ORLANDO — During its annual conference here earlier this week, Ensemble Travel Group announced that its members will soon have a new itinerary builder with the launch of MyTripRoute.

“It is a web-based tool that will help you create and share proposals, itineraries and travel alerts with your clients,” Rice said. “After careful vetting of several platforms in the marketplace, we’re thrilled to be working with our behind-the-scenes partner, Umapped, to make this available to you.”

MyTripRoute will help agents manage and send proposals, itineraries and travel alerts to their clients in digital and print formats. It also includes an app that can be downloaded on smartphones.

Rice and Pearlman detailed several ways in which the tool will benefit agents’ businesses, one of which is efficiency. MyTripRoute will help agents create professional-looking itineraries “in a fraction of the time” it would to create them independently, according to Pearlman.

“The tool includes live connections to the Sabre GDS and ClientBase, and you can also import from other GDS providers,” he said. “It helps that the Ensemble cruise and hotel amenities are already loaded into the system, along with many of our partners Shore Trips, Classic Vacations, Globus, Travel 2, Alpine Adventures and Big Five Tours and Expeditions. MyTripRoute combines all the components from multiple sources into one comprehensive document.”

 Agents’ brands will be displayed prominently on itineraries, whether they are viewed on the Internet, in the app or as emailed PDF documents, Rice said. Additionally, once clients download the app to their smartphones, it can send them notifications whether they are online or not.

“It’s also interactive, so they can share their travel experiences via email, Facebook or Twitter,” Rice said.

 MyTripRoute will also allow agents to sell more to their clients who use the tool.

 “You can send commissionable products like shore excursions in real time, meaning real revenue for you,” Pearlman said.

 He also pointed out that the tool is content-rich. Umapped, Travel42 and Ensemble have a partnership that enables agents to embed destination guide content into itineraries.

The app portion of MyTripRoute is expected to be available in Apple and Google app stores in the coming months. The white-label Umapped version is currently available for download.

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