New Idea In Travel Planning
Travel agents bid on trips posted by consumers
A new website, www.OfferMeaTrip.com, is attempting to develop a new way for travel agents to capture consumers who are planning a trip. The program works like this: consumers post their wish list in terms of what they are looking for in their trip, and agents then bid on their business.
Users of the London-based service begin by telling what kind of trip they'd like to take, including how much they want to spend, over how long a time, and what types of activities they enjoy. The company's network of approved travel agents — it accepts only those who are ABTA/TTA and/or ATOL registered — can then choose to make offers on a corresponding trip. Offers are presented in the form of tailored, personalized, on-line holiday brochures thanks to the site's simple, online brochure creator. The consumer in question then chooses the offer that's most appealing to them, and OfferMeaTrip helps them connect with the agent for booking and payment confirmation.
Using OfferMeaTrip is free for travelers. For agents, it's currently free as well through a special, pre-launch introductory offer.
Providing yet another excellent example of an intention-based service, OfferMeaTrip currently appears to focus primarily on UK travelers and agents.