So I run a tour operator in the uk, we are setting up a number of trips to the usa this year, ranging from 8 to 15 days in length. We advertise offering places on our trips to people within the uk, all monies taken are to our uk bank account and all of us get paid in the uk.
We accompany our guest on the trips as "tour managers", we hire local guides, drivers and suppliers in general from the countries we visit.
We make no money while in the countries, the financial side of things is dealt with before hand in the uk. The vast majority of money we do make goes into the local economy, hotels, restaurants, sights, coach rental, flights etc.
I would be grateful of any help.