Itravel enters wholesale
ITRAVEL launched an internal wholesale product for its agents over the weekend at the group’s second annual conference, held in Sydney.
The wholesale offering, called HQ by itravel, is live with itravel’s hotel content and will allow agents more control and provide them with more value, MD Steve Labroski told Travel Daily.
“By doing this we actually cut out a lot of our middlemen where we can actually go direct to some of our key partners that we have globally, and by doing that we add more value to our customers and obviously more money goes back into each agency or mobile consultant,” he said.
“It’s the beginning of our future where we actually vertically integrate everything that we do in one platform.”
Labroski noted the group would continue to work with external wholesalers, explaining the biggest difference of HQ by itravel was that it aggregates all of the group’s key partners in one central location.
“It’s time-efficient, it saves our network time and effort.
“As an agent they don’t need to log on to seven different websites to find out what the best rate is, it’s one search in one location, instantly giving them the best rate,” he told Travel Daily.
Labroski said the hotel content on HQ by itravel was just the start for the platform.
“We’ll move into tours, transfers, car hire and every other part that we can, just to be able to create this one central location and one-stop-shop for our network,” he said, adding that the platform was NDC-ready.
“We’re happy to talk to any airline that wants to talk to us about what NDC capabilities we have and how we can work with them,” he said - more on pg four.