Booking System Development for a Vacation Villa Provider

  • UI redesign and UX enhancement
  • Functional optimization and scalability increase
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When the Customer’s online accommodation booking system ceased to bring the expected ROI, they commissioned Iflexion to implement a fundamental improvement of the system.

  • AJAX
  • C#
  • .NET
  • SQL Server
Calendar
12
Duration
Months
Gears
49
Efforts
Person-months

Context

The customer is one of the biggest holiday property providers in Europe. The company works directly with owners and suppliers of numerous resorts and offers a comprehensive range of vacation villas in the Mediterranean area.

Since the client is a purely online holiday provider, it was crucial for their business to have a secure and stable solution available 24/7. The application had also to be scalable so that they could easily expand the list of accommodations offered.

The Vacation Villa Rental System was originally built in PHP and later rebuilt in ASP.NET by a development team from India, however, the Customer was not satisfied with the quality of the work. The company contacted Iflexion through one of our UK partners and ordered a complete revamp and tuning of their booking system.

Solution

Iflexion’s team performed a UI redesign, creating an accurate and modern look and hustle-free user experience.

In the course of booking system development, our .NET developers implemented a set of various automated affiliate programs, significantly stabilized the main functionality to make sure all workflows look logical and consistent and organized a single storage of online bookings and orders made by phone and in offices.

System highlights:

  1. Booking engine. An easy-to-use online wizard that provides a simple workflow for online property rental and payment by credit card.
  2. Affiliate Channel. An affiliate channel tool that allows earning commission by reselling the Customer’s services based on 3 scenarios:
    1. Banners and links program. Affiliates can add a banner or a link on their website.
    2. White label program. The high level of affiliation that automatically generates custom-looking micro-site sources and allows promoting the main system services.
    3. Raw data export. Once into the affiliate control panel, an affiliate can download raw data for integration into their own database.
  3. Built-in Availability Calendar. Users immediately see the status of the villa (Available, Booked, Unavailable). Owners can update their own calendars in real-time, ensuring they always have an accurate record of what is available and when.
  4. Search Facility. For users’ convenience, Iflexion improved the search engine, enabling search by location, special offers, popularity, and villas’ names.
Before: out-of-date UI, low performance, functionality lack. After: modernized UI/UX, increased performance, affiliate channel and advanced search.

At present, the Vacation Villas Rental System is one of the biggest online systems that offer holiday accommodations throughout Europe. Users can choose from over 700 villas and search for particular villas, dates, locations, or hot offers.

Rent property direct webpage

Technologies

The framework uses the ASP.NET platform. It covers:

• Various online affiliate programs.

• Integration with external data storages (export to alternative systems and import from them) via flexible custom written Web services.

• Integration of remote services for online ticket booking.

• Online payment via credit cards.

• Advanced reporting tool that allows calculating affiliates commission.

Platform: ASP.NET

Programming Languages: C#

Database Server: Microsoft SQL Server

Other Technologies: IIS, AJAX, Web services, Windows Services

Project Management Tools: Rational Clear Quest

Results

Iflexion successfully completed the booking system development project. Our team did a lot of redesign work, developed new functionality, and has been continuously supporting the system. Over 20,000 customers already enjoyed a villa holiday by using the website to the Customer’s immense satisfaction.

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