are giving agents a new opportunity to earn more commission and a valuable new revenue stream, at a time when commissions are being cut by other industry sectors by introducing apartments worldwide to their large range of existing products.
Agents now have access to OctopusTravel’s full inventory of over 2,000 apartments and villas worldwide, in addition to the 19,000 hotels, and 1,700 sightseeing tours already available across 112 countries.
Ray Mason, Managing Director of OctopusTravel, said “With the latest addition to the OctopusTravel booking system, OctopusTravel is showing its commitment to the constant development of booking systems for agents. We really do encourage travel agents to make use of the Internet, combine it with good old fashioned customer service and give customers a good reason to continue visiting high street agents.”
All apartments, hotels and sightseeing tours show real time availability and offer instant confirmation for bookings. As soon as a booking is paid for, a voucher can be printed from the site - which the customer can present on check in at the apartment, hotel or tour.
Apartments featured on the website have full independent reports, images, detailed layouts, floorplans and maps available online giving an unbiased view of exactly what customers can expect on arrival. Comprehensive additional information provided includes key extras such as pick-up points and driving directions from the nearest airport. Clients even have the option of requesting specific facilities such as swimming pools, pets welcome and golf nearby.
Besides booking accommodation, reservations can also be made for over 1,700 tours and excursions around the world in a matter of minutes, simply with a few clicks of a mouse. Agents can give customers a detailed description of everything available at a destination, details of meeting points, the languages a tour is available in, and the times and the duration of each trip. And for many tours, the customer can see maps and flash graphics of the route.
OctopusTravel continues to offer the best choice, service and prices on the web for travel agents booking accommodation and sightseeing. As with existing services, agents will receive 10% commission on all bookings made through the new apartments booking system. And, with OctopusTravel’s custom designed system, agents are guided through the booking process easily and clearly.