Travel Booking Solutions Can Extend Your Reach

Travel Booking Solutions Can Extend Your Reach

Today’s travel booking solutions have been designed to automate the sale of multiple travel products and service multiple selling channels. Booking Engines need to be able to serve customers using traditional Business to Business (B2B) tools as well as Business to Consumer (B2C) for those customers who prefer to shop online. These Web based applications are designed to automate processes, increase revenues and reduce time and effort required to complete travel related booking. Many of these online Booking Engine are hosted by a technology provider, however they can be easily customized to maintain a Client’s brand identity and provide a seamless online experience for the end user whether a travel agent or consumer. There are even mobile friendly online booking engines uses innovative responsive technology to optimize the presentation and display for various devices, screen sizes and resolution.

As the world seems to become little smaller and the online marketplace opens up new opportunities internationally, many travel technology providers are designing applications with the flexibility to meet the unique requirements of specific markets. These unique market requirements can vary and include specific requirements such as what information and pricing details are required to be included in the actual display, specific supplier content for the market or the ability to easily handle multiple currencies as well as multiple languages. If you are looking to expand your travel business internationally, you’ll want to consider a travel technology partner familiar with the unique requirements and supplier constraints that many international markets bring. Some have successfully launched their product in many of these markets by working closely with Customers and Suppliers to “localize” the product as well as integrate local content sources such as direct connections with Regional General Sales Agents for cruise lines. These “state of the art” travel booking solutions deliver flexible & fully scalable applications that allow our travel agents to easily grow their business and expand into new markets while maintaining their own unique brand identity.

To serve today’s growing number of consumers using their mobile device to purchase travel products, some travel technology companies are building mobile ready travel booking solutions. Now, regardless of the type of device an agent or consumer uses, solutions are available that will automatically adjust the screen size and layout based on the type of device being used to access the booking engine. Some offer mobile ready applications as part of their existing Booking Engine while some will develop them independently. For example, those travel sellers who prefer to have a dedicated mobile booking App, there are several travel technology companies that can design and develop a custom mobile App for this. Either approach offers consumers the ease and mobility of using a smart phone or tablet

Choosing a travel technology solution with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision in determining your overall success. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer with the travel content they are looking for can be just as important.


Travel Booking Solutions Need To Combine Content

Travel Booking Solutions Need to Combine Content

Travel Booking Solutions have come a long way since the days when airlines first launched computerized reservation systems (CRS) decades ago. Some of the more advanced travel technology solutions available today allow Users to package different travel components such as Airline tickets, Hotel accommodations and even Cruise Vacations together to create their own unique travel experience. Travel Agents have done this manually for years, painstakingly coordinating a Client’s individual flight itinerary with hotel accommodations and ground transfers. The process a travel agent goes through to build a passenger’s complete itinerary has improved over the years as technology has advanced. New content that has become available has created additional choices for consumers and the online revolution has made the internet a key marketplace today. The innovative technology developed in recent years has also played a key role in the design and development of the travel booking engines used today.

Let’s face it, you can purchase just about anything via the internet today and travel is no exception. Whether you are looking to make a reservation with a specific airline, confirm hotel accommodations or make a car reservation, there’s an online booking engine ready to help you just a few clicks away. Even complete Cruise vacations can be easily researched and booked online using one of the many cruise booking engines available today. The online revolution has had a significant impact in how today’s consumers research, shop and purchase travel products today.

And there are more travel choices available than ever before. Everything from low cost airlines to legacy carriers. Full service hotels or rooms for rent via services like Airbnb. Value cruise lines that cater to families or high-end luxury cruise lines geared towards a more discerning adult passengers. And everything in between. Travel booking solutions not only have to offer all these options but also need to include the detailed information that allows both consumers and travel agents to easily understand the various options.

Value or price has been a driving factor for many online sales. However, years ago the best deals were usually found when purchasing a pre-packaged vacation from a traditional Tour Operator. Many of these tour packages came with preset travel dates and combined specific airline itineraries with a limited number of hotels that were available in the program. While many consumers enjoy the ease of purchasing their vacation as a package and at a low price, it wasn’t long before many wanted options.

As Consumer trends changed over the years, more and more customers began to look for travel packages customized to meet their specific needs. This trend led to the development of travel booking solutions offering custom packages as well as the ability for an Agent or Consumer to “dynamically” build their own travel package.

No matter what type of travel you sell, choosing a travel technology solution with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer with the content they are looking for can be just as important.

Find The Right Hotel to Fulfill Your Needs with Hotel Booking Engine

Find The Right Hotel to Fulfill Your Needs with Hotel Booking Engine

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, one of the most important aspects of your travel arrangements will be your hotel accommodations. Unless you know the exact hotel property you want to stay at, this is one part of your travel arrangements when booking with an experienced travel agent can really work in your favor. Many Travel agents know the different hotel properties within a given city and can recommend the right hotel to meet your needs. Some travel agents may have access to special offers or deals and in many cases can get you that special VIP treatment that will make your stay so much more enjoyable. Many of today’s travel agency websites include a hotel booking engine option, allowing their customers to take advantage of all the benefits that booking with a travel agent combined with the ease and accessibility of a using a fully mobile online hotel reservation system.

Savvy travelers recognize that booking with a travel agent may be the key to getting a special rate on a hotel room and possible room upgrade or that special V.I.P. treatment during their stay. The right online hotel booking engine can help your travel agency automate processes, increase revenues and reduce time and effort required for your customers to complete a hotel booking. There are several ways to access hotel content including Global Distribution Systems (aka: GDSs) as well as large hotel aggregators with hotel reservation system interfaces of their own. Finding the content source that is right for your business is an important first step.

Distinguishing your business from the other online travel websites and maintaining your individual brand identity is another consideration. Today’s online booking engines can provide a seamless online experience for customers by using your company header, footer and even colors and fonts to protect your brand identity. Complete private label versions are also supported where the layout can be changed to meet a client’s specific requirements.

Booking with a travel agent is easy when using an online hotel booking engine designed with the capability to search rates and availability at multiple properties in a given location. Detailed hotel and room pictures as well as descriptions of services and amenities are all important pieces of information to include to help decide which is the best hotel selection for a specific customer.

A flexible, online hotel reservation system can allow any size travel agent to compete with the largest online travel agencies while still providing customers the personalized service that booking with a travel agent can offer. Booking with a travel agent makes more sense than ever before and finding one that uses an online booking engine that allows customers to research and book the right hotel room quickly and securely is the key to success.

Whether your customer books directly with a travel agent -or- they prefer to shop and book online using your website, making online hotel bookings easy will allow your travel business to serve them quickly and easily. Finding the right travel technology solution for your travel business is important, finding the right technology partner can be even more important.