New online marketplace, described as the Facebook for the travel industry
Wednesday 31, March 2010
The offering, swapsystems.com, has been developed to meet the needs of travel agents wishing to grow their dynamic package sales and looking to work directly with new hotel partners. The system gives the power to buyers and sellers to create their own relationships and terms of trading
Bookings can be made directly on your own selling platform via XML links or online with www.swapsystems.com using a unique password.
“Our in-built flexibility means that individual Hotel relationships can be created and any special agreed prices, room allocations, early booking discounts and trading terms can be applied to your own profile,” stated the company.
How the system works?
The company says just like “Facebook” agents can request to trade with any hotel on the swapsystems.com website and the agent sends a request email to their selected hotel or apartment. The hotel will then confirm that they are happy to work with the agent as a partner and will forward their trading and payment terms.
Until a hotel has confirmed the relationship their property remains on the agents “wish list”. Once confirmed the agent can then view the hotels net rates and can start making bookings. swapsystems.com will add new hotels on a regular basis and agents will be able to search these hotels as well as the ones who have already agreed to trade together, these hotels are listed on the system as “My Hotels“.
Agents will be made aware of which hotels are promoting special offers and be able to make price comparisons between these hotels and the “My Hotels” list giving opportunities for new hotels to be contacted and added to your own list.
The team was looking at developing a system which is free from any expensive set up charges and implementation costs for all users. In doing so, the company says it is now offering a system which is available to even the smallest of travel businesses on a low monthly charge or a cost per transaction basis. This means that hotel rates will be at the best net rates available and free from many associated extra charges and mark ups, added the company.
The only cost for using this system is a one percent charge on revenue for each completed transaction.
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