Wahanda to add real-time booking
Wahanda, the spa bookings site, is set to launch an online booking facility that allows users to make appointments in real time. The site currently allows users to buy deal vouchers to be redeemed at a later date or to email booking enquiries and wait for the relevant spa or salon to respond. The new online booking module will enable real-time bookings for spa breaks and spa hotels from February 2011. Wahanda said it will launch the module to meet consumer demand to shop 'live' for the best deals rather than wasting time waiting for a response. The group said spa and hotel operators will also benefit from instant confirmation on forward bookings. Visitors to the site will be able to browse by date, location and price at venues throughout the UK and Europe. Wahanda chief executive Lopo Champalimaud said: 'Consumer demand for wanting to book their spa breaks and holidays immediately means that the standard request system that most companies use has become outdated and misses out on important sales for operators.'