Softvoyage Enhances Cruises Engine With Direct-Connects
has announced enhancements to its Cruises shopping engine, highlighted by
direct connections to the reservation systems of major lines including
Carnival, MSC, RCI and NCL.
says the direct connects will materially enrich its content and augment
the number of cruise offers available for Canadian tour operators and
travel agents using SIREV. It will also benefit online travel agencies
that are using Softvoyage’s business-to-consumer e-commerce solutions.
revamped Cruises module will be released early in the fall, in time
for the upcoming winter season. Softvoyage says the project represents a
significant investment, but it believes the market justifies it.
well over 2 million Canadians who have been on 1 or more cruise trips
during the past 3 years according to a report from the Conference Board of
Canada. As Canadian travellers seek different experiences, that number has
more than doubled over the last 10 years and is expected to continue
to grow significantly,” says Softvoyage CEO Steve Ringuet.
informally with a number of travel agents and tour operators in recent
months, and believe there is a growing need for a seamless integration of
major cruises’ lines content and systems to the Canadian ecosystem,”
added Dan Langevin, Softvoyage V.P. Sales & Marketing. “Our integration
will allow both Canadian tour operators and travel agents to access,
manage and market this content more efficiently and
with more flexibility than with the solutions currently available. It
will be possible to sell cruises à-la-carte, alone or as part of a bundle (for
example flights + cruises) or as pre-packages. Cruise lines will
also have the ability to sell their cruises directly.”
also include a revamp of its shopping experience and the introduction
of better tools. All of SIREV’s key features will be available
through the Cruises module, including single sign-on, mark-ups/discounts,
the Personalized Brochure, TripBook and merge-backs.