Dotcom agents are finally set to be able to offer a quality dynamically-packageable villas product, as well as accessing thousands of UK holidays for the first time – with the news that Hoseasons products have been integrated into Multicom.
This is the first time that UK self-catering accommodation has been available on the platform, and with domestic tourism enjoying a huge boost due to the strong Euro, the opportunity for agents to offer product from Hoseasons – which has the largest selection of UK self-catering accommodation of any operator – opens up a huge potential new market.
Meanwhile, Hoseasons’ 700 villas in France, Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands), Portugal, Italy, Malta and Gozo, and Cyprus, significantly opens up the opportunities for dynamically packaging this popular type of holiday.
UK holidays have experienced a massive boost in 2008 with the economic situation coupled with the strength of the Euro, and that boom is likely to continue well into 2009 – marking a big prospect for agents to sell breaks in Britain.
As well as being the first UK self-catering operator to be integrated with Multicom, Hoseasons is also the biggest, with easily the largest selection of self-catering accommodation in cottages, lodges and holiday parks.
Over 1,400 personally-inspected cottages will be available for agents in 62 different counties of Britain, both coastal and inland areas. With accommodation ranging in size from two to 50 (in neighbouring properties, and flexible holiday durations including short breaks, this ever-popular type of accommodation is an attractive prospect for online agents. Pets are allowed in many properties – a reason many people choose to holiday in the UK.
Lodge holidays are one of the success stories of the past few years, and the Hoseasons product available on Multicom includes a unique collection of purpose-designed lodges ideal for short breaks and holidays throughout the year, at 160 locations in the UK and Channel Islands. Many offer sought-after features such as hot tubs, and again, pets are allowed in many lodges.
Hoseasons head of sales Zena Calderbank said that the integration into Multicom was a huge opportunity for agents.
“This move opens up huge opportunities for dotcom agents to offer types of holidays which simply haven’t been available to them before. The industry can’t ignore the massive swing towards holidaying in the UK, so now is the very best time for a quality UK product, with a vast choice, to be made available on Multicom.
“Equally, the big range of villas which are also being made available present good prospects for the kind of dynamic packaging with which agents can offer real added value to clients, as well as boosting their own sales.
“We recognise that many of the agents involved won’t yet have UK feeds set up, and we’re looking forward to working with them to open up these opportunities on their systems.”