Smart integrations and better service
Vincit and Ikaalinen Travel contemplated, how the trips should be put together – and what are the things that make experiences special. Guided by this groundwork, the online service was promptly created, while the analytics-driven development process ensured that the overall solution was both customer-oriented and functional.
The flexibility was further developed in 2017 as the flight reservations were integrated into a widely used Sabre GDS travel reservation system. This integration enables purchasing flights real-time, straight from the airlines. At the same time, the travel agency’s risks that arise when they first have to buy – and then try to sell – allocated seats.
In 2018, a similar kind of integration was done into Sunhotels hotel room reservation system, while active development work continued on other areas. The most recent renewal is TIM Travel that was launched at the end of 2021. TIM provides trips especially for those who do not necessarily view themselves as typical travel agency customers.
The development continues
At the moment, travel industry is going through a time of changes as the consumer needs become more versatile. In addition, outside influences such as the Covid-19 keep making predictions even more difficult. The digitalization of operations, data-driven decision-making and smart integrations have helped Ikaalinen Travel to discover the path to success even at times when the overall industry has faced unexpected pressures to change. That is why flexibility and opportunities to react quickly are being continuously developed in collaboration with Vincit. The next improvements will focus on online store, enterprise resource planning and data platform.