Travelport GDS is working with global hotel giant
Accor, to implement a single OTA (Open Travel Alliance) – compliant XML
direct connection to both of Travelport’s GDS platforms. The move is
aimed at improving efficiencies for both companies and enabling a more
streamlined approach for future product enhancements.
Significantly for Accor, the hotel company will be in a position to
reduce its distribution costs by removing intermediary switch company
fees, and realise ongoing savings as a result of only supporting a
single connection to both GDS platforms. Travelport GDS-connected travel
agents will also benefit from significant improvements in response times
and a more efficient purchasing experience.
Accor Hotels has
also just upgraded their connectivity on both Galileo and Worldspan to
“Seamless Next Generation”. Through this upgraded connectivity, agents
will now have the ability to see real-time rates and availability for
all hotels coming from Accor’s own central reservation system, right
from the initial hotel search request. This means agents are able to
provide the most accurate information to their clients, save time with
shopping Accor’s inventory and have the greatest confidence when quoting
rates and availability. Over 90% of Travelport GDS’s hotel
suppliers now participate at this highest level of connectivity.
“This single direct connection to both of our GDS systems marks a
significant industry milestone in terms of providing a more efficient
connection between Travelport and hotel suppliers. This industry first
will greatly improve the ability for hoteliers to distribute their
content via the GDS and should also result in significant reductions in
the cost of distribution,” said Flo Lugli, Senior VP Commercial for
“Tests, which were carried out
during the implementation phase, indicated a faster
message response time and improved stability of the
network connection between both parties,” he added.
Travelport plans to implement
the new XML direct connection with a number of other leading hospitality
organisations later in the year. The initiative forms a key part of the
GDS provider’s long term hospitality strategy and its ongoing commitment
to enhance the booking process for both hoteliers and travel agents.
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