Direct Travel Launches Leisure Air, Hotel Booking Tool

Travel management company Direct Travel has launched a new air and hotel booking platform to support its leisure travel advisors. The new tool, Direct Lift, will offer access to air and hotel agreements coupled with an easy-to-use interface that can be accessed 24/7 across the world.

The new platform with a user-friendly interface acts as a one-stop shop, enabling Direct Travel’s advisors to reserve, ticket, change, cancel and invoice air transactions; and reserve and invoice hotel bookings. Advisors who join Direct Travel will have access to the platform.

Vivienne Kouba, vice president of Direct Travel’s leisure travel in the U.S. and the driver behind the launch of Direct Lift, said, “We are delighted to be launching this tool to help improve the productivity and profitability of our employees and independent travel advisors. The industry is seeing more and more highly successful travel advisors without global distribution system (GDS) experience, and this tool empowers them to service their clients’ air travel needs with the best pricing in a straightforward interface.”

“Direct Lift has been a game-changer for me. It is super easy to use—no formats to memorize, and the search filters are very helpful. And I can easily add fees as discussed with clients,” said Tracy Nickodem, an early adopter of the tool in the Mequon office.

Direct Travel has 250 employee travel advisors and over 700 independent travel advisors in addition to the agencies it hosts as part of its Direct ASCENT hosting program.

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