Custom FIT and custom group tour operator Avanti Destinations debuted its new website this week, increasing user-friendliness and introducing a new password-protected agent portal. The revamped site now offers a consumer-facing side where travelers can search Avanti’s products, as well as an agent-facing side that outlines pricing details.
“The new site reaffirms Avanti’s commitment to selling exclusively through our travel agent partners, not direct to consumers,” said Avanti’s COO Mark Grundy.
According to Grundy, when travel agents’ clients visit the site avantidestinations.com, they will see basic information about suggested itineraries, types of products and destinations. They will not be able to look at pricing or detailed product information, such as Avanti’s hotel selection.
Accredited agents can register for and access the password-protected agent portal at book.avantidestinations.com. This side of the site includes all product information and a dashboard for each agent that will display all bookings, commissions and communications with the company. Here they an create, review and modify bookings, apply payment and check on confirmation status. To help agents adjust and learn the new features, the site also offers a chat function, step-by-step tutorials and training videos.
Avanti has sold customized independent vacations, custom group travel and individual travel products since 1981. The tour operator offers air, rail, rental cars, hotels, sightseeing and attractions, transfers and experiential options in destinations in Europe, Asia and Central and South America.