A day like today way back in 1749, the French Revolution happened and changed the way people do things, well centuries later TravelStart has also revolutionised how the online travel industry works through the launch of a game changing online B2B booking tool called next.
neXt is designed specifically to develop new travel agents and meet the needs of independent travel consultants looking to start their own travel business. neXt is a strategic effort to amplify Travelstart’s commitment to leading the future of travel in Africa.
Travelstart’s neXt platform offers independent travel consultants a user-friendly platform that features broad flight search results and multiple payment options for travel tickets. neXt allows travel agents to work closely with their clients while the system provides them with flight booking tools to take care of their sales processes. Through neXt platform, agents can search and compare prices for destinations on all airlines.
Terri Brand, the Global Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Travelstart said, “neXt provides cutting edge technology for agencies who want to grow their businesses when booking flights by offering them best negotiated fares. Agents receive user friendly booking technology for free, and benefit more on Commissions and Mark -ups”.
neXt is fully integrated with Amadeus AETM, as well as with existing Global Distribution Systems. The solution also includes an I-Frame, making it possible for agents to create their own travel affiliate websites. Agent’s are further supported by a dedicated processing team who handle ticketing, reissues and refunds.
Agents using Amadeus GDS to make their flight bookings are able to import their PNR’s prior to ticketing to neXt ensuring that all flights and related activities are integrated and contained within the neXt system allowing easy access and management of all activities within the system.
Travelstart is already the online travel market leader in Africa and agents looking to branch out on their own stand to benefit from the company’s established relationships, access to personal and online training modules, over and above the bells and whistles developed in-house such as multi-city flight searches, mix and match flight functionality on domestic bookings and real time availability.
Agents using neXt keep 100% of their markup, which can be changed in real time, and can further diversify their revenue streams by selling add-on products during the transaction or post sale.
Charles Rubia, neXt Sales & Account Manager at Travelstart Kenya, addressed the challenges most travel agents who do not have IATA licence or have the latest travel technology to booking flights go through. He further explained that neXt platform streamlines online flight ticketing and make it easy and convenient for travel consultants.
TravelStart had launched next platform in South Africa way back in 2013 and in Nigeria. The company also looks into releasing a new upgraded website on 6th May.