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