Independent Travel Portal for Europe: New
Menace for Travel Giants?
This new site was established thanks to
an unique initiative of four Dutch brothers Veraart, all fervent
travellers and, moreover, enthusiastic Internet users.
(INB) -- Recently the Internet began offering
consumers the option of obtaining any conceivable travel information
about Europe from one website: http://www.Eurotrotter.com
based in the Netherlands. This new site was established thanks to
an unique initiative of four Dutch brothers Veraart, all fervent travellers
and, moreover, enthusiastic Internet users.
The initiative is based on their experience that the present offering
of travel sites is merely geared towards booking instead of taking
advantage of the power of Internet to surf extensively the thousands
of sites of local organizations or to learn more about habits and
customs in a specific area, the local cuisine, excursions, etc.
"The search is the most fun part of preparing for the trip," explains
Yke Veraart, one of the initiators and manager of the company. "Our
site visitors will not be forced to accept the narrow offer of most
travel agencies." He points out that many will decide to find their
own accommodations via the hundreds of local agencies and tourist
offices that lease houses in any category, from wooden cabins to
private castles. They will also discover that making separate reservations
for accommodation and transportation often can be far cheaper than
purchasing a combined package.
Consumer quality control
According to Veraart, the success of http://www.Eurotrotter.com
stands or falls with the quality of the site's content; therefore,
much time is spent in preparation, particularly in selecting the
sites. Today the portal contains more than 3000 quality sites on
Europe, and that number is growing.
In order to maintain a high level of quality, active dialogue
with visitors is sought. Says Veraart, "Visitors are invited to
make suggestions for information to be included so that we can make
Eurotrotter as complete as possible." In line with this view, a
few months after the site has been running, Eurotrotter intends
to give consumers the opportunity to exchange their experiences,
though these plans are still in the drafting stage. As Veraart puts
it, "Quality is paramount, and that includes feedback. We want to
facilitate communication between consumers in seven languages, and
we intend to provide more than just a chat box."
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