Itravel en­ters whole­sale

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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.

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