5 Reasons Why You Need A Travel Advisor

Atlas Travel

Here are 5 reasons why you need a travel advisor by your side when you book your next vacation. First and foremost, when you are ready to travel, we are here to make YOUR travel dream come true. Our only job is to plan travel… literally.

Airline Reporting Corporation and IATA Billing and Settlement Plan: How they Work

AltexSoft Travel

BSP and ARC are two abbreviations that people coming to a travel agency business stumble across early on. BSP or Billing and Settlement Plan is an IATA electronic billing system to run and simplify the interchange of data and funds between travel agencies and airlines.

Timatic by IATA: Travel Requirements Database, Explained

AltexSoft Travel

After surviving one of the most traumatic years for air travel, the industry is finally learning to operate with new travel restrictions. Travelers struggle to keep up with constantly updated travel information. Users: airline websites, airports, online travel agencies.

Destinations Soar with Public Relations

The Abbi Agency

With more than a decade of specializing in travel PR, The Abbi Agency knows what it takes to land our destination clients in the right publications. As publicists, we must be prepared to think on our feet and pivot quickly to keep up with the trends and fast-paced travel industry.

Host Travel Agencies: Why You Need Them and How to Choose the Best Option

AltexSoft Travel

In 2020, the travel industry found itself among the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19. American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) reported a 75-percent cut in revenue across travel agencies versus 2019. What is a host travel agency? Host travel agency business model.

How to Get IATA Accreditation for Travel Business: Options and Steps to Take

AltexSoft Travel

The air travel industry is no exception. But how are IATA and travel agencies connected? Why do travel businesses that issue airline tickets have to be IATA-accredited? IATA and Travel Agencies. Today, IATA decides who and how should distribute air travel products.

Airline Consolidators Overview: Their Role, Advantages, and Key Players

AltexSoft Travel

Flight consolidators are brokers that book airline seats in bulk at discount rates and then resell them to travel agencies. Most of the large consolidators appeared in the 1970-1980s when airlines had more seats than they could ever sell via travel retailers.

Revenue Integrity in Airlines: How to Solve Revenue Leakage Problems

AltexSoft Travel

Often created by travel agents and customers (both accidentally and not), these holes account for about 3 percent of the airline’s revenue. Not always intentionally, but travel agents as well as passengers themselves can cause a bunch of revenue integrity problems for airlines.

Airline Reporting Corporation: ARC Accreditation Options and Steps to Get It

AltexSoft Travel

Whether your business is focused on selling airline tickets, package trips, or cruises, if you want to be acknowledged as a professional in the travel industry, you need to be certified. This cleared up, the next question is what the ARC accreditation can bring to your travel business?

What is PNR: Passenger Name Record Explained in Details

AltexSoft Travel

It happens every time travelers book a flight. Introduced to facilitate the exchange of booking information between airlines, PNRs have become an important component of the travel industry. If required, the agent or operator adds new data elements or makes changes to the record.

Tourism sector invites Europeans to open up to travel again

ETC Corporate

European tourism bodies providing the essential leadership to reassure consumers that safe and seamless travel is possible in summer 2021. Multi-channel digital campaign will drive engagement across Europe to stimulate pent-up demand for travel.

Booking and Ticketing for Non-IATA Travel Agencies

AltexSoft Travel

For full-service carriers, a ticket is the only truly valid travel document. It’s the ticket, not the booking reference, that secures your traveler’s right to their seat on the plane. if an agent is in international expansion and works with different consolidators in different markets).

Destination Management Companies: How Travel Agencies Can Tap Into DMC Potential

AltexSoft Travel

The travel service market operates on a large scale. Online and offline travel agencies provide a wide selection of services to a wide range of audiences, so they rarely have control over the resources at the immediate destination. The role of DMC in the travel supply chain.

Retargeting Strategies in a Cookieless World


Retargeting is a cornerstone to digital marketing for travel marketers–and with good reason– 98% of visitors do not convert the first time they visit your website. In the photo example above, a traveler searched for a tour on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter website.

Why Magnuson Hotels Switched to Leonardo’s Industry Leading Media Distribution Platform


Magnuson Hotels helps their hotels be seen by more travelers on a wider range of channels. P owerful direct integrations to major online travel agents . Leonardo will be expanding their media distribution reach to our extensive network of third-party travel channels.

Airline Ticket Fraud and How Big Companies Avoid It

AltexSoft Travel

With travel agents playing smaller and smaller roles in bookings, airlines are becoming an easy target for fraudsters. Fake Travel Agencies. The websites charged travelers for canceling their flights. This is a guest article by Kelly Davidson from Merchant Savvy.

Meeting Planners Unite Sets 2019 Agenda

Smart Meetings

A town-hall meeting at the conference identified other resources MPU could help secure, including limited liability insurance and streamlining IATA, CLIA and other travel agent certifications. Three weeks after Hyatt Corporation confirmed that it would cut planner commissions, thereby following the lead of three other large hospitality companies, Meeting Planners Unite held its first conference in Washington, D.C.

Expedia Partner Solutions for Travel Agencies: Expedia TAAP, Templates, and EPS Rapid API

AltexSoft Travel

If you’re a mid-size OTA that wants to beef up its inventory, an OTA startup with a great idea that begs for implementation, or maybe an offline travel agency on the hunt for a way to increase agents’ efficiency, the question is the same – where to source the travel data from.


Open Destinations

In this latest edition of our Discovery Series, we shine a light on a selection of the ways in which the benefits of Open Destinations’ products and services filter through to the B2B or B2C customer or traveller. Request a Travel Studio demo. Request a Travel Builder Demo.

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Open Destinations

Any reputable reservation system should enable the tour operator, travel agent or Destination Management Company using it to set up end-to-end automation through the booking process. Our systems, Travel Studio and Travel Builder feature various financial controls.

Central Reservation System for Hotels: CRS Functionality and Software Explained

AltexSoft Travel

With the help of the channel manager that we discuss below, it distributes the hotel information to various sales channels, such as GDSs , OTAs , independent travel agents, and its own website, synchronizes reservations, and processes transactions. GDS for corporate travel.

How content accuracy and consistency impacts revenue: A Q&A with Fred Bean


The demand to travel is building, and potential travelers need to trust that the information they’re finding online is up to date with the latest information at their destination. Our research shows that consistent, accurate content is more important than ever.

Connecting Flights: Virtual Interlining Benefits and How to Seize Them

AltexSoft Travel

Say, most air travelers to or from the US have to make at least one transfer en route to their final destination. in the event of disruptions, travelers will be rebooked to the other flight. Otherwise, the carrier for this role is typically selected by a travel agent.


Open Destinations

Service providers like Airbnb, Skyscanner, Expedia and Tripadvisor have transformed the travel industry. Technology and travel are constant;y pushing each other to new heights and expanding what is possible. Travel software is dependent on APIs.

CDC Will Allow Cruise Travel to Resume This Summer   

Smart Meetings

Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow seconded the request, saying, “Restrictions have taken a disproportionately heavy toll on the travel industry and our millions of workers, and the rule preventing cruise operations is uniquely specific. Budget Friendly Group Travel.


Open Destinations

These areas relate to key deliverables from the travel software and solutions that we provide. More recently, we discussed how we are able to deliver the peace of mind through our experience and proven processes in travel and travel technology. AGENT PORTAL.

Self-Service Technologies in Travel: End-to-End Solutions for Independent Travelers

AltexSoft Travel

Even before the pandemic, travelers were eager to stay independent on the trip. And now, when people are finally ready to travel again, there’s another concern – safety. But how do we make travel completely self-service on all stages of the journey? Special needs travelers.

IHG’s Kenneth Macpherson Offers a Positive Outlook

Business Traveler USA

Business Traveler spoke to Macpherson at the recently-concluded International Hotel and Investment Conference in Berlin. BT: When do you think business travel will return, and is there anything a hotel company can do to encourage it? Accommodations Travel News IHG Hotels and Resorts

Creative Problem-Solving and Innovation: The Life of an Event Project Manager

Maritz Global Events

Despite a background as a travel agent and some hotel management courses in college,” he said, “I’d never thought about event management until I saw an ad promoting the travel, experience and interaction of the events industry, and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a perfect fit!’”. Since travel was (and still is) one of his greatest passions, the demand of continuous jet-setting to events all over the country was a crucial selling point.

Railway Reservation System: How to Drive Online Train Bookings

AltexSoft Travel

Train travel is in a disadvantaged position in our world. After dominating transport for over 100 years , railways no longer hold the competition with air travel. Unfortunately, railways are not integrated into the travel ecosystem as airlines, hotels, rental cars, or even cruises are.

Understanding Online Travel Agency Business: Partners, Building Blocks, How to Grow

AltexSoft Travel

Online travel agencies are some of the youngest players in the travel market. Since their appearance in the 90s, they flipped travel distribution, became hotels’ biggest enemies , and changed how people research, plan, and buy their trips. What is the Online Travel Agency?

What is Incentive Travel?


What is Incentive Travel? Incentive travel is an important subset of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. It is effectively a travel perk used to incentivize or motivate employees or partners. How do incentive travel programs work?

Hotel Technical Specifications: Distribution, Payment, Smart Device, and Back Office Standards by HTNG and OpenTravel

AltexSoft Travel

In 2012, IATA revolutionized flight distribution connectivity by introducing New Distribution Capability (NDC) – a standard for displaying rich airline content on online travel websites. There’s also a community-backed repository of travel-specific concepts.

Bed Banks: Comparing Accommodation, Travel Ancillaries, Connectivity of Hotelbeds, Travco, Bonotel, HotelsPro, and WebBeds

AltexSoft Travel

A bed bank (also called a wholesaler ) is a B2B company that purchases rooms from accommodation providers in a bulk at a discounted, static price for specific dates and sells them to OTAs, travel agents, airlines, or tour operators. Travel ancillaries. Travel ancillaries.

How to Choose a GDS: Amadeus vs Sabre vs Travelport

AltexSoft Travel

GDS is one of the first abbreviations you learn in the travel business. We’ve tried to pour our best knowledge about flight connectivity and hotel APIs into separate articles, but the topic of GDSs remains relevant to everyone who’s entering the travel booking world.

Travel Booking Engines: Types, Functionality, and Integrations

AltexSoft Travel

A booking engine is the brains behind distributing travel products online. Let’s explore what they actually can do and how their functions and tasks vary across travel businesses. How a travel booking engine works. Travel content mapping. Travel porta;s by TraveloPro.

How to Apply Jay Baer’s “Talk Triggers” to Your Tourism Marketing Strategy


In the world of destination marketing, creating a talk trigger requires going beyond offering a good experience to offering something remarkable that travelers won’t be able to resist talking about. Travelers are compelled to tell friends about an amazing experience for a few reasons.

Hotel Booking APIs: Wholesalers, Channel managers, and GDS

AltexSoft Travel

The APIs by key global distribution systems, the main players on the travel distribution market. Sourcing inventories of the largest online travel agencies. It originated from the airline industry and slowly tried to capture adjacent travel segments. Online travel agencies.

Amazing Wedding Planners in Every Major U.S. City

Social Tables

In Style Weddings and Destinations Why You’ll Love Them: These wedding planners are also accredited travel agents so destination weddings, bridal parties, bachelor/bachelorette, and even honeymoon planning will be easy to add on to your package. If you searched for the top wedding planners in your city, you’ve come to the right place. Featuring dozens of excellent wedding planners across the United States, you’re sure to find the people you need to pull off this extra special event.

How Hospitality Brands are Using Chatbots

AltexSoft Travel

However, it currently covers a wide range of hotel services such as bookings, customer service inquiries, pre or post-stay inquiries, and general travel advice. A chatbot can help hoteliers convey information faster than a human customer service agent does.

New Distribution Capability (NDC) for Airlines: Key Providers and Implementation Scenarios

AltexSoft Travel

Travelers still stick to comprehensive booking platforms like OTAs and price aggregators. Until the 2000s, airlines managed to maintain direct relations with travel agencies via Computer Reservation Systems (CRSs). Leisure travelers are price-sensitive and book in advance.

19 Event Trends That Will Shake Up Meetings & Group Business in 2019

Social Tables

The unprecedented rise in demand for meetings and events will continue this year, with CWT Meetings & Travel predicting a robust 5-10% growth in demand. Bleisure” travel isn’t going anywhere. In other words, planners are not just meeting coordinators, they are now ad-hoc travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all in the mix. Do your part to help attendees travel and enjoy the city.

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Booking.com Partnership and Affiliate Programs: Extranet, Pulse App, BookingSuite, Demand API, and Connectivity APIs

AltexSoft Travel

If you have anything to do with the travel business, you may have considered partnering with such hospitality giants as Expedia and Booking.com. Business travelers rates. Members of the Genius program are also able to tap into business travelers.