FanTravel, a new web-based sales platform designed to turn organisations into travel experts, has just launched a free a service with the aim of offering a fresh approach to group travel. Backed by TUI Travel’s Sport Division, the company leverages expertise in travel, sports, and technology to make organising group travel to sporting events simple.
“Arranging travel for a large group of sports fans is complicated and time consuming,” stated Ben Ireland , General Manager of FanTravel. “Our platform allows all organisations from youth soccer clubs to professional teams to transform themselves into travel experts, develop new revenue streams, and get fans closer to the game.”
By partnering with FanTravel clubs, teams, associations, and organisations receive a personalised website; access to group rates with hotels, transportation, excursions, and tickets; and onsite representation at events. The platform also helps organisations generate new revenue streams and monetise existing inventory such as sideline passes, stadium tours, and exclusive souvenirs. For fans the benefit is simple: one seamless sports travel experience from start to finish.
In addition, FanTravel’s leadership brings a trifecta of expertise in travel, sports, and technology. General Manager Ben Ireland holds extensive experience from multiple travel businesses internationally and honed his operational skills by taking 1,300 English soccer fans to the EURO Championships in Ukraine in 2012. Brian Bulcke , the company’s Co-founder, is a former Stanford University football player and current Canadian Football League player, while Erik Nomitch, Lead Developer and Designer, delivers Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge technology to the travel-sphere.