How to be a travel agent
In the era of internet , book-it-yourself concept has given leverage to many aspiring business men to learn how to be a travel agent by having their own online travel agency. These travel professionals who has the expertise can provide personalized recommendations through their own website and showcase their services which otherwise is not found anywhere else.
PROVAB, a leading travel and technology company explains you how to be a travel agent.
Being a leading travel and technology company, we provide innovative solutions and technology in travel like online booking system and software for travel to customers across the globe. By providing best in class hospitality technology services & seo services, we also strive to improve the client's capability, thereby helping them achieve their objectives.
Travel agents or agencies must have an identifying number called an IATA, or International Air Transport Association, number to work with travel suppliers such as tour operators and airlines. Having IATA accreditation simplifies the business relationship between travel suppliers and travel agents. Travel agents must meet certain requirements to be eligible to obtain IATA accreditation. Once accredited, you can gain global recognition and access to special discounts from suppliers in the travel industry.
The advantage of being an IATA agent is, you can get the GDS integration (Amadeus, Sabre, Galileo, Worldspan) you're your web portal.
Global Distribution System, as GDS is called, connects millions of providers to provide a common platform for bookings (flight, hotel, packages and cars) to users across the globe. As a leading GDS integration company, we work on GDS systems and low cost air carriers to provide our clients the comprehensive flight booking system. Whether you have signed for with Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, Travelport
After GDS integration with B2B, B2C and Admin modules in place, client would have a robust airline reservation system and would be able to do live bookings from this GDS system for flights
But if you don't have IATA agency then you can connect with many third party agents who are providing their XML or API to integrate and want o work with their published fares, we offer the best of the solutions to our clients.
Some of the third party providers are Arzoo, Cleartrip, Makemytrip and Akbar Travel Online. By integrating this third party XML in your website you can have a robust airline reservation system. With each bookings done through your website, you can earn commission from these third party providers.
Next step is to develop a relationship with a host agency for advertising and possible leads on travel discounts. If you do not work as the host agency, obtain a written agreement regarding your commission rate.
After that Contact travel suppliers you intend to work with and apply for an account.
Provide suppliers with your company's IATA number when you call to make reservations or obtain a quote, as travel suppliers will need to be sure you are a legitimate travel agent.
Incase you are not an IATA agent but you have done XML integration from a third party provider then you can show a real time booking from your website.
PROVAB TECHNOSOFT will create a B2B engine to connect to all the travel suppliers and travel agents
Keep a record of your commission amounts and sales from the admin panel.
Apart from Flight reservation system, PROVAB TECHNOSOFT also provides consulting, development for all the aspects of B2B & B2C travel portal and travel API integration for hotel reservations, travel packages, bus booking and insurance. We provide white labeled solution for all the travel search engines and travel booking software projects.
Features of Travel Portal Development by PROVAB TECHNOSOFT:
• Domestic & International Ticket Booking:
• Hotel Reservations
• Car Booking
• Holiday Reservations
• Bus Booking
• Forex (Foreign Money Exchange)
• Payment Gateway Integration
• SMS Gateway Incorporation
• Agent/Deposit Accounts Creation
• Agent Login Facility
• Customer Login Facility
• Admin Control Panel and deposit account maintenance
• Customized Reports