Wednesday, October 18, 2017

iTop comes to the rescue of travel agents

With their revenues dwindling amidst a commission-squeeze by airlines, travel agents might have found a saviour in i-TOP (Indian travel agents own portal). Launched by their representative body, IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), the advance booking portal promises to bring them the much needed money.

At present, airlines sell their products through different consolidators and portals such as MakeMyTrip and Cleartrip at an agreed special rate. On the other hand, i-Top will bring all consolidators or portals under one screen.

This helps in many ways. For instance, if an agent is using XYZ portal, he will get the pricing fixed by that portal management only. I-Top allows different OTAs (Online Travel Agents) to display and sell their product in one screen. If three OTA’s selling Emirates tickets are integrated to I-Top; the user will get all the three companies’ prices on one screen.

i-Top will facilitate consolidators, OTAs or even an agent sell their products through i-Top to the network users. The user agents will have the flexibility to display all such related services, compare quality, services, trustworthiness, pricing and remunerative benefits that will help him to promote products without any compromise.
17/10/17 V Sajeev Kumar/Business Line

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