At the 2012 Indaba this year we started a partnership with our talented and very good friends from nightsbridge (who are well known for their LIVE online accommodation booking system). The launch of ActivityBridge at this year’s Travel Trade Indaba is the latest product from Nightsbridge.
It’s taken two years and lots of consultation but ActivityBridge.com is bridging the gap between activities and realtime bookings and it’s live and rolling out. ActivityBridge.com provides online distribution, booking and payment services for activities, events and fixed-departure tours.
Many people asked if they could use the NightsBridge software for activities, since there is such a need for realtime online booking. However, activity providers and tour operators have such different requirements from accommodation suppliers, that NightsBridge couldn’t just adapt their existing accommodation system. Instead they chose to write a tailor-made solution, which required a lot of research and development.
So whether you’re offering donkey-cart rides in the Karoo, a once-off event at your restaurant or lodge, or a 5-day trip up the Garden Route, Activitybridge can assist with both a management system for your business, as well as the ability to offer realtime booking. The results speak for themselves and the client feedback so far is great.
You might have already seen the picture above of an excited Sally & Barbara, celebrating with Neil at Indaba 2012 who put live some of the things to do in the Cape Point Route – the first web portal to go live with activity bridge! . Take a look at the Horse Riding option on Noordhoek Beach, or Shark Cage Diving in False Bay under their Activities menu.
How does it work:
The idea with ActivityBridge is to offer the traveller the opportunity to book an activity in realtime as well as providing a booking system for the activity providers and a booking and management system for accommodation providers, destination marketing organisations or tour operators. This means that any tourism supplier can promote activities in an area, by making them part of an online booking process. After all, no one books a holiday just to sleep, no matter how fine the linen is. Everyone wants to DO something!
A Process in Progress:
Although there is still a lot of work to do to make this vision a working reality, it is a massive step forward for marketing the South Peninsula as the destination of choice in the Cape and all the wonderful activities we have to offer in addition to the great places to stay (which are already bookable online!).
So what’s next???
Cape Point Route will be inviting all our favourite activity providers in the south peninsula of Cape Town to a meeting on so we can explain the workings of the system. Let’s be the first destination in South Africa to have a comprehensive activity booking system online!
If you are not from the Cape Point Route – we suggest you get in touch with ActivityBridge.com and set up your own realtime live availability system for your region! Cape Point Route envisages a great partnership and additional cross-marketing opportunities providing added value for all our guests who visit the south peninsula.
Cape Point Route Contact Details:
Tel: 021 782 9356