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Today’s online technology solutions need to be fast, easy to use and flexible.  With so many competitors offering so many special deals, your online booking solution needs to provide an easy and efficient way for you to manage the various special pricing or value add offers in order for your business to remain competitive.  Sometimes this requires that you use an XML booking engine that will allow you the ability to customize the application as you choose. An XML booking engine can provide fast and easy access to content such as live schedules, availability, and pricing for hundreds of airlines.  Some of the more sophisticated include the ability to easily define pre-set business rules to help you manage specific products’ content source as well as adjust a selling price or include any value add offers.  Some of today’s online booking engines allow Users to build a package shell to be…

There are so many different types of travel content available and so many different travel technology solutions available that it is difficult to know which the best fit is for your company.  While one booking engine may have the great functionality and the features you need, it may not have the content your clients are looking for.  On the other hand, you may find a travel booking solution with the perfect content for your clients but then discover that it is missing the functionality and features your business needs. For your content source, you may want to consider different sources for different product types.  For example, if you sell multiple products such as Cruise, Air, and Hotel, you may want your technology solution to access cruise content using one source, but look to use a totally different connection for your airline bookings and perhaps another source for booking a hotel. …

The travel agent software currently available in the market includes fast and easy to use applications that can help your travel agency reduce the amount of time it takes to research and complete a travel booking. Today’s travel technology solutions provide quick, live access to multiple types of supplier content such as airlines, cruise lines and hotels to ensure the most up to date availability and pricing is used. For Leisure agents, especially those selling complete cruise vacation packages, combining the different travel elements can be challenging as well as time-consuming. Airports and flight arrival times need to be coordinated with cruise departure ports and passenger embarkation times. Travel time and options between airports and cruise ports can vary greatly, further complicating the process. And with the majority of cruise passengers requiring a flight to get to their cruise departure, an airline booking engine can be an important component of…

Travel booking solutions should streamline the sales process and reduce the amount of time it takes your agency to train new agents to allow them to focus on selling faster.  Packaging options can allow travel agents to price multiple products, easily bundle them into a package and sell them online. Here is where an easy to use standalone hotel booking engine can be an excellent tool for agents or consumers to research and confirm hotel reservations. Create your own pre-packaged offers for your customers that include not only their airline arrangements but their hotel accommodations, transfers, and even cruise vacations as well.  For those looking to design and create their own custom packages, dynamic packaging solutions allow both agents and consumers to package and price cruises, flights, hotels, and other travel products in real-time.  How your travel agency decides to integrate hotel accommodations into the products offered depends on your…

Most airline booking software can provide “live” connectivity with airlines so that the most up to date pricing and availability are used. Some air booking engines even have the ability to search multiple content sources simultaneously for the best price, allowing agency owners the ability to combine their own content with content from other sources. Many travel agents look for an online booking engine that allows them to customize the branding such as headers, footers and style sheets to reflect their agency’s unique identity and provide a seamless online experience for their customers shopping online. So many of today’s airfares come with specific rules attached to them that choosing the right fare can be confusing.  Some fare rules are important for Consumers to be aware of such as the ability to change their itinerary, class of service or receive a refund on their ticket.  While other fare rules may only…

Have you ever wondered why some travel agents are so successful selling hotel accommodations to their clients while others don’t bother at all?  The right hotel reservation software can help your business increase hotel bookings as part of your overall sales.  An easy to use hotel booking engine can be an excellent tool for agents and consumers to research and confirm hotel reservations.  Travel booking engines should be designed to automate processes and reduce the time and effort required to research and completes a booking. But how do you know what type of booking solution to choose with everything from generic, white-label hotel booking engines readily available to complete private label travel booking solutions that meet your agency’s specific requirements? Any online application needs to provide your users with a seamless online experience based on your specific agency branding.  The booking engine’s headers, footers, colors, and fonts should all match…

If you are not selling cruises today, you may be missing out on a huge opportunity to earn high commissions in a rapidly expanding sector of travel.  The cruise industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30+ million travelers expected to cruise, making it and the fastest-growing segment in the travel, tourism and leisure industry.  While the traditionally strong in the North America market, cruising has become increasingly popular in Europe and Australia as well as across the entire Asia Pacific region.   Cruising in the Asia market has been surging ahead with passenger numbers doubling over the past four years to over 3 million.  Unfortunately, regional travel agents have been missing out on the wave of sales revenue due to a lack of automation, a scenario that has recently begun to change. The ability to quickly and easily combine cruise booking software with flight reservations…