CIE Tours International has joined the EZguider leisure booking platform, expanding its electronic distribution of escorted tours for Ireland, Britain and Europe, according to Brian W. Stack, managing director of CIE Tours International. EZguider is a service of Vacation.com, the 5,100 agency member travel marketing group.
The new relationship gives Vacation.com member agents access to CIE's escorted tour product via EZguider's advanced search engine, which captures real-time prices and availability from numerous tour providers and displays them side-by-side. Once a tour is selected from the search results, EZguider then provides rich content about the trip to close the sale.
Through EZguider, agents can choose land-only packages or bundle with CIE's air for air-and-land packages. Agents can also make a deposit or pay for the entire trip in full directly through EZguider. Deposit and full-payment reservations return a confirmation number directly from CIE's in-house reservations system.
This new direct connection with CIE's central reservation system brings nearly 2,500 escorted tours available for shopping, quoting and booking through EZguider, CIE notes.
“Once I saw a demonstration, it became a top priority to get our product into EZguider,” said Stack. “I've never seen anything like it, and I was delighted to see that it supports our air options, too.”
“CIE Tours adds more escorted tours to an already robust selection of preferred supplier products found in EZguider, which also includes Viking Tours, Cosmos and Globus, along with cruises, insurance and scheduled air,” said Steve Tracas, Vacation.com's president & CEO. “No other reservation system offers so many bookable escorted tour products in one place, and our members can use it to search and book for free.”
CIE Tours International offers more than 50 escorted coach tours of Ireland, Britain, Italy and Eastern Europe, as well as over a dozen deluxe European river cruises. The CIE Tours vacation program also provides independent self-drive and city-based vacations in Ireland, as well as independent city-based vacations in London.
Agents can visit www.EZguider.net to learn more about the leisure-selling tool, while Vacation.com members can visit AgentNet to launch EZguider.