Traveltoogle.com announced that it supported this move of CCI to clear international airlines from the cartelization and abuse of dominant position charges that have reduced the travel commissions to zero for travel agents.
Online PR News – 19-February-2011 – – Traveltoogle.com announced that it supported this move of CCI to clear international airlines from the cartelisation and abuse of dominant position charges that have reduced the travel commissions to zero for travel agents. (http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-9-foreign-airlines-cleared-of-cartelisation-charge/20110217.htm ).
It also announced that it will continue working strategically with service providers in growing their direct sales and reducing their distribution cost which are their major pain area.
Nine international carriers naming Lufthansa German Airlines, Continental Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, Air France and North West Airlines in India have recently moved to zero commissions. Though they acknowledge that travel agents are the drivers in their business, but they remain committed to reduce their distribution costs and hence reduced the commission to zero, in line with their global practices & to focus on their website point selling by their web fares and online promotions.
Announcing the company’s stand on the issue, Poonam Arora, Chief Executive Officer, traveltoogle.com said, “Traveltoogle.com remains committed to growing web sales to the service providers. We as a Metasearch are in process of signing partners with different service providers, and we believe that this move by CCI will be beneficial for the whole travel ecosystem. We strongly believe that the Industry should focus more on value delivering to the customers. In today’s scenario Travel agents have to adapt to the transaction fee model that is prevalent globally, in which they can make margins on tours and package bookings & by offering value-added services to the customers so the impact on bottom-lines should only be marginal. Ideally they should be consultants in today’s evolving market.”
Distribution is the major pain area of all the service providers & and an approximate 5-7% of the airline revenues are eaten up in distribution, which in turn eat up their profit margins.
Traveltoogle.com Metasearch model has introduced a paradigm-shift in travel bookings and has made it India’s biggest Bus-direct search engine, which enables customer acquisition for all Bus providers in India. .As the Metasearch model, the bookings are done through transferring customers onto provider’s websites. The providers in turn owns the customer and benefits from ancillary revenue and brand loyalty due to more effective marketing and direct distribution on the Internet.
Traveltoogle.com, launched in Nov 2010, is largest Bus Metasearch site in India & is poised to take the leap in the Airline, Hotel and other travel products down the line.
Traveltoogle.com ® is India’s leading online travel Metasearch engine, is the SBU of Coverground Travanues (P) Ltd based in New Delhi. Traveltoogle.com is driven by an entrepreneurial team of young MBAs who had a passion of travel and technology. For more information about traveltoogle please visit www.traveltoogle.com