The 50 Best Regional OTAs in 2020
Over the last month, we have made an effort to publish articles about companies in the industry, in order to do everything in our power to drive traffic and brand awareness to many great companies in our industry. After writing about travel niche OTAs, IT platforms and wholesalers, in this post, we wanted to present some of the popular regional OTAs around the world.
Love holidays is a UK based OTA that has some unique features and benefits for their customers. In their search widget, they have flexible choice options such as a broad search to any destination and searching within a whole month or a specific date. In addition, they offer monthly payments to spread the cost of your vacation and reserving your vacation with a deposit of £25.
This UK based OTA focuses on beach destinations because, well, everything is better on the beach. They offer flights to over 91 destinations, package deals (flights and hotels ) and a broad "Holiday Finder" search if you are not sure where you want to spend your vacation. They offer payment via Paypal, a rarely seen feature in regional OTAs. Travelers can feel safe booking with On the Beach, since all of their packages are ATOL protected. One of the factors that impressed me about On the Beach is their transparency. You can access via their website their yearly report on their improvement regarding Gender Pay Gap.
The Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (FLT) is one of the world’s largest travel groups and now has more than 20,000 people across the globe. The company’s vast leisure and corporate travel sales network now extends throughout four major regions: Australia and New Zealand, The Americas, EMEA and Asia. They operate both as an OTA and as a brick and mortar travel agency with locations in 23 countries.
Founded in 2003, Travel Republic is a British OTA that offers 300,000 hotels worldwide, along with flights with more than 200 airlines and complete vacation packages to more than 1000 destinations. Their website is truly a one stop shop for travelers, since they offer ancillary products such as booking airport parking, traveler´s insurance and booking of excursions and attractions.
Ostrovok.ru is a Russian online hotel booking service with properties in 220 countries and territories worldwide. They offer over 1.3M different types of accommodation ranging from hotels and hostels to apartments and cottages. Their website is in 15 languages and you can reach their customer support team 24/7.
Bravofly is part of lastminute.com group, a European leader in the online travel and leisure industry, leveraging technology to simplify the life of travelers. Their flight search platform allows you to compare and book the offers of over 350 traditional and low-cost airlines in just a few clicks. One of the unique features of Bravofly is the capability to filter offers based on 11 different methods of payment.
German OTA, FTI Touristik, is part of the large FTI Group, the 3rd largest tour operator in Europe. Currently, you can only search for flights departing from Germany and Western Europe. Their booking widget allows you to also book camper vans, a feature seldomly seen. In addition, their search options offer flexible trip duration and destination features.
Relying on its convenient, advanced, intelligent search technique, China-based Haoqiao has established cooperation relationship with over 420 suppliers and consolidated 1,000,000 hotels from 220 countries.
Viajes El Corte Ingles claims to be the first travel agency in Spain. They are both an OTA and a brick and mortar agency with over 700 shops just in Spain, along with shops in various countries in Latin America. They offer flexible payment options for El Corte Ingles card holders.
Despegar.com Despegar.com is probably the most well-known Latin American OTA. It is definitely the largest OTA, especially after it´s purchase of Viajes Falabella. In addition to being a complete one stop shop, one of the reasons they are so popular is due to their payment plan options for certain travel products.
Tripmasters is a second-generation family travel business based in Maryland, USA which has been in business since 1984. They offer both custom designed itineraries or online booking of flights and hotels as part of a package or as stand-alone products.
Vtours is one of Germany’s leading OTAs. Vtours offers travel products to over 195 destinations worldwide. You can book a stay at any of their 10,000 hotels in their inventory, from hostels to luxury 5 star resorts. They specialize in attractive package deals departing from Germany.
Viajes Carrefour was launched in 2001, initially as a network of 600 offices spread out throughout Spain. Since then, they have transformed into a one stop shop OTA as well. On their site, you can purchase all segments of your travel itinerary, from flight, hotel, cruise, park entrances, car rentals and much more.
The Selectour group in an OTA and the leading network of independent travel agencies in France: 1,200 agencies are members, spread throughout the France and Europe. As a group, their 2018 revenue was more than €2.6 Billion. Their search features are quite advanced, including searching for trips based on unique themes, such as 4x4 excursions, wellness vacations and island hoping.
Brazilian site Hurb started off as Hotel Urbano and quickly became one of Brazil´s most popular OTAs, with a hotel booking taking place every 5 seconds on their site! In addition to hotels, they also offer travel packages with accommodation, flight tickets, transfers, tours and more. They have mastered user experience by creating an esthetic site with a very straight forward hotel booking engine.
Portuguese travel company Viagens Abreu was founded in 1840, making it one of the world´s first travel agencies ever! Viagens Abreu offers an integrated service, with specialized departments covering all the major areas of the business (B2C and B2B, inbound and outbound): Leisure Travel, Corporate Travel, Youth Travel, Senior Travel, Tour Operation, Destination Management, congresses, groups and incentives, fairs, and exhibitions.
Promovacances is a French OTA part of the Karavel group. They have had consistent growth over the years and have reached a yearly turnover of 400 million Euros. Promovacances offers flights and packages departing from 52 cities in Western Europe. Their booking widget is quite flexible, offering flexible search dates and duration of stay.
Hotelplan was founded in 1935 and is one of the five travel brands owned by Hotelplan Suisse, the largest Swiss tour operator. In addition to booking hotels, you can also book boat trips, motor-homes, city trips, holidays in the snow, wellness holidays and amusement parks. Their site is available in German and French.
The Norwegian company Reisegiganten is the holding company of 5 very popular OTAs in the Nordic Region: restplass.no, sistaminuten.se, afbudsrejser.dk, solfaktor.no and destination.se. As one of Scandinavia's largest distributors of travel, Reisegiganten is developing several of the strongest brands in the Scandinavian travel industry. The company offers competitive holiday packages with flexible travel length, based on regular airlines, low cost carriers, charter flights and an extensive hotel portfolio of over 240,000 hotels. You can also add rental cars and regular transfer to your booking.
Established in 1985, Cassidy Travel is one of Ireland's leading travel agents. They offer flights to over 200 destinations, and an array of over 100,000 discounted hotels, apartments and villas to book. In addition to the typical travel products offered on any OTA, they also specialize in Sports Packages, such as Golf vacations, Formula 1 packages, Rugby travel and more.
Click&Go provides holiday-makers with an easy to use platform to design their own holiday package by matching flights with great value accommodation worldwide. They are also the official holiday provider for Aer Lingus under the brand Holidays with Aer Lingus.
Azul Viagens is the tour operator/OTA of the Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras. Their booking engine allows you to book vacation packages, hotels, cars and tours to more than 100 destinations within Brazil and internationally. Within the Brazilian market, they are popular for travelers seeking vacations to Disney, Universal and Seaworld. They also offer payment plans of up to 10 quotes without interest.
Another Argentinian powerhouse is Almundo, which is owned by the Brazilian group CVC. Their booking engine has advanced flexible features such as searching flights to any destination by filtering by the cheapest flight options and searching flights for a destination without having a specific date for travel.
TocToc Viajes is part of 5M TravelGroup, a holding agency for tourism agencies with more than 50 years of experience in travel, and which is launched as the first online tourism agency in Uruguay. Similar to other Latin American OTAs, TocToc offers attractive payment plans such as 6 quotes without interest.
Viaja Net ViajaNet is a Brazilian online travel agency that offers more than seven billion airfares, 100,000 hotels, 900 different airlines, insurance and tour packages and much more.
Mexican OTA Bestday, Best Day Travel Group has propelled the company to the number 1 spot in Latin America, with a strong market presence in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia with multiple brands brands: Best Day – Online Travel Agency , Best Day – DMC , Best Day TravelSolution – White Label partnership , HotelDO – B2B services for Travel Agencies and Wholesalers, GranPlan, and Voiash . Their attractive finance plan of 18 months without interest has been a strong catalyst in the growth of their business in Mexico.
This Argentinian travel company offers everything you need for your trip from accommodation and flights to insurance, circuits and cruises. Their payment options include bitcoins, which is a feature rarely seen in the industry.
With over 17 years of experience, Germany-based Ferien Touristik combines daily scheduled, low-cost and charter flight prices as well as permanently purchased airports with selected, hand-picked hotels according to the best buy principle. Especially in hotel purchasing, FERIEN Touristik now benefits from excellent conditions through its affiliation with the OTI Group. One of their unique features is their option to filter hotels to show only hotels with reviews.
Club Travel is the single largest travel company in Ireland. Through their search widget, you can choose between sun or city destinations. In addition to traditional travel services, Club Travel sells packages and tickets to all major sporting events.
Founded in 1947, Alpitour is recognized as the Italian leader in the tourism sector. They offer accommodation, flight and packages to all five continents. At their website, you can filter your search by destination or by budget, a feature we love.
Nautalia is a 360º tourist products and services travel agency based in Spain. In addition to regular travel tours and services, they offer specialized sport tours, romantic getaways and music festival packages.
Sembo is part of Stena Line Travel Group AB, one of Sweden’s largest travel corporations. With Sembo, you can choose from over 300,000 accommodation options including their own carefully Selected hotels and apartment rentals. On top of this, Sembo also offers you the opportunity to book flights, ferry crossings, car rentals and airport transfers; truly a one stop shop for all your travel needs.
Iglu is the largest ski travel agency in the UK, selling more ski holidays than any other travel agency and providing the widest selection of ski deals anywhere. At their website, you can filter their travel options by country, travel area or resort.
Destination2 is a long-haul luxury travel operator. They specialize in creating tailor-made holidays to a range of worldwide destinations. From round the world trips to city breaks, beach holidays to escorted tours.
At Avantrip.com you can choose from more than 100 airlines and more than 1 million options in hotels, houses, apartments for rent, packages, cruises, and car rentals. They offer different payment methods including installments.
As the largest independent Co-operative in the UK they offer the widest possible choice of holidays including flights, cruises, city breaks and more, all departing from the UK.
Jetline Holidays offers both the independent traveler and package holidaymaker an extensive range of holidays, both land and cruise, to Worldwide destinations: from short breaks to long-haul, including all-inclusive holidays.
Established in 2002, Sunwing Vacations started as a family business, and has grown substantially, providing more vacation packages to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America than any other travel company from coast to coast. Sunwing offers convenient departures from 33 different gateways (including smaller, regional ones not offered by many airlines) across Canada.
This innovative OTA offers a new way of traveling for lovers of adventure and cheap travel. Choose your companion(s), the type of trip, the airport of departure, the dates of the trip and ... let yourself go! You will know your destination between 48 and 72 hours before the flight departs. The entire reservation process is done through this website.
Established in 1973, Westminster is one of Hong Kong's leading travel agencies. Westminster Travel is part of Corporate Travel Management (CTM). Currently, they offer a vast variety of packages, flights, hotels, tours and cruises.
Elong is a Chinese travel agency focused on the local market. They offer flights and hotels solutions with 24/7 customer support. You can filter destinations by the activity of your preference, such as hiking. mountain climbing or wandering by the lake.
Founded in 1957, Aviatur is one of the leading travel agencies in Colombia. They offer a great variety of travel products such as flights, hotels, bus and train tickets, car rentals, cruises and more. One of their most interesting features is the option to filter your flight according to your budget.
D-Reizen has been the largest independent holiday operator in the Netherlands for more than 50 years. This OTA is also a brick and mortar travel agency. They offer 365-day customer support.
Part of the Pelikaan Travel Group, this Dutch company offers vacation packages worldwide. On their website you can choose from their last-minute vacations departing within a maximum of six weeks at a great price.
With Swedish OTA Tripx you can book your flight and hotel in an easy, smooth way. The best part? They CO2 compensate all trips, which means the price of your trip includes climate compensation for CO2 corresponding to what the flight contributes to, perfect for eco-friendly travelers!
Railtour Suisse is the largest rail tour operator in Switzerland. Being European travel specialists, they take pride and pleasure in organizing holidays and travel for foreign guests wishing to visit Europe. Whether standard or made-to-measure packages, for individuals or groups, they offer a wide selection of services and arrangements in Europe. These include hotels, transfers, city sightseeing tours, special trains (Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass Line, etc.), mountain excursions, outdoor activities and more.
As the world's largest student and youth travel company, they've been booking affordable adventures since 1979. STA Travel offers flexible travel and payment options such as lifetime deposits.
Prijsvrij is one of the most popular OTAs in The Netherlands. Their intelligent booking engine takes into consideration that you may be travelling within Europe by other means of transportation other than a flight. So, when selecting your transportation method, you can choose between boat, bus, train and planes.
British OTA Travelup is part of the Travelup Group, which also owns other travel brands: Holiday Genie, Bravo Travel, Bookable Holidays & Magic Holidays. Their booking engine offers massive range of great flight deals available from over 400 different airlines, be it a last-minute flight to Europe or a first-class transatlantic flight to New York. Their accommodation collection of over 200,000 properties features anything from simple accommodation to luxury boutique hotels.
Bedfinder provides accommodation for leisure and business travels with a portfolio of over 250.000 hotels worldwide. They are part of the Swiss company Hotelplan. Bedfinder is laser focused on only 2 products: hotels and hotel+flight packages.
Conclusion In times of crisis, solidarity with local businesses is key in order to overcome the crisis, together. Next time you plan on searching for a trip, check out these amazing companies who have grown exponentially in recent years.