International travel agency network Schmetterling integrates bus GDS Distribusion into Schmetterling Argus
The international travel agency network Schmetterling, with more than 3.500 independent travel agencies in Europe, cooperates with the long distance coaches and shuttle bus GDS Distribusion Technologies (www.distribusion.com). Launching today, more than 3 million bus rides in Europe are now bookable in the Schmetterling price comparison system Schmetterling Vanessa, the CRS system Schmetterling Neo and the Mid- and Backoffice technology Schmetterling Argus.
With the cooperation, Schmetterling extends its portfolio with bus products and provides their travel agents with a solution to book bus rides of multiple providers in one single system. Travel agents will be able to book a large number of long distance coaches and shuttle bus services. The portfolio covers more than 60 bus operators with rides to more than 1.500 destinations in Europe.
Distribusion has been integrated with a new, separate bus tab within in the consulting and price comparison system Schmetterling Vanessa. Selected rides will be transferred into the in-house CRS Schmetterling Neo and can be directly booked. With this technical evolution, customer consulting and ticket booking will be clearly faster and simplified for travel agents.
“Long distance coaches are now part of residential travel agency sales.” commentated Anya Müller-Eckert, General Manager of Schmetterling the unique technical solution provided by the pacesetter in Travel Technology. “Thanks to the cooperation with Distribusion, our travel agency partners are now able to book various bus services at low costs and effort. The automatic transfer of bookings to the Schmetterling Argus mid- and backoffice system ensures a very convenient handling for travel agents and leads to lowest possible processing time for bookings.“
Also Distribusion is convinced that both sides will benefit from the cooperation since “buses are a great product to generate additional earnings for travel agencies. Due to the large number of direct city connections, buses are very versatile and flexible to use for travelers all around the world. With bus products, travel agencies can easily offer a complete door-to-door travel experience.” comments Julian Hauck, founder and CEO of Distribusion.
Schmetterling Reisen GmbH & Co. KG, Germany’s largest independent, medium-sized tourism sales and distribution company, consolidates the whole tourism world under one umbrella. Europe’s largest, independent international travel agency network with more than 3.500 members is just one part of the company, as well as the technology division, representing Europe’s leading and pace setting unique travel technology full service package specified for travel agent’s needs. The portfolio is completed by a tour operator arranging group tours and school trips under the brand „2,3 Butterfly“. The family run business was founded by Willi Müller in 1970.
About Distribusion Technologies
Distribusion develops the leading global distribution system (GDS) for intercity bus and shuttle rides. The Berlin based travel tech company connects resellers such as travel and mobility websites, OTAs and travel agencies with bus operators worldwide. Distribusion already integrated more than 60 bus operators from 25 countries into the system. Today, the company provides 3.2 million bookable rides, covering 1.500 destinations in Europe, to online resellers with 10 million visitors per month as well as to 4.000 travel agencies worldwide. Bus operators benefit from a full booking solution including rides management, distribution, ticketing, payment, billing and encashment.