A high performance data standard is transforming the travel industry: The Open Travel Data Standard OTDS facilitates travel offers performing on highest data quality levels into the travel sales channels. The modern XML standard accelerates and specifies the production of travel offers while at the same time delivering significantly more booking relevant details and number of data records.
The travellers benefit from a comprehensive and meaningful travel offer matching their search terms which in addition can be narrowed down to their individual whishes via filters. Last but not least reliable pricings and availability declarations ease the way to booking conversion.
OTDS stands for the Open Travel Data Standard – a powerful data format developed from experts within the travel industry to serve the branch. All interested market player may use the format and its extensive documentation free of charge.
The XML-format OTDS contains all master data of the included travel components as well as all necessary product and pricing rules. Travel providers may use OTDS to distribute their offer into all sales channels, whether it be to travel agencies or to travel websites.
The Open Travel Data Standard OTDS is published by the OTDS association (OTDS e.V.) in Berlin, Germany. The members of the association represent almost every branch of the travel industry and join forces to continuously refine and extend the data format OTDS.
Via the committees of the association each member is actively involved in the decision-making process and into the development roadmap and realisation. The joint future development of OTDS and the communication between the members takes places within the exclusive internet-based member’s forum.
For accessing the OTDS-Forum with the OTDS Schema and the documentation, please register here free of charge.
News & Events
OTDS now allows the transmission of Non-Bookable Content +++ Internationalisation is kicked off by multi-language ability
OTDS is reaching adulthood: six years after its launch the Open Travel Data Standard is taken to the next level: Besides prices and availabilities for hotels, flights, and addon-services now for the first time also Non-Bookable Content can be delivered to the distribution systems fueling travel agencies and OTAs. This Non-Bookable Content covers pictures and videos as well as descripitve text. The new feature has been significantly promoted by the team of the Berlin-based travel technology company Traffics. „The OTDS-standard has already improved the cooperation between hotels and distributors big times“, comments Traffics’ CTO Jens Muskewitz. „By integrating Non-Bookable Content […]
The Technical Committee of the OTDS association on February 7 approved the new OTDS version 2.0 and published it. Version 2.0 contains new features and numerous alterations that are downward compatible. Only few aspects, that are explicitly marked in the revision history, are not downward compatible. These are the most important new features of the most recent version of the Open Travel Data Standard: Integration of “Non Bookable Content”-elements such as descriptive texts and media data as well as the enabling for multi-language. As a result, the integration of e.g. information about hotels, destinations, and addon-services in various languages, of […]
Strengths of OTDS - The data format OTDS is designed to improve the transmission of provider’s product data such as tour operators, airlines, rental car companies, or other supplier to the distribution systems that process those data for the use in travel search tools used in travel agencies or in travel website booking engines.
The leading distribution systems in the German market already interpret and process OTDS. By doing so, the optimized data are available within their frontoffice tools for travel agencies as well as in their internet booking engines. The tour operator webpages also can be equipped with the enhanced OTDS-data, so that customers searching for travel offers in travel agencies or in the internet can rely on meaningful offers with reliable pricing and availability information and including add-on services. The OTDS format allows for significantly more details, options, room- and flight alternatives.
Families can rely on the total price of a trip when transmitted with OTDS from the very first display on. Price corrections resulting from booking requests are omitted thanks to reliable adult- and children prices and explicit rules for the price calculation in dynamically packaged travel offers.
The travel industry works with a large number of data formats. Those formats help to display the countless travel offers of tour operators and other provider that reach the consumer via various distribution channels. All information about a trip are being processed so that the IT systems within the distribution chain can depict those data.
But the travel wishes of the consumer today are much more individual than ten years ago – the travel offers have to meet this change. And also tour operators and other supplier, online portals and travel agencies expect more from the technology they use. Legacy data formats today cannot fulfill those expectations anymore.
So far provider in the travel industry had to translate their travel offers into several data formats in order to supply the various distribution channels. In spite of the many formats the provider often did not succeed in highlighting their specific competitive advantages: the one format lacks a space for submitting taxi transfers, the other format cannot deal with child price reductions or specific child care offers.
So a new, common, open format was needed that delivers all relevant information regarding a travel offer into all distribution channels. This is precisely the intention of OTDS. At the same time it shall reflect the requirements of as many market player as possible and refine itself as an open data format. Thanks to the cost-free download at this website OTDS is freely accessible to all interested travel organisations and thus can establish itself as the future market standard.
OTDS versions - OTDS 1.0 was published by the OTDS association in April 2012. Within this first basic version the travel components accomodation, flight, packaged travel and add-on services such as transfer, rental car, parking, insurances etc. together with all the implicated product- and pricing rules already could be represented.
The current version OTDS 1.9.3 excels by comprehensive options for flight prioritisation and rules for rounding amounts of money. Together with the multi-currency option and further diversified possibilities for rental cars and insurances those criteria meet the requirements of many tour operator regarding an efficient and extensive display of their travel products in the distribution systems.
OTDS in Use
A continuously rising number of provider from various areas of the travel industry use OTDS in order to fuel their travel offers to their customers quickly and reliably.
Distribution channels and systems can feed on an extensive variety of travel offer data delivered in the up-to-date OTDS format for travel agency tools and Internet Booking Engines:
The rental car offer of Sunny Cars also is available in an OTDS-Player, together with the add-on services the rental car broker is offering currently. Integrating those data in their offer is particulary interesting for tour operator offering dynamically packaged trips and wanting to score in the customer’s mindset by including a rental car…
Holiday Extras adds to the row of provider transmitting their portfolio into the distribution channels with the help of OTDS. The Munich-based broker of airport parking and airport hotels thanks to the sponsorship by the OTDS development fonds and in cooperation with the OTDS member znt Travel…
Attika Reisen, specialized in trips to Greece, completed the first stage by migrating the Hotel-only offers to the OTDS standard in May 2016. As a result the production time for those data was reduced significantly to as little as one hour…
OLIMAR, a specialist for Portugal, Spain and the Mediterranean is a pioneer for implementing innovative IT solutions. As such OLIMAR was the first provider to deliver OTDS data for complete packaged trips. OLIMAR in consequence not only expands the number of available offers…
Bentour Reisen, a Swiss specialist for trips to Turkey with a strong customer base also in Germany, has opted for an OTDS-Player and a new IBE provided by Bewotec, thus based on the OTDS format. Bentour’s travel offers score in the fields of timeliness and reliability regarding availability and the displayed prices…
Schauinsland-Reisen migrated its hotel-only data delivery to Traveltainment to OTDS in May 2015. In May 2016 the complex portfolio for package travel and for its dynamic brand SLRD followed suite. For WBS Blank, Schauinsland’s inventory system provider, the pilot project with Schauinsland was a first and successful cornerstone…
The FTI GROUP was among the first to use OTDS – tour operator FTI Touristik as early as January 2014 delivered its Hotel-only offers in this open standard. In June 2015 also the packaged travel portfolio was migrated, modular offers and Datamix offers followed at year end 2015…
End of September 2016 Schmetterling successfully completed the launch of OTDS processing in a mere 10 week project term. First milestone was the integration of Hotel-only data of FTI Touristik, in a second step Hotel-only offers of Bentour, Olimar, and Schauinsland were added…
Traffics equipped the website of BigXtra with the responsive Evolution IBE. It unites travel offers of various tour operators. The travel offers of BigXtra and FTI are based on OTDS data, thus providing a higher data quality with respect to availability and correct prices…
Bewotec offers tour operators and distribution channels a wide variety of services and data based on OTDS and Bewotec’s decentralized Player technology. Tour operators and other providers such as the FTI GROUP, Bentour, H&H Touristik and others benefit…
“OTDS: a flexible and living standard, that optimally displays the enormous product diversity of dozens of WBS-tour operators – without converter or third parties. Highest performance in terms of quality and quantity!”
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Hotel-only, Package travel and flight data in OTDS
The following provider deliver their portfolio of offers in OTDS already, provide it via an OTDS-Player or intensely work on conversion projects:
- 5 vor Flug (Hotel-only live in Traffics and Traveltainment)
- Aldiana (Hotel-only and packaged trips in OTDS-Player)
- Alltours (Hotel-only live in Traveltainment)
- anixe (bedbank, Hotel-only data-delivery)
- Attika Reisen (Hotel-only and packaged trips live in Traveltainment)
- Bentour Reisen (Hotel-only, packaged trips, and BENX live in Traveltainment, Hotel-only live in Schmetterling, OTDS-data in Travel-IT via requests to Player, corporate website IBE with OTDS-data)
- BigXtra (Hotel-only and Datamix live in Traveltainment and Traffics, corporate website IBE with OTDS-data)
- ETI (Hotel-only, packaged trips and dynamic packaging live in Traveltainment)
- FTI Touristik (entire offering live in Traveltainment and Schmetterling as well as available in OTDS-Player, Hotel-only live in Traffics)
- H & H Touristik (dynamic hotels in OTDS-Player)
- Holiday Extras
- Jumbo Tours
- Olimar (Hotel-only and packaged trips live in Traveltainment, Hotel-only live in Schmetterling and Traffics)
- Phoenix (Hotel-only and Packaged trips live in Traveltainment)
- Schauinsland Reisen (entire offering live in Traveltainment, Hotel-only live in Schmetterling, entire portfolio available on OTDS-Player)
- Sunny Cars (rental car offers in Travelbird and Traffics)
- TUI (TUI Germany/Switzerland, Airtours DE/CH, 1-2-Fly DE/CH, Gulet, Terra Reisen, XTUI, XFly: entire offering live in Traveltainment)
Flight content in the OTDS format is provided by the travel technology solution providers of Bewotec via its Flex Flight Player click here for the list of airlines), SoftConEx, and Ypsilon.net.
OTDS Association – 7 good reasons for membership
- Active participation in the further development of OTDS
- Intensive support and support
- Introduce your own requirements
- Influence on the development of the club
- Information and exchange in the OTDS member forum
- Image effects and public impact
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