Booking site and traditional agency join TravPax

Sri Lanka-based Mackinnons American Express Travel is migrating its bookings and online travel planning to the TravPax system.

Executives from the company, who were attending the TravPax Academy 6 event in Pattaya at the weekend, said the process of keying in data and training was underway.

They expect to have the system fully operational within two months.

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Mackinnons is a one of Sri lanka’s oldest travel agencies that majors in selling outbound tours and airline ticketing.

TravPax will enable it to offer customers almost instant dynamic packaging quotes for travel content including airline ticketing, hotels, transfers, sightseeing, show tickets, insurance and even visa services.

“We need to regain market share compete with online travel agencies and booking website…competition has stiffened in the market place and TravPax will give us the tools to compete,” company executive told TTR Weekly on the sidelines of the Academy 6 event.

Mackinnons American Express Travel is migrating to TravPax 4.4 that offers a fully automated reservation system including “cheapest available rate” selection connected to an unlimited number of non-air wholesalers, multiple GDS and low cost airlines.

Next year it will move to TravPax 5 a completely new project that has all the bells and whistles of a full ‘land GDS’ including back-of-the house management solutions.

Mackinnons Travels (Pvt) Ltd was established in 1971 and gained International Air Transportation Association (IATA) status in 1976. In 1979 they became the sole representative for American Express Travel in Sri Lanka and entered into a joint venture with American Express Travels in October 2002.

For more travel company background visit www.mackinnonstravels.com.

Earlier in the year, Web Sawadee.Com PLC, one of Thailand biggest online hotel booking B2C websites, chose TravPax system to power its best available hotel rates and reservations.

It also enabled Sawadee.com to extend its inventory on a worldwide scale with additional travel services that can be packaged with Sawadee’s hotel offers.

Web Sawadee Plc is one of the leading inbound agencies in Thailand generating 480,000 room-nights with destination Thailand. It served more than 320,000 travellers last year.

It became a Public Limited Company on the Thailand stock exchange in December 2004.