Travel Network Group poised to launch ‘Honeycomb’ DP tech

Travel agency consortia The Travel Network Group is poised to officially launch its new dynamic packaging technology to its members on April 30 as new Atol rules come in.

Honeycomb, which has been built entirely in-house, offers agents in the Travel Trust Association and Worldchoice consortia access to around 40 business partners’ product.

It has also been configured to meet new Atol Flight-Plus consumer protection regulations due to be phased in from April 30.

The booking system allows agents to package up their own holidays and protect them under the Travel Network’s own Atol.

It will create all the necessary paperwork for agents including the new Atol certificates which are due to come in in November this year and will set out exactly how the consumer is protected.

The system has been showcased to agents at numerous roadshows including a forum held in London last week.

Gary Lewis, Travel Network Group managing director, said: “Honeycomb is a robust dynamic packaging system that allows agents to book everything in one place.”

Lewis said Honeycomb is supported by direct data feeds with the 40 preferred suppliers including flight, accommodation, cruise, and holiday extras.

The Travel Network Group has a second system in place for agents to comply with Atol rules called Atol Angel.

This is an administration system that produces the right paperwork and works out what the agents must pay in VAT and tax under the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (TOMS).

The system allows agents to add a margin if they are working on net rates and marking up.

Standard Atol Angel comes with supplier failure cover while Gold Plated Atol also offers product liability but covers a more restricted range of suppliers.

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