How to Start an Online Travel Agency (OTA) with Top Travel Software
PROVAB TECHNOSOFT (http://www.provab.com) is one of the leading online travel reservation system development and merchant account integration company, delivering best in class travel software and hotel reservation system software to global travel management companies.
Starting a travel business from home is a good idea indeed. You need only a little investment. It is low-risk too. Just that you must be very enthusiastic to offer your clients best in class travel deals.
The first step in your home based endeavour, is finding the right host agency. It’s better to have a host agency. It will keep your spending low, give you big commissions, and do your backend office. Moreover, if you are a novice in travel industry, they will train you too and assist you in running the business. Most of the host agencies have their online travel software in place, which you can also get access off.
With the host agency, you need not have an ARC, CLIA, or IATAN number which is costly and difficult to get for a startup. The host agency’s accreditation number is enough and it will be your parent company. If you use the GDS, the host will take care of the ARC report which will be time-saving to you. They will also help you to get a travel agent license as required by your region.
After the processes are established and you have clients inflow, you can them focus on Travel APIs integration and Hotel APIs integration on your website.
Hotel APIs provide facility to search a very large number of hotels and reserve hotel rooms of one’s choice instantly. You can search using multiple parameters, including location, price, star rating, travel dates, number of days of stay, etc. XML is used for server/client communication. PROVAB will provide a key to use this API.
Author is a senior business analyst and an expert in travel software development and marketing strategy implementation.