Popular family vacation destinations, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee are now more accessible to online-travel, thanks to Tripster, an Internet-reservation company focused on “drive-to” destinations. Internet-savvy travelers and families alike can now use the Expedia- and Travelocity-like reservation system to book local shows, attractions and lodging, all on one comprehensive website that focuses on the local market.
Tripster brings multiple family activities and lodging to a greater audience, including the most visited national park in the country, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All products are displayed with real-time availability. This means that managers of the local theater shows, attractions and lodging maintain their own inventory and prices through an advanced inventory management system, allowing Tripster to offer guaranteed reservations and eliminating the uncertainty common amongst other drive-to destination websites.
“By offering complete itineraries with real availability, families can take the guesswork out of planning their vacations. We have the functionality, ease-of-use, and reliability of the national travel websites but with the charm and flair of the local products,” said John Johnson, President of Tripster. “The Expedias and Travelocities out there don’t work with the local market like we do and can’t deliver the variety of products.”
Tripster launched in October 2001, and it has since brought over $10 million in tourist revenue to the Branson, Missouri market. The site was designed to enable a smaller market destination to compete in the national travel marketplace by offering “live” availability to multiple product types within a single booking engine. Since then, the company launched Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and added many new features to its dynamic reservation system.