Travel companies are to be able to slash booking times and dramatically reduce administrative costs when selling dynamically-packaged breaks, following the launch of TravelOptions’ new second-generation operator system at Travel Technology Show 2005.
The technology, unveiled at the event, allows companies to search and book holiday components all within one system, removing the need for operators to source product from other suppliers’ systems and websites.
Tour operators and other companies taking the new system will be able to sell flights from millions of charter and scheduled airlines and over 30 low-cost carriers. Accommodation is sourced through transparent XML links to suppliers including Barceló Hotels & Resorts, which offers 28,000 rooms in 16 countries, and Miki Travel, one of Europe’s largest bed brokers.
Michael Johnson, TravelOptions managing director said: “Dynamic packaging is the phrase on everyone’s lips at this year’s Travel Technology Show, but it’s crucial companies consider fully the practical impact that selling separate components will have on their business.
“Operators and agents can end up facing a wall of administration, spending time using links to different systems to source components at the best prices and then going back to those suppliers systems to confirm bookings. Our solution addresses these issues by bringing the entire dynamic packaging process into one space.”
A new Windows-style interface will ensure navigation is intuitive for users, and reduce the traditional training time required for new team members. The TravelOptions’ system is ADO.net compliant, allowing users to create management reports at touch of a button.