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.