A search interface on the home page provides access to the profiles and detailed online presentations (showcasing the products & services) of the RTA Business Partners, and for others in the RTA Community.
Search - The vertical search system allows searches to be refined by; region, country, city or province, category, sub-category, price bracket, physical access requirements (or limitations), and by opening period. Alternatively, the keyword search feature may be used.
As you enter your choices in each field, the results counter number reduces, indicating the number of matches available to you. Clicking on ‘SEARCH’ takes you to a search results page that displays your shortlist of choices. They are listed by (a) membership level: bronze, silver, gold, platinum. (b) date of registration. The order within each category can be further prioritised by (c) best practice and service standard score.
Your Online Presentation - Is showcased through a flexible format, multi-page, interactive presentation of your products and services in a user-friendly way. Some creative design is allowed in; content template options, image, and video upload, interactive databases, mouse activated icon explanations.
The content menu varies depending on member category and typically covers; home, our story, product & pricing, best practices database, personalised service database, news & events, gallery, my comments, barter trade, my blog, and communications and booking log.
It allows you to record and the Local Agent to review, your stated service preferences; languages, transport, guide service, accommodation, dietary, medical and physical access, in the hope of providing for them where possible.
It includes a record of your hobbies and interests, so that the Local Agent may inform you of any events related to them taking place in the destination during the time of your visit.
The search results page panels and the online profiles themselves are template-based, for easy navigation and icons used are explained (if needed) when you put your mouse over them.
Note* This the beta version is still under development. The 20+ online business profiles loaded onto the system are in many cases still 'incomplete' and the best practices loaded are samples only.
Research – As the key to a really good travel experience relies on good research, The system allows you to conduct your own with the help of; related articles, video, photography, blogs, verified guest comments, forums, and more.
The Enquiry & Booking System - The RTA Local Agent facilitated 'communications and booking log' allows the RTA Ambassador and RTA Special Interest Travel Operator to compile, cost, fine-tune and then book a highly customised itinerary tailored to meet their specific interests, schedule, and budget.