4oceans Launches Agent Booking Portal With Free Trial

A new booking portal for agents has been launched
by online travel reservations specialist, 4oceans
, allowing free access for
up to 30 days to the company`s worldwide portfolio of hotels.

Aimed at 10,000 agents worldwide, 4oceans is waiving its annual £99
subscription fee for 30 days for users to orientate themselves with the
easy-to-use Internet distribution platform for hotel searches and bookings.
Commissions from bookings made during this trial period are still payable
from hotels.

The service will also give non-GDS agents GDS capability with access to
50,000 hotels worldwide via a Pegasus link, as well as real time bookings
with instant confirmations, a commission reporting facility, last minute
promotional rates and negotiated rate capabilities.

After the 30-day trial period expires, there is an option to subscribe to
the platform for 12 months or simply let the membership lapse.

Agents can browse the portal and search for hotels, rates and availability
without signing-up but only members can make bookings.


The move is aimed to address any concerns agents have about undertaking a
significant financial or time investment in web technology during the
current industry climate by minimising operational costs.

David Yates, 4oceans Managing Director, said: “The offer provides agents
with a low-risk market entry into a high growth revenue sector. It does not
matter how often they browse during the 30-day trial period, if a booking is
made an effective return will be gained on their investment.

“There are no catches, no booking fees, no hassle: just an easy to use agent
hotel booking system.  The 30-day trial allows agents to put Internet
business to the test, assess their return and make an informed decision on
whether to take-up the £99 per annum membership.”

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