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Xola is a booking, marketing, and distribution platform that powers tour and activity providers. Our software helps businesses manage their back-office and online reservations, as well as payment processing, calendaring, inventory and guide management, affiliate and distribution channels, and customer relationship management. Xola’s software replaces credit card terminals, Excel spreadsheets, and paper calendars / white boards.

Like any other type of productivity and business management software, Xola wants to give small providers the ability to save time, stay organized and get out of the office and into the field. In other words, to leave the back-office management to Xola so that they can get out in the field and focus on what they do best: Making sure I get the best darn helicopter tour Bitcoin can buy.

To do so, Xola allows tour operators to accept online reservations directly through their existing websites, giving guests the ability to view realtime availability, book excursions and pay for the trip without ever leaving the tour operator’s website. The company’s integrated back office also enables operators to enter bookings that come in via the phone, as well as in person or by email, allowing businesses to maintain a single, master schedule for trips, guests guides and gear — with realtime sync of scheduling, guest details and inventory.

Consumers can book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises from thousands of sites, because they all have end-to-end booking and distribution systems that connect the point-of-sale with consumer distribution. But not small tour operators. Small providers traditionally haven’t had access to this kind of affordable platform or software, the Xola founder says.

So Xola aims to give small to medium-sized businesses that integrated platform for booking, marketing and distribution that has eluded them over the years. And, to cater better to its audience, Zimmerman says that Xola’s system lives entirely in the cloud, meaning there’s no software to install or maintain, and no downstream IT cost.

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