Your travel business may be small or big, but it can’t survive in the present world without an Online Booking Software. You may have hosting a very good travel website design on your domain and it may also be attracting a-lot of visitors as well. But without travel software, you may not be able to realize its full potential. With online travel software in place, you can not only connect to potential clients but also achieve the sales online. Integrating a travel agency software will change your website to an online booking system platform.
But how to integrate, is an intriguing issue. There are three basic methods of integration to your existing website:
Top travel software provides the white label links, which can be connected in any travel website. Your web designer can simply import these links in iframe. Thus your website will host the search box and will enable the complete online booking software on your website.
You add the code snippet or a widget, from travel software provider, to your website code. Sections of on the online booking UI will be added to the desired places in your website (e.g., search box, hotel room or flights on special offer).
API integration is one of the most common methods used today. You need a professional travel software developmentcompany to achieve this. APIs provide the web services XML, which should be programmed to connect to third party server to bring the data. Its always advisable to hire an experienced travel portal developer to do this for you. Hotel APIs or Flight APIs integration will give you the complete control on look n feel of the system and customization.
With API integration, travel companies can –
• Have B2C, B2B, corporate and white-label modules
• Manage multiple suppliers including GDS & hotel consolidators
• Manage separate sub-domains / domains for end users and agents
• Update the markup from the backend
• Have IP based currency option
• Have comprehensive reporting system
Impact of GDS on Hotel Booking Systems
In a recent survey, year 2015 set up a record for travel bookings through global distribution systems. Around 62 million bookings were processed across various travel portals and online hotel booking systems. In 2016, its expected to cross 64.5 million as per latest projections. In terms of revenues $12.5 billion was clocked across all channels in the second quarter in the top 50 global markets, encompassing 69 million hotel room-nights. United States, India and UAE saw more absorption from OTAs, travel agency software and hotel booking software.
Author is a travel technology expert and has been involved in several travel portal development projects.