Chennai-based Rural Tourism Network Enterprise (RTNE), an online platform that allows users to book accommodation in rural travel destinations of India is soon going to launch a Global Distribution System (GDS) for budget accommodation facilities which is said to be operational by September. Any travel company interested in accessing the inventory of RTNE need to register with RTNE website (for free) with certain details. After the verification, company will receive user account and login IDs to access the inventory.
Saurabh Jha, Team Member, RTNE said, “With increasing popularity of Rural Tourism in India, more and more travel operators are focusing on this segment. However, due to scarcity of accommodation options in rural destinations, it is tough to sell these destinations. Thus, by aggregating all budget accommodation options, we are building a GDS to enhance the Rural Tourism segment and also provide budget accommodation to travellers in metro cities.”
The company has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bengaluru-based Magicrooms where it will supply budget accommodation inventory (home-stays, farm-stays, guest houses, small hotels and resorts) to the latter. Along with a network of over 400 travel agents across India, RTNE has 14 franchises – 3 in Konkan region of Maharashtra, 4 in Uttarakhand, 2 in Himachal Pradesh, 2 in Sikkim, 2 in Karnataka and 1 in Tamil Nadu.