Travel Extras Reports Increased Business In 2001.

Bookings across the Travel Extras Web site have hit the 40,000 mark since going online with TravelOptions last December.
Powered by TravelOptions - one of the UK`s fastest-growing tour operator systems providers - the site offers real-time bookings on car rental in 5000 destinations worldwide, together with a host of other products including accommodation, insurance and car parking.

According to Travel Extras, its site has already handled over £6m worth of bookings since launch. Reservations are passed seamlessly into Travel Extras` back-office system, also provided by TravelOptions, resulting in a dramatic improvement in booking and administration times.

Because TravelOptions runs over a PC server there is no need for a high-cost, high-maintenance server. As a result, the operator`s in-house system can operate across up to 200 individual PCs or dumb terminals at speeds faster than more expensive products. Furthermore, the system`s flexibility makes possible both direct and commissionable travel agency bookings.

Travel Extras is the latest company to be web-enabled by TravelOptions. Other companies harnessing the supplier`s systems include Shortbreaks, SkiWorld, Cottages to Castles, Teletickets and the Independent Holiday Company.

Said Travel Extras` managing director Adrian Duthie: “With online bookings now accounting for 55% of our business, choosing TravelOptions to power our website was clearly a good decision. The system is fast, reliable and, above all, flexible, allowing us to sell a wider range of products online. We look forward to seeing online bookings break all records over coming months.”


Commented TravelOptions` marketing director Tim Argent: “The success of Travel Extras` website confirms TravelOptions` position as the most-affordable and productive route to the web for travel providers. Not only can the solution handle a large volume of bookings, it also means providers can offer an unrivalled range of products to the trade and consumers alike.”

Based in London, TravelOptions` management has a wealth of experience gained with some of the UK`s top tour operators. The company also believes its customer offering is distinguished by its service, including free consultancy, training and support on all systems.