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Travel Portal Development – 2014 & Beyond

Travel Portal Development

The coming year would be memorable for Travel portal development. The travel technology companies are constantly working towards bringing about new solution for the travel agencies and the travel management companies. Latest survey found that today, less than 30 percent of flights are booked with OTAs. Many travelers, however, expressed an overall willingness to book more often through third-party providers in the future.

• 46% of travelers said they’d be more willing to book with an OTA if they were assured that they would automatically be re-booked on another flight if their original flight was cancelled.
• 42% said they’d be more likely to book if OTAs made it easier to manage their itineraries (on mobile or Web) on the day they travel.
• 37% said that better discounts on hotels and car rentals would make them more likely to buy from an OTA.

Travel portal development, is a buzz word – which all the travel agencies very much aware. Almost all the leading travel companies are actually going online and converting the business process as of an OTA. Few are getting the portal done internally with in-house team and rest all are actually getting it done through professional travel portal development companies.

Travel Portal has gone way ahead in online business travel management solution.
With centralized content management and communication platform that enables b2b and b2c agents and customers to access dynamic content and travel tools from a single source. With this leading business travel solution, travel agents will appreciate how easy it is to manage all their travel business from one, integrated point of entry. Travel portal in 2014 , provides access to customisable online booking services for different agents and thus allowing them to expand their horizon and increase individual revenue. Additional features include location specific content and the ability to reserve seats for 72 hours. At the same time, you can strengthen your brand, enhance customer service and improve business performance because of low ongoing portal maintenance.

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Travel Portal Development

Travel Portal Development

Travel Portal Development Service

Over the last five years, more and more businesses have gone online. Travel technology has changed the way, people used to search and book travel deals. Today, travel agents are able to access global travel inventory on a click of a button. Global distribution systems and consolidators are connecting to global travel deals providers and bring the data under a common channel. Travel portal development companies are accessing the same information through the web services and building the top travel portals offering the best deals.

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Travel portal is a comprehensive web-based online booking engine, designed specifically for travel agencies and hospitality business. The travel software platform you choose should have the following features:

GDS Connectivity: A leading travel software will provide the best deals, because of the connect with the GDS providers. Any travel portal pulls the inventory from these global distribution systems. So connection to a primary GDS is a must.

XML / API Integration: There are several principal aggregators, which provide best in class inventory for hotels and cars. Travel software must be connected to these for better rates and extensive inventory.

Travel Portal Development Company

Travel Portal Development Company

CMS – Content management system should be user-friendly with a simple, easy to use admin interface. Admin should be able to change the offerings on website instantly, change the look of the front office, organize pages as per requirement.

Every travel agency is unique in its operations, style, target customer community. So the system should be scalable and flexible. Only a customizable travel software platform is viable to a travel agency. Moreover, the managers of the platform should be well versed in travel business.

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The platform should have a highly sophisticated automated content standardization system to sort and present the data intelligently.CRM should be scalable and complete. This is inevitable for internal user management too.Take care that the platform you select reduces the manual data processing work in your office.

Finally the platform must be PCI PA DSS compliant to secure online payment processing.Finding a suitable and efficient travel portal development company, is a solution for all.

What is the cost of online booking software for a travel agency, DMC?

If you are associated with the travel industry as a travel company, tourism development organization, resort, travel agency, consolidator or a travel adviser; you may be using travel technology solution that lends you the edge to attract/retain customers and beat competition. To set up OTA software, one needs to have a clear idea regarding the cost involved in developing a travel portal. After-all nothing comes without a cost.  For every dollar that you spend in developing the travel software, you should get 10 fold back as the latest technology driven online travel booking software will drive more customers – means increase in sales & revenue.

Regarding Author:

Author is a senior business analyst and an expert in travel software development and marketing strategy implementation.




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