Property/Distribution Solution Workgroup
|July 26th, 2004, Bellingham, WA. The OpenTraveltm
Alliance (OTA), representing over 130 travel and technology leaders involved
in creating and implementing industry-wide open e-business specifications
using XML, and Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) today announced
OTA's participation with industry partners in an HTNG workgroup.
The Property/Distribution Solution workgroup, initiated by Cendant Travel
Distribution Services, Wyndham International, IDeaS Revenue Optimization
and Maxim Revenue Management Solutions (MaximRMS), was chartered by the
HTNG Board of Directors in July. The workgroup will be charged with bringing
solution sets that bridge processes and systems across properties, central
reservations systems, and distribution channels.
This agreement to participate in the HTNG workgroup process marks a new stage of joint activity for OTA and the HTNG members, and addresses industry questions about the purposes and overlap of the two non-profits. In announcing OTA's participation, Alan Young, Chair of the OTA Adoption Committee, said "This workgroup will be addressing pragmatic solution issues involved in the implementation of OpenTravel Alliance standards and related technologies. Direct participation by OTA will help the HTNG workgroup make effective use of OTA's XML messaging schemas, and give the OTA a view into the practical challenges faced by vendors and hoteliers in putting those schemas into business production."
Hotels and travel distribution companies rely on many separate information systems to manage sales, marketing, distribution, and finances. The Property/Distribution Solution workgroup is chartered to bring products to market which meet the business needs of this value chain using newer architectures for system interoperability, including XML and Web Services. In working in the open forum of HTNG's workgroup process, system vendors, hoteliers, and standards organizations like the OpenTravelT Alliance bring their common interests to the table to produce compatible solution components. This workgroup group will focus on defining solution specifics in the following order:
The OpenTravel Alliance, founded in 1999, is a self-funded, non-profit organization comprising major airlines, hoteliers, car rental companies, leisure suppliers, travel agencies, global distribution systems (GDS), technology providers and other interested parties, working to create and implement industry-wide, open e-business specifications. OTA will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at its annual conference, The Advisory Forum, September 20 & 21, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. For more information on OTA, please contact Graham Hauck, OTA Executive Director (www.opentravel.org).
Hotel Technology Next Generation, founded in 2002, is a self-funded
non-profit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies,
technology vendors to hospitality, and other industry members including
consultants and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused
workgroups to bring open solution-sets addressing specific business problems
to the hospitality market.
The workgroup size will be limited to approximately 15 companies, with
representation in each of the several categories of participants.
Some of the categories are expected to be oversubscribed, and preference,
as well as early notification, will be given to companies who are HTNG
members on the date that the workgroup charter is first published.
Membership applications for HTNG are processed through the web site at
|Also See:||AH&MA and Open Travel Alliance Sign Five-year Agreement to Provide Ongoing Cooperation in the Development of Technology Standards / Oct 2000|
|The OpenTravel™ Alliance Version 2002A of Extensible Markup Language Specification Available for Public Review / June 2002|