Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) has come up with a series of projects under its ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives, providing technological solutions to small travel agents to help them manage their businesses at a low cost. In times of distress, GPS could be setting a new standard for the new normal.
Taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar’ message, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, says that their initiatives under the banner give them an opportunity to make agents independent or ‘Atmanirbhar’. “We have a large following of 50,000-plus travel professionals across India. With these initiatives, we are bringing the cheapest solutions in the world for travel agents so that they can have a portal of their own. All the products we are offering with our partners are cloud-based solutions,” he adds.
GPS is now offering cashless digital payment solutions to travel agents in partnership with EASEBUZZ. Elaborating on the partnership, he says, “It is a subscription-based model and free of cost.” To this, Rohit Prasad, Director, EASEBUZZ, adds, “Our platform is very easy to use. We only take 2-3 KYC documents and the idea is to make it very convenient so that even a non-technical person can use the platform. From a console to a dashboard, we give the complete package.”
GST-ready accounting solution
Since accounting is a must for everyone, they are now offering a GST-ready accounting solution for the travel and retail industry in association with Infozeal eSolutions. Anand shares, “It was initially a desktop-based solution and we have been partnering with them for GPS. Now, they have brought in a cloud-based solution.”
Sharing details of the product, Mahesh Patel, Director, Infozeal eSolutions, says, “It is a back-office management product called ePrompt. Users can create invoices, credit notes, transport vouchers, excursion vouchers, handicap services, visa services and other miscellaneous services in this
product. One doesn’t have to know about accounting.”
Own booking engine
“Today, a booking platform will not cost less than `5 lakh. The solution we offer can allow travel agents to have a portal of their own. The cost for the platform will be based on their GPS membership. For Elite members, it’s `5,000; for Gold members, `6,000; Silver members, `7,000; for basic membership, `9,000; and for non-members, `10,000. By becoming a member, though, one gets benefits and the membership fee is already recovered by subscribing. The monthly subscription is `1,000-2,000 only. All of this put together makes it one of the cheapest solutions globally. One doesn’t even need to get a server, as all these things are taken care of by our technology partner.”
Harmandeep Singh Anand
“We are giving them technical solutions, which means that they can still use their own GDS and login details of various airlines. The only thing is that they can connect on the technology platform, which we are providing to them, to go online. This is for agents who are not online. Those who are already online, they can switch to our portal in case they are not happy with their current solution, and get affordable technology. We are charging only a small setup fee that ranges from `5,000-10,000, apart from the subscription fee.” –Ajay Jain, Director, Inluence Technolabs