Gay Specialist Offers Agents Web Bookings with TravelOptions

10th Jul 2002

Top gay holiday operator Respect Holidays
has announced it will offer travel agents commissionable online bookings following the launch of a fully-bookable website powered by Traveloptions

Respect`s decision to create an agents` extranet follows the unveiling last month of real-time web bookings for consumers on its TravelOptions-powered site,
which already account for 15% of its business. The site offers Respect`s web customers live online reservations on packages to the company`s top four destinations Gran Canaria, Mykonos, Ibiza and Sitges.

Respect is the latest operator to offer live web bookings using TravelOptions` solution and follows providers including TravelExtras, the Holiday Store and Teletickets Flights.

Respect`s managing director Rob Harkavy commented: “Web bookings are forming an increasingly important part of our business. By offering customers a reliable and enjoyable online experience, TravelOptions` solution is allowing us to expand our e-commerce offering and gain a clear competitive edge in the fast-growing online gay travel market.”

TravelOptions` marketing director Tim Argent commented: “Online bookings offer operators a quick, low-maintenance and affordable route to significantly increased sales. With our customers seeing as much as 60% of their business coming from online bookings, Respect`s initial success is a sign of even greater things to come.”


TravelOptions` web-enabling solution delivers operators a total online bookings package for a single payment and a negotiable fee for each booking made, rather than a costly annual licence.

The flexibility of TravelOptions` breakthrough allows operators to convert their existing website into a fully bookable online travel store with bookings passed into their TravelOptions back-office system, without the need for costly server hardware. As a result, operators can offer both direct and commissionable agency bookings online at a fraction of the cost of a bespoke web solution.

Related stories on ITN:

(02/07/2002) TravelOptions Behind Web Bookings Surge for Travel Extras

(26/06/2002) Orbitz Delivers Micro-Site for Gay & Lesbian Travellers



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