How to start an online travel agency ?

online travel agency

With the rising technology and traveling tendency, the need of online travel portal in India is also increasing. Modern people want to deal everything online at their ease without going to any shop or making long call and follow for bookings. So if you are planning to start or already have an offline business of travel agency and want to move it online, then you have come to the right place to grab some quick tips and understanding. This article is going to explain certain important aspects that you need to know before starting your online venture.

Firstly before starting We want to ask you a question- Do you know in which niche you want to serve in? If you are still don’t have clear idea or don’t have knowledge about the niche you should check the below mentioned terms first.

Types of category to provide the service:

  • b2b travel business
  • B2c travel business
  • corporate/ Government organization travel booking

Which service to provide:

Flight Booking ReservationBus Booking Reservation
Hotel Booking ReservationCar Booking Reservation
Train Ticket ReservationCruise
Tour bookingSightseeing
MICE Group Fare
Hotel ContractingBus Contracting
Passport & Visa AssistanceForex

How to start ?

STEPSFor new entrants  For existing travel agent
Choose the category  The new entrants are not recommended to start business with b2b or corporate at initial stage. As they don’t have much practical knowledge about the pattern of business and agents can outsmart them. They may loose some corporate where the corporate need assistance and they cannot suggest in better way to corporate due to no previous experience. Though new entrants can serve b2b and corporate at later stage when they gain experience. They are very clear with their target customer.
Choose the service You can select either one service or bundle multiple to serve your targeted customer. They are very clear with their services.
List out the problems Not ApplicableFirstly you need to list out the problems which you are facing offline and want them to solve as you move offline. Following are some examples of problems faced in offline management.
example: Creating invoices may be a tiresome job and may not be accurate at times.
Conduct a deep Research  Start searching on the queries which you have in your mind. Search for those topic on internet and ask the same queries from travel portal development company. When you search on internet or ask questions from travel portal development company’s executive, please don’t trust any source until you verify it from 3-4 sources. As whatever written on internet is not 100% true and travel portal provider may have development knowledge but there are very less company in the market who have travel industry knowledge as well to guide you.  Start searching on the problems which you are facing offline. Ask for the solutions from travel portal development company. Try to discuss the problem in detail with travel portal solution provider as they can better assist you. The company might have dealt with and already provided solution for it. Well experienced company might suggest you shortcut to get the solution that too at a cost effective way.
Choose a Travel Portal Development Company
How to choose a travel portal development company?
Quick Tip : White label travel portal is best to start for new entrants. Though if entrants want to start at a high level they can go with API Integration of required services.

After finding the solution it’s time to implement it.Now choose a development company. To verify the travel portal development company you can check the linked article in how to choose a travel portal development ?
Quick Tip: Make sure the website is device responsive.
Built a User Friendly Website with Good ContentA website is definitely required but make sure you make a user-friendly website. The convenience of the users is the most important thing in this. The website should have less navigation. Don’t forget to inculcate good content as it will help your website to get flashed in the search engines.A website is definitely required but make sure you make a user friendly website. The convenience of user is the most important thing in this. The website should have less navigation. Don’t forget to inculcate good content as it will help your website to get flashed in the search engines.
Promote Your WebsiteThis part should not be ignored in any way. The promotion of your website is very much necessary and you should do this on the social media platform as it is cheap and convenient too. Without the presence of your business on an online platform, you cannot generate leads.

Ways to promote a travel website.
This part should not be ignored in any way. Promotion of your website is very much necessary and you should do this on social media platform as it is cheap and convenient too. Without the presence of your business on online platform, you cannot generate leads.
SEO Guide for travel website.

 It is definitely not a Hercules Task; all you need is a good planning and a support from a reputed travel portal development company.

Shreya Patel

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