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The Villa Booking Platform technology enables customers to search, discover and book villa inventory directly through your travel platform.
Villas require a bespoke booking platform due to their higher price point, special amenities and extras as well as the requirement of additional property and location information. Instead of enquiring for a particular villa, the Advanced villa booking platform integrates with the Kognitiv Bed bank technology to enable customers to book direct from your website which in turn synchronises with your inventory in real-time. (See the Inventory management suite for details on our Bed bank technology).
Is the technology compatible with other modules on my website?
As the platform is built around our eVolve CMS the Advanced villa booking platform will sit in your website compatible with other modules including the search box (as well as multi-lingual and multi-currency functionality).
The first field in the search box is a destination field. This can be modified to show property types, certain locations and particular resorts. The customer does not have to select a particular date to search and can also search with flexible dates.
As well as being searched as a standalone product, villa search is compatible with dynamic packaging.
How does it work?
There are a various ways the customer can display the results through the view option buttons.
You can include villa information in the available selections such as a description, lead-in price and custom icons. Villas can show a badges on the thumbnail image and above the description such as ‘Newly Added’. There are also detailed sorting options as well as detailed villa specific filtering parameters.
Selecting a villa will take you to the villa landing page where you can view an image gallery, further villa information and distances to local amenities such as the beach and local town centre as well as head straight the basket page.
Also within the villa landing page are tabs with built-in functionalities. The customer can view detailed villa highlights, an availability calendar and location information through an interactive Google Map.
From this page, customers can even add the villa to their favourites list, select from similar villas and evolve the booking into a dynamic package by adding flights. When the customer adds flights then a villa & flights live price estimate will appear.
Within the availability calendar the customer can add passengers and update the pricing without reloading the page. In the location tab there is a link to ‘view nearby villas’ which enables the customer to view similar nearby villas (you can even filter the results).
When selecting ‘Book Now’ the customer will enter the basket page, (unless they are searching for a dynamic package in which case the customer will choose flights first). Here, customers can add any optional extras to all their travel products, view a summary of their booking and enter passenger details.
The Advanced villa booking platform puts power at your customer’s fingertips and maximises the revenue from every booking.