Tour Operator Plugin 1.3 Major Release

LightSpeed has released Tour Operator 1.3 today. This marks the end of a 6 week sprint to add support for Structured Data, making use of the Yoast SEO Schema API to add additional information for search engines to more easily understand your webpages.

Structured Data 

Structured data has been incorporated into this latest release of the Tour Operator plugin.  Structured data is added using JSON Scripts that allow additional information about your webpage to be passed to search engines.  Tour Operator uses Yoast SEO Schema API to convey additional information to search engines, which enhances the accuracy of results, and increases likelihood of being shown in the relevant search.

You can read about structured data here.

A schema has been added to all the default Tour Operator post types, Tours, Destination, Accommodation.  In addition we have added a schema to the Tour Operator extensions – Reviews, Specials, Team.

Destinations Fast Facts Update

The Fast Facts box on Destinations and Regions has had a face lift. Icons have been updated and enquire button location has been moved below the travel expert details.

Tour Operator Search 1.3 Major Update

Collapsible filters on search results have been added to global search, which are enable through settings in the backend

Enhancements to Sort By dropdown and the labels on the search results.

* Dev - Cosmetic improvements to Search
* Dev - Adding the .gitattributes file to remove unnecessary files from the WordPress version.
* Dev - making the layout for search independent from the archive layouts.
* Dev - Adding the .gitattributes file to remove unnecessary files from the WordPress version.
* Dev - Making the layout for search independent from the archive layouts.
* Dev - Adding collapsible facets option.

Tour Operators Reviews 1.2 Major Release

The following schema nodes are used to add structured data to this plugin:

  • headline ( post title )
  • itemReviewed ( connected tours + accommodation as Products)
  • reviewBody (content / excerpt)
  • reviewRating (Rating custom fields)
  • author (reviewer name and email address custom fields)
  • offers (the connected specials)
  • spatialCoverage ( destinations connected as Country and State )
  • temporalCoverage ( date of visit dates )
Release notes:
Dev - Added in the Review Schema integrated with Yoast WordPress SEO
Dev - Adding the .gitattributes file to remove unnecessary files from the WordPress version.
Fix - Updating files and fixing php warning notices.

Tour Operators Team 1.2 Major Release

The following schema nodes are used to add structured data to this plugin:

  • jobTitle (the role taxonomy)
  • worksFor (Yoast Organization Fields)
  • memberOf (Yoast Organization Fields)
  • email (custom field)
  • telephone (custom field)
  • owns (connected, tours and accommodation this member manages)
  • makesOffer (connected specials, you would contact this team member in order to organise the special)
Release notes:
Dev - Adding the .gitattributes file to remove unnecessary files from the WordPress version.
Dev - Adding the Posts slider to the single team.
Dev - Adding the map option for single team.
Dev - Adding width and height to the map.
Dev - Adding map filters.
Dev - Added in a 'Person' Schema via the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin

Tour Operators Specials 1.3 Major Release

The following schema nodes are used to add structured data to this plugin:

  • availabilityStarts – Custom Field
  • availabilityEnds – Custom Field
  • offeredBy – Yoast Organization Settings
  • priceValidUntil – Custom Field
  • category – Set to text “Special”
  • availability – Set to Text “Limited Availability”
  • price – Custom Field
  • priceCurrency – TO Settings
  • priceSpecification – Custom Field Price Type
  • itemOffered – Connected Tours + Accommodation
  • subjectOf – Connected Articles.
Release notes:
Dev - Added in the option to disable the view more button on the widget template.
Fix - Fix the double button on widget template.
Dev - Adding the .gitattributes file to remove unnecessary files from the WordPress version.
Dev - Added in the Offer Schema to the plugin, which integrates with Yoast WordPress SEO.

Wetu Importer Release 1.3 Major Release

The Wetu Importer search screens were updated with pagination and the ability to sort the columns alphabetically according to their headings.

The reference field was added to allow users to use that field to choose tours to import. This is useful for the importing of tours that have been assigned the Wetu reference tag.

Further improvements to styling and UX of welcome screen.

Release notes
Dev - Added the sortable Reference Column for tours
Dev - Added in the reference field to be imported to tours
Dev - Improved the styling of the Welcome page steps
Dev - Added in a function to capture the continent sub region
Dev - Added in datatables.net for pagination and sorting on the lists
Dev - Added in the ability to define custom titles
Dev - Added in the option to randomize the featured image that is grabbed from the attached destinations.
Dev - Added in a WETU ID for images which stores the URL fragment from WETU.
Fix - Fixed the sorting of the search results by relevance
Fix - Fixed the assigning of team and safari brands
Fix - Fixed the connecting of destinations during the tour import
Fix - Fixed the stripping of HTML from the accommodation description
Fix - Fixed the accommodation description and excerpt not importing

LSX Currencies 1.2

The LSX Currencies was recently released on WordPress.org . This currency is compatibility with LSX theme and also works with the Tour Operator plugin for converting tour and accommodation prices in the backend and in the frontend.

Read more about the plugin in the latest LSX 2.5 release post.