Tours & Travels Online Booking Portal

  • Client Domain: Tours & Travels
  • Location: Iceland
  • Industry: Travel

In today’s time, most of the customers want to plan their tours and travels online. Hence, for such a business, it is a mandate to develop an interactive eCommerce website for that. A website that’s well suited for heavy traffic and has a high loading speed with secure payment integration.

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Expertise

  • Web & Enterprise Portals
  • eCommerce

Verticals

  • Travel & Hospitality

Technologies Used

  • MVC5
  • SQL server 2012
  • jQuery, Web Api
  • 3rd Party payment tools
  • TFS
  • Jira

Client Requirements

  • Convert the existing static website to an interactive eCommerce portal.
  • Integrate 3rd party payment systems and building online payment portal.
  • Fetching data from local search engines and Google sheets.

Challenges

While developing the website, we faced the following major challenges:

  • Making the web portal fast and able to handle heavy traffic.
  • Syncing data from local search engine to website database.
  • Accesing agent data from Google sheets.

Result

We overcame the challenges and delivered an interactive, fast, secure and user friendly website replacing the old static one. We made the payment process faster and secure. Along with this, we reduced their manual booking cost by making the process completely online. By syncing with the local search engine, the number of website visitors also got increased. Thus the client met his target of reducing cost and providing better customer experience.

Business Situation

Our client is a renowned name in the Travel industry of Iceland. They offer a complete range of tours and travels packages for different kind of customers all across Iceland. Their website was earlier static in nature only useful to get contact details and it was not able to provide all the functionalities they required. Hence they planned to develop an e-store that is able to load fast and provide customers a better experience. That’s why they hired ValueCoders at the first place. Moreover, they wanted to add a few functionalities along with the development process.

When they hired us, we were provided with the following requirements:

  • Convert the existing static website to an interactive eCommerce portal.
  • Integrate 3rd party payment systems and building online payment portal.
  • Fetching data from local search engines and Google sheets.

While developing the website, we faced the following major challenges:

  • Making the web portal fast and able to handle heavy traffic.
  • Syncing data from local search engine to website database.
  • Accesing agent data from Google sheets.

However, we overcame the challenges with our technical expertise. The former site was slow to load because of it’s data fetching system. We made separate year wise indexing using SQL table partitioning algorithm which made it easier to fetch data from the server in less time. We did structure mapping with JSON Api and synchronized with local search engine to make it easier to get data access. We applied a custom based online/offline sync process for better job scheduling. Moreover, we called Google Api to fetch Agent data from Google sheet.

How The Software Works

ValueCoders has to revamp the complete website in order to meet the specific requirements the client had. First of all, we analysed the former website in order to check the functionalities. We understood the changes required to be made and fixed the timeline. First of all we decided to redesign the complete website. When it was done, we redesigned the entire database structure using SQL Server 2012. When the client was satisfied with the designs, we started our development process with MVC 5 and jQuery.

After the site was developed, it was time for migrating the old database with the new one. The 3rd party payment integration was done. We added a few amazing functionalities like putting special features for the differently abled travellers, adding options for making it a customised tour and more. Overall, our developers at ValueCoders build a fast loading, high graphics eCommerce site that ensured high revenue and better customer experience.

Future Relationship

ValueCoders successfully executed the website development well within the time frame. The client achieved its target of making an user friendly website and adding custom functions for better customer experience.

It was a learning experience for ValueCoders to work on this development project that has helped the client and brought in repeat business as well. We ensured that the client and the development team were on the same page by frequent collaboration and regularly making use of project reporting tools. Agile methodologies were used throughout the time to discuss, improve and implement solutions before the final delivery of the application.

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