Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How busy tour companies can save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars

How busy tour companies can save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars.Companies that run tours and activities can save hundreds of hours every year by automating simple processes in their operation.A few examples for a company running 1000 seats a year automating the following processes:

· Answering calls for availability = save 175 hours
· Having to manually enter client information = 125 hours
· Sending balance owing reminders = 50 hours
· Adding to orders manually = 125 hours
· Sending post sale information manually = 50 hours

Just these few small tasks (10-15 minutes each) can add up to over 500 hours a year.
At $12 an hour that’s $6000!

How do you save this time?

Upgrade your reservation system and connect it to a booking engine with an availability calendar on your website.
Whether you run simple or complex trips Adventure Engine can set up the perfect system for your company.
Get a full reservation and online sales system for as little as $299 set up and $99/month. This even includes an online Visa/MC merchant account if you need one.

A free consultation is provided to overview how your company sells trips and how you can benefit from an online reservation system. The staff at Adventure Engine can set up the entire system for you and get you selling on line and saving time quickly and easily.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

NEXTgen traveler online behavior

NEXTgen travelers are most influenced by the ability to check lowest fares, photos of hotel/resort and lowest price guarantee
Technology is a lifestyle for the next generation of travelers, a group defined by their attitudes and comfort with and interest in technology, rather than their age, gender, income or status in life.
PhoCusWright and Ypartnership’s The NEXTgen Traveler™ reveals that emerging technology has not only affected the manner in which travel service suppliers bring their products and services to the marketplace, it has also had an equally profound effect on those who use it.
More than seven in ten NEXTgen travelers consider the ability to check the lowest available fares or rates (77%), photos of the hotel/resort (73%) and guarantees of the lowest available fares or rates (72%) influential Web site features when making decisions about travel destination or services.
At least one-half of this group of travelers also finds the following influential:
Easy-to-use booking feature (69%)
Virtual video tours of hotel/resort facilities, rooms, etc. (60%)
Area maps (59%)
Area photos (58%)
What’s more, the majority of NEXTgen travelers check last minute air, hotel and car rental availability (55%), and schedule and confirm vacation activities in advance of arrival (54%).