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Why do I need an itinerary software during COVID?

Author: G Vijay Iyer
Date: 2020-08-11

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Are you a travel agent? Were you considering buying software for itinerary and travel management but stopped mid-way due to the COVID-19 situation? What would you do with itinerary software in the time of a pandemic you ask? 

It is true that travel is practically at a standstill right now. Also that there are no enquiries, and people are scared to travel for a vacation, yet here we are telling you why it makes sense to have an itinerary software at disposal if you are a travel agent.

Importance of a Travel Itinerary software

Travel business in smaller sectors is usually heavily dependent on manpower for tasks. With no income, it becomes difficult to maintain such costs and letting labour go renders such businesses incapacitated. Having itinerary software can fill this gap and actually even increase efficiency, that too at a fraction of the labour cost, if chosen wisely. 

Again, many travel agents would rely on travelers that would walk into their booking office, look for a day itinerary, and make cash transactions. Till now many such agents believe that once the cases reduce, this will happen again. However, in the light of the travel restrictions and norms, this may no longer be a possibility. The government of India advisory stipulates the need for every travel agent to use the digital itinerary and maintain all communication logs to the customers during his/her trip. There are some awesome software already in the market that help agents to quickly share a detailed digital itinerary and keep a log of all communication. Some software also help to easily track enquiries and connect from anywhere too.

The Way Forward

Many travel agents have shut shop, gone back to alternate modes of survival, and some have even contemplated changing their professions. But the true death of a business lies in unpreparedness. With the right tools, your software will not only create an itinerary that you can easily share but also give you the opportunity to market yourself and stay connected with potential travelers as soon as the market seems ready. With recovery rates going bullish, it is predicted that future travel enquiries should pour in when recovery rates surpass the new cases.

So, as an agent, having good, economical itinerary software with the added features discussed above is a sure-shot way to stay afloat. This is how agents should prepare themselves for the future wave of pent up demand from travelers who have been held up at homes for way too long. Till then stay home, stay safe, prepare yourself for the future.

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