How Travel Agents Can Maximize Last Minute Bookings with IAVRA.com

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B2B holiday rental company helps Villa Agents fill up their summer calendars with a special offer for new Travel Agents.

In an effort to fill up the remaining few weeks in the summer property calendars, B2B holiday property rental site http://www.IAVRA.com is offering new Travel Agents a special promotion. Following a 30 day no obligation Free Trial, agents will be able to subscribe to the platform on a reduced €35 monthly fee for the first year. With the growing trend of last minute bookers, IAVRA’s special promotion offers smart agents an easy way to try offering holiday rentals, without making a financial commitment, and yet making a guaranteed minimum 10% commission.

According to the The New York Times , “An improving economy and the corporate travel that goes with it seem to be converging with a population for whom booking travel online has become increasingly onerous and time-consuming.” Travel Agents not only offer expert knowledge but can also provide the timesaving support that makes their service worthwhile and often not at an extra cost. In fact, in most cases the agent is working off commissions from the suppliers and is not charging the client extra fees. IAVRA properties are guaranteed to be offered at the lowest price so that the client is unable to search for the property online and cut out the agent. IAVRA provides transparency for the travel agent so that they can book with confidence knowing that they will not have to negotiate with the agent on commissions or prices. Consumers’ time is precious, but equally, as partner Tianna Moquette explains, “We know that our clients’ most valuable asset is their time. If travel agents are going to consider tapping into the holiday rental market then the process needs to be easy, efficient and cost-effective.”

An uncertain economic environment affects consumer travel spending habits and yet the demand for leisure travel remains strong. As the ABTA Travel Trends 2012 Report predicted, much like last year consumers are booking their travel more last minute “as they cautiously wait and see what happens to the job market, exchange rates and the economy.” IAVRA’s reporting statistics have reflected a similar trend as summer enquiries for top holiday rental destinations such as Spain, Italy and France were slightly down in January through March when compared with the same time last year. However May and June saw an increase in activity, as travel consumers look to firm up their holiday plans.

Greece, which is traditionally a late booking market, has seen a sudden boost following the recent elections. As TTG Digital reported, with the election result suggesting that Greece will remain part of the Eurozone “operators hope it will spell an end to uncertainty for the country and its tourism industry”. IAVRA’s Greek villa agents are confident that the remaining peak calendar weeks will be booked up. “Of our 3600+ properties across 49 countries, 350 are breathtaking properties in Greece. Ranging from €500 a week to €62,000 a week, our Greek portfolio really offers something for everyone”, says partner Sybil Napolitano.

Despite the slow start, summer destinations are in high demand at the moment, ranging from European getaways in the South of France, Spain, and Italy to city escapes in Paris and London. IAVRA’s listings include properties in all of these destinations, as well as the best winter accommodation across the world’s finest ski resorts. With over 140 villa agents signed up to the site, IAVRA’s biggest collections are in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean and Mexico. And with an expansive portfolio of properties across North and South America as well as Asia, it offers a comprehensive, global selection of properties to meet any client’s request. Condé Nast Traveller is constantly on the lookout for the best in international accommodation, compiling select lists of the world’s top villas. Many of the properties listed on IAVRA continue to top these lists, a testament to the high standards of the property companies that are subscribers.

IAVRA is for smart agents looking for new revenue streams and the tools that will help them save time and make more money. The 30 day free trial and spring promotion provide the perfect opportunity for travel professionals to test the platform with no financial risk and minimal time-investment. With an IAVRA subscription agents have access to an international network of vetted, quality agents on a trusted platform. Sign-up for a free trial on http://www.iavra.com and quote promo code: SPRINGPROMO for the no obligation €35 a month reduced rate.

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