Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Adventure Engine nominated for Tourism Industry Canada Association - National Tourism Award for Excellence

Adventure Engine is really pleased to be considered for the coveted 2006 Tourism Exellence Award - New Business Catagory.
The national award winner will be announced Oct 23, 2006 in Jasper Alberta Canada. For more information on the award see http://www.tiac-aitc.ca/english/ntawards.asp.
Our press release on the nomination is online at http://www.adventureengine.com/news_release.php

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Adventure Engine noted in Men's Journal as a top Adventure Travel Website

Be sure to check out the August 2006 Mens Journal and the listing of 4 of the top Adventure Travel Websites that includes Adventure Engine.
http://www.adventureengine.com/content/pr.htm

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Get your RSS on!

Ok as per the last post - don't be scared - it's easy peesy.

Download yourself an RSS reader and sign up for on of the Adventure Engine RSS feeds
(see post on What the heck is RSS for clarification)

For our suppliers there is a RSS feed for you to keep you up to date on new development and application upgrades at Adventure Engine.

For agents keep up to date on new trips at Adventure Engine.

For you consumers out there pick a feed that suites your interest and let the RSS do the work of checking for new trips, seat sales and more.

Give us feedback on other feeds you want developed!

New technology for the wild frontiers of Adventure Travel

The hot and wild frontiers of Adventure Travel meet with technology for the masses.
The Adventure Travel industry is hot with more and more travelers electing to add some spice to their getaways. Travelers these days are opting for more than just a flight and a beach stay. Instead they are adding from a range of adrenaline sports, cultural tours, spiritual or educational retreats.
Many high paced consumers of today are electing to shop at home, at night, or on the fly. Wireless researching and purchasing of adventure travel is finally getting up to speed.
For these travelers or adventure outfitters there is a new solution on the web horizon worthy of a look – Adventure Engine. This new company is designed to provide power to the industry. It consolidates adventure travel seats onto a centralized database so trips can be researched, bought and sold in real time with efficiency.
With buzz words like RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, blogs and real time booking on the rise, Adventure Engine is taking the challenge head on and bringing this desired technology to the masses.
For the adventurous soul, there is now a source of up-to-the-minute information.
“People already use RSS feeds to keep track of everything from stock prices, sport scores and news,” said Nick Howald, IT Manager with Adventure Engine. “Now they can add a stream of data to their computer or handheld that updates them on the latest trips and discounts in their favorite getaway activity.” This new way of doing business is ideal for people who want to be alerted to new trips or seat sales in everything from mountain bike trips to cat skiing.
Adventure Engine is also using this new technology to change the way adventure tour companies do business. Gone are the technically challenging days when creating an online sales area and distribution was expensive. With the advent of program sharing, Adventure Engine can empower any webmaster, agent, end user or tour operator to hook in with a click of the mouse.
”We just saw the growing trend of end consumers and agents needing up to the minute interfaces for buying these types of trips” said Amber Hayes CEO of Adventure Engine. “The obvious flipside is the industry providers requiring an easy to use affordable technology to meet that consumer demand. It’s the way of the future and we are seeing a wide variety of users joining the system.”
Shopping at www.adventureengine.com you can find a multitude of fantastic trips like hiking in the Rockies, Nepal, and Africa. There are a multitude of other products such as mountain biking in B.C. for $199, rafting the Grand Canyon for $149, or a 14-day bird watching expedition in the jungles of Mexico for $1,299.
It is a big world out there. Technology has changed the face of travel sectors like flights, hotels and car rentals. So isn’t it time for a little adventure?
To experience a place where international adventure is available at the click of a mouse or an RSS push, visit the future; check out Adventure Engine.
For more information, go to the main site www.adventureengine.com and review trips, discuss opportunities on forums and grab RSS feed options.-
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West Jet press releases

WestJet will be including Adventure Engine in its email magazine with a distribution of 400,000 May 4 and May 11th. We look forward to partnering with WestJet on our upcoming contest and as you know WestJet Airlines uses Adventure Engine to supply all of its Adventure Content on its main site. Visit www.westjet.com choose Travel Offers and select Adventures to see our site in action.
For our suppliers as always shine up your trips and get ready for more great exposure and we look forward to adding more adventure to the WestJet guest list!

Check www.adventureengine.com/contest.php for more information on our contest and for those of you out there looking to sell trips on your site like WestJet join now for free and get a portal that you can sell adventure trips through on your site for a commission!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Search Functionality

Based on feedback from our user and subscribers we have boosted the power of our search functionality again.
Using AJAX out team has created a "drill down " search. This means as you select a Region ( i.e. World location) the Activities reduce to show only activities in the regions you choose.
Conversely if you choose a certain Activity the regions refresh to offer only regions that offer that Activity.
This while help ensure all of our shoppers get the results they are looking for.
We have also boosted our keyword functionality at www.adventureengine.com so by using the + sign you can limit results.
Now if you want to only see skiing in BC enter ski+ BC and you will see only relevant results that is skiing in BC .
Previously entering ski , BC would show you everything with ski or BC in it.
We hope you enjoy the upgrades and look forward to your feedback as always!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Adventure Engine welcomes Travel Agent:All about travel

Located in New York this Agent will be using the AdventureEngine portal technology to sell trips and is looking forward to working with suppliers who opt in for the agent interface.
www.allabouttraveler.com

We look forard to input from suppliers and agent alike who are looking to sell adventure travel products using the Adventure engine interface.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Agent Interface Area - on the way

Our team is working to create a new module to value add to operators out there selling trips.
The new area will allow suppliers partners and agents to access a unique login area to review seats for the trip and complete sales using any payment ( cash, cheques, agent account and more)
This means agents will be able to view seats available at a glance and sell them on the spot.
The system will track net rates / commissions and report balances received and payable.
A great way to have others sell your seats and keep track of payments easily.

What would you need to make your reseller/ agent area as effective as possible?
Would you prefer options for set net rate or commission tracking on each seat sold?
What agents would make the system more valuable for suppliers?


Please contact us to discuss this upgrade or blog away! .

There is also a forum for this discussion on the board at http://forums.adventureengine.com/

www.adventureengine.com

Sunday, April 09, 2006

New forum on Adventure Engine - for industry

is now open .......

Login and provide your angle for industry news, updates and events.
We want to create a place for Adventure Industry to get in touch, promote trips, events, check into new industry trends and get business tips from industry consultants.
Join by April 30th at http://forums.adventureengine.com/ and you have a chance to win a subscription to the new Marketing and Distributor option with Adventure Engine ( www.adventureengine.com) $375 value!

Its never been easier to stay in touch with the industry..
be sure to tell us what you think about these new services in the forum so we can make this a productive environment for you.

Friday, April 07, 2006

New Partner Program with The Eco Tourism International Society

Adventure Engine announces a new partnership with The Ecotourism International Society.
All members of TIES are eligible for discounts on all Adventure Engine programs.
this includes the Adventure Engine marketing, distribution and reservations systems.

To see the press release by TIES click here

For more about The International Ecotourism Society be sure to visit their site

The staff at Adventure Engine look forward to working with TIES and their members to bring Eco tourism content to the internet and consumers in a new and powerful way!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

What the heck is RSS?

Its quickly becoming a buzz word in the techworld.
Basically RSS creates a feed that can update subscribers with information added to a website.
Some folks have a number of RSS feeds they use to upto date on everything from sport scores, news, stocks or hey seat sales for their favorite activity.
Adventure Engine now provides RSS feeds to its members checkout http://www.adventureengine.com/feeds.php for more information.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Adventure Accommodations/ Inventory piece on the way

Well we are hard at work here finalizing our newest power piece for Adventure Engine.
When finalized this new component will allow our suppliers to tie pieces of inventory to their trips. This can be everything from transportation, rental gear to guides and rooms.

This will allow user to set availability based on inventory as well as just seats.
This will be an awesome piece for lodge owners, rafters well - heck anyone!

Give us a buzz if you want to be first to try our beta version

For the latest vidoe demos of current functionality check out www.adventureengine.com/movies.php

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Website sales and tools

We have some great new options for using the Adventure engine technology to integrate into your website - our staff has voted Fernie Fat Tire as having the best site with AE integrations!
Be sure to check out their site at www.ferniefattire.com or review our new video demo area and see a presentation on how their site is using Adventure Engine.

Great technology to sell seats online by deposit or full payment - they are even using the coupon right on their main site to promote a new seasonal special.

http://www.adventureengine.com/movie/portal2.wmv

What is Adventure Engine? Be sure to check our main site for more information

For Travellers:

Adventure Engine is a virtual global adventure travel marketplace where you can search, compare and buy your ultimate adventure vacation.

For Tour Operators, Guides, Outfitters and Suppliers of adventure travel:
Adventure Engine is a tour reservation software package and a distribution network that can increase your revenues and expose your adventures to the world.

For Distributors such as Travel Agents, Chambers of Commerce, Adventure Tourism and Recreation Associations, Accommodators, Airlines and adventure related websites:
Adventure Engine can create additional revenues for you and enable you to value add to your existing clients' and visitors' itineraries using our huge database of adventure travel product. This shared database of adventure travel product and our easy to use reservation and tour booking system enables you to better serve your members and your clients.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Enter your best adventure travel story

Bring us your best tales of adventure.
Share experiences, do's and don'ts and hidden gems.
Plus let Adventure Engine know what regions you want to see us bring to the system.

Travel Agents - what do you look for in an adventure company?

With more and more adventure companies bringing high end products online to be distributed we want to know more about what make an ideal company for your to promote.