Infohub Sets 'Agent Advantage' Program

FREMONT, Calif. -- InfoHub, an on-line travel guide, introduced a tool that enables consumers to browse its database of special-interest tours through a travel agency's Web site. Consumers then can book tours through the agency.

The Travel Agent Advantage Program will help agents use their Web sites to generate sales leads, sell more high-commission special-interest tour packages and develop niche markets, Jim Zhu, Infohub's chief executive officer, said. "In an environment of airline commission cuts and caps, the only way for many agencies to survive is to sell more tour packages instead."

InfoHub's Web site, at www.infohub.com, lists about 600 operators with specialty products, such as biking, hiking, trekking and farm stays.

When an agency registers for Travel Agent Advantage, InfoHub will provide a software code to create a query form on the agency's Web site. Agents can register for the program at InfoHub's Web site or obtain information by e-mailing to [email protected].

InfoHub said it is waiving its $99 registration fee for agents through the end of this year.

A consumer visiting the agency's Web site could use the form to specify interests, destinations and season of travel, and request an InfoHub database search. The forms are coded so that InfoHub will know the requests are being generated at agency Web sites, Roy Andrada, InfoHub's vice president of marketing, said.

InfoHub will e-mail the search results to the agency, with information about the consumer, which gives the agency an opportunity to handle the booking.

Information also will be e-mailed to the customers, with instructions to call the agency for the booking.

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