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Corporate Membership
Very few, if any, businesses in this sector operate at 100% occupancy or utilisation and are always looking for ways to improve usage and at the same time obtain the maximum value. A hotel room not sold tonight is lost revenue forever. The same thing applies to an empty aircraft seat or rental car sitting in the car park. a cruise liner with 10 empty cabins when it sets sails again is losing revenue. This is where Direct Travel Club can help. If you would like the opportunity to generate additional income at potentially your full rack rate or tariff please read on.

The Concept
The idea behind DTC is to allow corporate members to exchange their excess capacity for Travel Tokens at their full rack rate or tariff which can then be spent to purchase other services or redeemed for cash. One Travel Token is worth £1.00 sterling, therefore if your normal rate is equivalent to £100.00 you will receive 100 Travel Tokens.

How Does It Work
Each corporate member pays an annual membership fee and is immediately given 500 Travel Tokens which are deposited in their account. The member will then be allowed to

accept payment for their services in Travel Tokens from other members at their full rack rate. If for example a hotel normally charges the equivalent of £75.00 per night and a guest stays for 2 nights, the hotels account will be credited with 150 Travel Tokens. The guest's Travel Tokens account will at the same time be debited with 150 Travel Tokens. The hotelier may then either use these Travel Tokens to buy other services or sell them through DTC to other companies or the general public. If he takes the first option he will receive services to the full value of his Travel Tokens. If he decides to sell them he will receive 50% of their face value in hard cash.

Example
If a hotel, over the course of 12 months sells 40 room nights at a rate of 75 Travel Tokens per night, his account will be credited with 3000 Travel Tokens in addition to the 500 Travel Tokens he was allocated when joining making a total of 3,500 Travel Tokens. If he decides to spend 1,000 or them to buy other services his balance of 2,500 Travel Tokens can be sold for the equivalent of £1,250 sterling resulting in a total benefit equivalent to £2,250 sterling. All this has been achieved by using his spare capacity which otherwise would have generated nothing.

Who will buy the excess Travel Tokens ?
Any company or private individual can become a member of Direct Travel Club which will allow them to purchase travel tokens at 50% of their face value. A company who spends the equivalent of £10,000 per year on travel will in effect only have to pay £5,000 to receive the same purchasing power.

How will travel tokens be sold ?
A member may, at anytime during the year decide to sell their Travel Tokens by simply depositing them in the pool. This will be administered by DTC who will sell them on the members behalf on a first come first served basis. The exception to this is the Tokens given to the member on joining who although can spend them immediately can not sell them until the end of their membership year.

How do I make a reservation ?
Complete the service request form which will be e-mailed to the host member who will then reply within 24 hours as to the availability of the requested service.

If the reply is negative it means the host member cannot accept the booking as requested. If you wish to try another host or change your requirements you must complete a new service request form.

If the reply is affirmative the booking will be held for 48 hours by which time you must decide whether or not you wish to proceed by clicking on the appropriate link which e-mail the host member who will confirm the acceptance.

At this stage the token accounts of the members will be debited and credited accordingly.

How much does it cost ?
The Annual membership fee is £250.00 sterling plus a one off joining fee of £50. Direct Travel Club also charge a handling fee of 2.5% on all purchases and sales of Travel Tokens. All charges are subject to VAT at the current rate.

How do I join ?
Simply read our terms and conditions, then fill out the secure online application form and submit it to the Direct Travel Club

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