A NEW Limerick firm is changing they way golfing holidays are booked by saving golfers both time and money.
Golf Voyager currently employs seven workers at its O’Connell Street base and has plans to further expand its sales force in the New Year.
Its founders Fintan Ward and Conor Galvin, explain that “traditionally, if you were to book a golf trip it can take weeks and months sending emails over and back to the tour operator.”
Golf Voyager “is the first ‘real’ dynamic golf package booking engine ever completed worldwide. There is no company out there that has software capable of what we do”, the duo have claimed.
Shortlisted for The HSBC Golf Innovation Awards which will be held in Shanghai, Golf Voyager uses thousands of algorithms, that work in seconds to factor in availability on golf transfers and accommodation which comes from booking.com.
The software allows the customer enter search criteria and a number of fully customisable packages are built in seconds allowing the user to adjust or select and proceed to checkout with instant confirmation.
The idea was born after the friends had difficulty in finding a suitable one-stop-shop website to book a golf holiday online.
“The golf holiday industry has been looking for a solution for many years now to help them sell directly to the public. Golf Voyager provides connectivity and distribution to this industry on a local, national and international level not on our terms but on the terms of the golf courses and hotels,” chief executive Conor Galvin explained.
They are currently offering live availability in Spain with endorsements coming from the Costa Brava Tourist Board and are working closely with tourist boards to reduce prices even further.
GolfVoyager.com is powering over 200 European golf affiliated websites with their widgets and are planning to double their workforce in Limerick as they expand on destinations with Portugal, the UK and Ireland all coming online in the New Year.