Why it rates:
With GOGO Vacations increased effort on group travel, agents can book groups online 24/7, along with quoting, invoicing, payment and other trip management options.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor
The more people you book, the more you make; that’s always been a given, although possibly not a focus for leisure travel agents. GOGO Vacations, in its continuous effort to help travel agents drive sales and revenue, is putting an increased effort on group travel.
The wholesaler has noted a double-digit increase in year-over-year group business in 2018. Why not book one trip for 20 people versus a trip for two? The wholesaler is planting this strategic seed to drive profitability. One of the greatest takeaways for agents is that a “group” can be as little as five rooms, not the standard 10 that typically define such a booking.
From destination weddings to milestone birthday events, anniversary trips and more, GOGO Vacations has added the following to its GOGroups arsenal for travel agents:
Group Technology powered by Softrip:
GOGO Vacations has partnered with Softrip to take group technology booking to the next level. With online quoting, invoicing, payment and other trip management options, it streamlines the process making it fast, accurate and profitable.
Travel agents now have 24-hour access to their groups. The new GOGroups Softrip technology allows the travel agent to book passengers into their group, book individual air, upgraded transfers, access individual invoices and documents, apply payments and add travel agent service fees.
Your Group, Your Choice. With the unveiling ofthis new initiative there is increased flexibility in clients traveling in groups of five rooms or more. The fact that the room count is half the “typical” requirement for a group booking, with all of the benefits, is a first for the long-time wholesaler.
Travel agents can now book groups online 24/7, there is no need to wait to speak to someone or complete bookings in typical business hours. Agents have the added value of group benefits and concessions without signing a group contract, which is a major plus and time-saver. Any of GOGO’s contracted rates, promotions and offers can be applied to the group booking.As an added bonus, My Time perks and amenities are applicable to the group bookings at all participating resorts. Commissionablecoverage options are, of course, available for all group transactions.
New Upgraded Travel Wallets & Luggage Tags:
Travel agentswill make all of their clients feel like VIPs and get them excited about the trip from the moment their documents arrive. GOGO Vacations has unveiled new, sleek black travel wallets, the perfectsize for passports and necessary travel documents, and luggage tags.
“It’s not just about volume of bookings, it’s about efficiency and streamlining the process,” said President John Van den Heuvel of GOGO Vacations. “Group travel is lucrative for travel agents and we want to be sure we supply them with the best possible strategies and tools to maximize productivity and accuracy, freeing up time to help additional clients. We believe we’re equipping agents with what they need to be most successful in the group travel arena.”
For more info travel agents can visit gogowwv.com/content/gogroups-select,
call GOGO Vacations’ dedicated groups line at 866.484.1272 or head to gogowwv.com