SAN FRANSISCO, CA - WeTravel, a payment and booking platform for group travel, recently launched Contribution Pages, a fundraising solution for group trip leaders and participants. Tour operators that use WeTravel can offer this solution to their customers for free. For example, tour operators that regularly organize trips for schools or churches; the participants can launch an online fundraising campaign in seconds through WeTravel if they need help to cover the cost of their trips. In the past, participants have to use a separate fundraising platform like GoFundMe that takes a cut, or solicit money in-person that takes a lot of manual work.
Participants can create their own personalized Contribution Pages. They can customize the title, image, and first paragraph to bolster their fundraising efforts and help contributors better understand the cause that they are donating to. When their online fundraising pages are set up, they receive a URL link to share with their friends, family, and supporters. They can also share the pages to email and social media channels, at the same boosting the travel companies' online presence since the pages are company-branded. All their contributors have to do is choose an amount to pay on their credit card and submit the payment. The minimum donation amount is $5, while the maximum is the outstanding balance of the trip. For example, contributors can pay up to $800 in fundraising payments on a $1000 trip where the participant has already paid a deposit of $200.
Group travel, especially in the educational, religious, sports, and wellness segments, usually have a booking window of 6-12 months in advance. As governments around the world start vaccinating their citizens against coronavirus, travel companies are preparing to accept bookings for trips scheduled later this year and beyond. "This fundraising solution has been the most requested feature by our more than 3000 clients worldwide. We have received excellent feedback from companies that are testing this solution for upcoming school graduation trips and religious pilgrimages. Combining this with our flagship payment plan solution, group travel companies can be fully ready to take payments as the demand for travel picks up again," said Johannes Koeppel, CEO/co-founder of WeTravel.