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Rob Sherali replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations
"Many thanks I will take a look at these options.   I am UK based yep, unfortunately (or not) Im not in the UK then however, I will be at Oktoberfest in Munich, but I will keep an eye out for similar events! Rob"
7 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations
"Two approaches then a) An API of hotel availability - that you source from a hotel distribution company. You need to feed this into software though. Something like http://www.dolphind.com/ would do it b) OR manually load hotel contracts into a…"
7 hours ago
Rob Sherali replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations
"Hi Alex, thanks for the reply.  Yes we are not just doing Hotels, we will be doing tours and transfers and other add ons to niche our business, however the others are less automated - we will have partnerships with these suppliers but i wanted…"
7 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to Baraka's discussion Meta search Engine for Tours and Activities
"There are two kinds of metasearch - those that send traffic to supplier websites - those that are working more like a travel agent Then there are two styles of product - day tours - multi-day E.g. for Africa Multi-day - Responsible Travel.com may…"
7 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations
"Hi Rob Thanks for mentioning TourCMS I don't want to sound negative, however if you are doing a hotel booking service-  then you are immediately into a highly competitive game - and arms race - between technology companies, online travel…"
7 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to adijat lawal's discussion Does anyone know where to get travel industry statistics in the UK?
"Some stats here http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=80&pagetype=88&pageid=1&sglid=1 Not quite sure that this specifically answers your question - but I do know that the CAA is the organisation to have this information about agent vs…"
7 hours ago
Rob Sherali posted a discussion

Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations

Hi all, newbie question approaching!I am in the process of getting a website developed for my tour ops company, using Wordpress. I am technical, and understand the plug ins available and realise there are a number of competitors out there that offer the price/booking handling components (checkfront/tourcms + others).My rather vague questions regarding these are:I sign up with a hotel supplier (doing select hotels only). They give some form of standard Tour Op discount (?) but their prices can…See More
8 hours ago
Baraka posted a discussion

Meta search Engine for Tours and Activities

We are underway to build our meta search engine for tours and activities in Africa. We have agreed to start with one supplier (based in South Africa). Our research shows that, Currently there is no Meta search system for tours and activities focused in Africa only. Except TourRadar (operating worldwide) and SafariBookings (Directory, no real-time rates and availability).My question is; Is there any other meta search engine for tours and activities?And what if we want to expand to cover the…See More
9 hours ago
adijat lawal posted a discussion

Does anyone know where to get travel industry statistics in the UK?

Mainly information on flight purchase, do customer prepare to buy from the airline or travel agent? See More
13 hours ago
Koushal replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Supplier Agreements Process
"You are right Rob, first you need engage with them and evaluate their process and offering. Best of Luck! Regards,  Koushal QuadLabs Technologies - A Travel Technology Company http://www.quadlabs.com"
yesterday
Rob Sherali replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Supplier Agreements Process
"All, thanks very much for your responses, the suppliers vary in size, some are boutique hotels some are larger chains, I think we will have to engage with them and see what their standard process is.  Understandably as we are small and a…"
yesterday
Clifford Langatt replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Supplier Agreements Process
"Do you have plans for East African tourism too?"
Saturday
Koushal replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Supplier Agreements Process
"Hi Rob,  Being in business from last 8 year in QuadLabs Technologies, I suggest you the following -  1. First you need to choose your territory i.e. which country you wants to target.  2. On the basis of territory, choose the…"
Saturday
Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership.
"Hi Clifford, Thank you for showing interest in our offer. I have checked your website,it seems you busy attending to the world. We are in the process of developing our website and it will be an opportunity for you to add your East African tour…"
Friday
Clifford Langatt replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership.
"Thanks Ismail, Incase I get bookings to Maldives I will book your facilities definitely. I would like to view your website, Can I get the address?"
Friday
Clifford Langatt replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership.
"Hello Chipayeni, We would love to add the Southern Africa itinerary to our services and therefore we say yes to your request.  Kindly check our website for more information and get back to us. Thanks. Langat Clifford Business Development…"
Friday
Clifford Langatt replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership.
"Dear Vivian, Thanks a lot for your reply. We are happy to get the partnership going. It is a major milestone to our company. I have checked your website and I am still on it. It is good and has very good deals of interest to us.  Check out our…"
Friday
Patrizio La Rosa replied to Laurent Rerat's discussion Swiss Tour Operator looking for partners
"Hi Laurent  I manage a group of companies that operate in Civitavecchia ( Rome Port) , we provide many different services to the cruise companies , cruise customers and seamens , I send you a list of services that we offer in Rome , Rome…"
Friday
Gerard Collon replied to Rob Sherali's discussion Supplier Agreements Process
"Hi Rob, As a small TO we find that we sometimes sign their agreements (when they are large businesses), otherwise we tend to work on a loose agreement based on trust. "
Thursday
Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza replied to Ismail Madheeh's discussion Looking for Agents all over the world
"Thank you for the information . I am in Africa ,how can we work together?How can we promote one other? Thanks, C  "
Thursday
 

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Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations 4 Replies

Hi all, newbie question approaching!I am in the process of getting a website developed for my tour ops company, using Wordpress. I am technical, and understand the plug ins available and realise…Continue

Started by Rob Sherali in The foyer. Last reply by Rob Sherali 7 hours ago.

Meta search Engine for Tours and Activities 1 Reply

We are underway to build our meta search engine for tours and activities in Africa. We have agreed to start with one supplier (based in South Africa). Our research shows that, Currently there is no…Continue

Started by Baraka in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge 7 hours ago.

Does anyone know where to get travel industry statistics in the UK? 1 Reply

Mainly information on flight purchase, do customer prepare to buy from the airline or travel agent? Continue

Started by adijat lawal in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge 7 hours ago.

Supplier Agreements Process 8 Replies

Hi all,My girlfriend and I are in the process of starting a niche Tour Operator company.  This is no doubt my first of many questions regarding set up, but we are currently planning a trip to meet…Continue

Tags: process, startup, business, new

Started by Rob Sherali in The clinic. Last reply by Koushal yesterday.

Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership. 11 Replies

We are an East African tours and travel agency specializing in domestic and international air ticketing, tailor-made holidays, safaris and hotel reservations. We provide quality and affordable…Continue

Tags: Hospitality, Holidays, Safari, Tourism, Travel

Started by Clifford Langatt in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza on Friday.

Swiss Tour Operator looking for partners 3 Replies

Hello !I'm on a way to soon open a "special" web travel agency and I need partners. For now I'm mostly interested in partners in Europe (hotels, transfer companies, package trip, any original offer,…Continue

Tags: Hotel, Partner

Started by Laurent Rerat in The clinic. Last reply by Patrizio La Rosa on Friday.

Looking for Agents all over the world 5 Replies

hi,We are a small startup Guest House and a Tour Company looking for partners all over the world to send tourist to Maldives.We are based in an Inhabitat island of Maldives and our Guest House has 3…Continue

Started by Ismail Madheeh in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza on Thursday.

Looking for Partner in Tourism 3 Replies

To Whom it may concern:We are operating tour agency in Las Vegas, USA and Vietnam. Our services are tour operator, American Immigration Service, Visa service, air ticketing and room reservation.We…Continue

Started by US-MekongTour in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza on Thursday.

Hello 4 Replies

Hello my name is tito i like to open campany of tour. But i dont have. Enough. Knowledge. Plz help me idea

Started by Bongitours in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Aug 27.

Need a host agency... 20 Replies

Hello ! I'm working (part time) as home based travel agent in Switzerland and as my business is growing, I'm now looking for a host agency or any other ways to have wholesale/suppliers prices (for…Continue

Tags: suppliers, wholesale, switzerland, agency, host

Started by Laurent Rerat in The clinic. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Aug 26.

New Start Up - Social Enterprise - Questions! 6 Replies

Hi everyone. I am very new to the industry and have a few questions I'd like some help with if possible! To give you a brief background I am based in the UK and business partner is based in Kenya. We…Continue

Started by Danielle Saunders in The foyer. Last reply by Danielle Saunders Aug 26.

Entry in to the travel industry 2 Replies

Hi to all,I am looking to start up a online travel business and am looking for sound advice has to go about setting up. My back ground is mainly vehicle technical related, but now looking to pursue a…Continue

Tags: industry, Travel, the, into, Entry

Started by Mr Bhamesh Nandha in The foyer. Last reply by Mr Bhamesh Nandha Aug 20.

Thinking about risk and emergency scenarios 3 Replies

Hi Everyone,I'm the co-founder of The Flash Pack -we're a really new group tour operator based in the UK. We've got our first tours going…Continue

Started by Radha in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Aug 14.

Insurance and Financial Protection 13 Replies

Dear All, I am very glad I found this forum. Last year, I set up a company that organsies and delivers guided tours for schools and private groups to WW1 Battlefields. Schools are asking for my…Continue

Started by Steve G in The foyer. Last reply by Matt Aug 13.

TTA Application Documents & Process 4 Replies

Hi there,I was wondering if any one could suggest me on what documents do we need to provide in order to apply for TTA, what's the process and how much time does it take to finally get TTA ?  Thanks…Continue

Tags: TTA

Started by Nakul Bhatia in The foyer. Last reply by Matt Aug 13.

Looking to break into Stag & Hen and Team Building trips 4 Replies

Looking to break into Stag & Hen and Team Building trips - would anyone have advice or connections?My product would be classed as 'high adventure coorporate activities' or stag/hen weekends where…Continue

Started by Steven Vermeiren in The foyer. Last reply by Steven Vermeiren Aug 13.

Product development and Dealing with Hotels and DMCs. 3 Replies

Hey everyone! Excited to be a part of this forum. I can see that a lot of you are experienced in the travel industry. I was wondering if you can help me figuring out the best way to handle product…Continue

Started by Dev in The foyer. Last reply by Katherine Page Aug 13.

Flight Consolidators 7 Replies

Hi new to this site but have found some great info on here. Basically myself and a friend started dealing with Indian Visas for the Asian Community as he has so many connections with them. Problem…Continue

Started by Glenn Boland in The foyer. Last reply by Saleem Umatia Aug 10.

A a small start-up travel agency without Atol/IATA requires suppliers/consolidators for airfares to Africa. 4 Replies

Hi, we are a small travel agency without Atol/IATA, we would like to find  suppliers/consolidators for airfares to Africa. Any suggestions please? Continue

Started by adijat lawal in The foyer. Last reply by adijat lawal Aug 8.

I need advice on how I can connect with other tour operators around the world 2 Replies

I am very excited to be part of Small Fish Big Ocean family and am so thankful for management for approving my membership.I am a tour operator in Chipata,Zambia,our tour operator company is well…Continue

Started by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza Aug 8.

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