By Ozolua Uhakheme, Assistant Editor (Arts)
One-prevent modern Vacation HUB, a collaborative travel company system that supplies actual physical and virtual workplace spaces/facilities to approaching and credible agencies, opened just lately at Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos. It is an initiative of passionate practitioners in the sector who noticed the traits (pre and article-Covid 19) and made a decision to devote in having Travel Company off the streets into bodily and virtual offices with credible spot specifics and identification.
According to Chief Government of Travel & Logistics Centre Minimal and a member of Vacation HUB, Mr. Yinka Folami the use of the facility will come at no immediate overhead costs to young, future, and credible journey practitioners that are passionate about the vacation marketplace.
The HUB, he reported, also aggregates the collaborative buys of airline tickets and other related travel products and solutions, and coordinates the skilled carry out of customers for regulatory compliance.
“Travel HUB also supports customers at moments of need as a result of a credibly set up cooperative modern society (Esusu) and obtain to HMO. Hub customers are fondly referred to as Hubbers. Travel HUB is an aggregator, in response to the require for collaboration and for robust conversations in the field. Travel HUB is a strong bridge to achievements in the journey industry,” he mentioned.
Folami discussed that the concept driving Travel HUB is to continue to say no to faceless briefcase agents that tout the market, lots of of whom unsuspecting travellers have fallen scam-victims to. He added that it is also to redeem the reliability of authentic and specialist travel practitioners consistently battered by repeated stories of superior incidences of fraud in the business.
“Unknown to the travelling general public, numerous of us credible vacation organizations are seriously invested in education, funds, and capacity and do not have earned the negative perception. Folami is emphatic that, today, Ticketing is a comprehensive artwork that requires professional provider inclination and consulting strategy. The Travel agent consequently demands to be discovered in a ‘good place’ and not on the road,” Folami observed.
He pressured that ‘coming collectively is the commencing, remaining with each other is progress, and doing the job jointly is success.’
Among the the characteristics of the Travel HUB are the followings: collective platform collaboration speak with just one voice, free of charge office environment facility and perform stations and assembly room capacity teaching and functions, constant instruction, shared studying, In-house GDS guidance, airline briefings and incentives to Hub brokers, Aggregation of Very best Fares
Most effective Travel Purchases (Tour, Visa, Protocol), Finance Advisory, Aid for whole Regulatory Compliance, Electronic Pass/Skilled Id (Chip enabled) Zero Bank Promise. Others are Hub Catering Assistance, Cost-free To start with Amount HMO, Thrift & Cooperative Modern society (Esusu) voluntary
Know Your Clients (KYC).
In his remark, a veteran in journey and the recent BOT Chairman National Affiliation of Nigeria Journey Businesses Mr. Dayo Adeola explained that the idea is not totally new, but that the distinctive position is that Journey HUB is additional targeted on the energy and advancement of the upcoming agents referred to in the industry as Sub-Brokers. The vital choose-out below is ‘One Voice’, which is solid and commendable. He considered that Vacation HUB warrants applause, and that travel agency will certainly get more intriguing put up-Covid-19.
The Travel HUB initiative was also endorsed by a protection skilled and CEO Halogen Group Mr. Wale Olaoye who is a stickler for verifiable id. In his words and phrases ‘the logic is straightforward, I am a recurrent traveler myself, ahead of you part with your funds, do your KYC’. Travellers on their portion are recommended not to patronize any travel agent that does not have apparent identity traceable to a credible area and trade association like NANTA…that simple!’