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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.

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For accessing the OTDS-Forum with the OTDS Schema and the documentation, please register here free of charge.





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In compliance with the laws BDSG and TMG the OTDS association collects and uses personal data of each user registering for downloading the OTDS standard.

The data entered by the user in this context are utilized by the OTDS association to create and maintain a user profile consisting of user name, a password chosen by the user which is being depicted only encrypted in our database, first and last name, e-mail address, and company. In addition date and time of the first registration and – for future logins – the date and time of the respectively last login is being archived.

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News & Events

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New tour operators with OTDS data quality in sales channels

Coral Travel, Windrose Finest Travel and LuxairTours: three more tour operators deliver their product portfolio to Traveltainment’s distribution system in very high data quality by using the Open Travel Data Standard (OTDS). Coral Travel, the new classic tour operator of Ferien Touristik, relied completely and exclusively on OTDS for its market entry at the end of June. The newcomer is a successful pilot customer of the Leipzig-based travel technology provider TraSo and its OTDS export. Here, Coral Travel’s data deliveries are produced from the xRes system and delivered to Traveltainment for processing. Further distribution systems are to follow, as well […]

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New member Pribas joins the OTDS Association

The OTDS-Verein registers a continuous growth impulse: On August 1, Travel Technology company pribas GmbH joined. The companies in the Pribas Group specialise in the travel industry and offer their customers IT solutions for the packaging and distribution of complex package tours and modular travel. In this context, owner Arnulf Pribas now wants to focus on the Open Travel Data Standard: “OTDS is standardized, fast and of high quality – it is therefore indispensable in the tourism value chain. By joining the association we want to support and further promote the development of OTDS.” As a service provider on behalf […]

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THE OTDS STANDARD

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What is the OTDS format capable of and what makes it so special?

How does OTDS support tour operators and sales channels?

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.

Fast

OTDS significantly minimizes the production time for data exports of tour operators or their Inventory Management Systems. Compared to the standards used to date such as INFX or KATI the production time is reduced by at least 75 percent. In addition incremental updates allow for deliveries of parts of the portfolio with the corresponding reduced file generation time.

Compact

Thanks to OTDS tour operators and other provider may decrease the volume of their data delivery to distribution systems significantly: In practice sizes for OTDS-files reach no more than 10% of the size for INFX-deliveries containng the same amount of offers. As with OTDS rather price- and product rules than complete offers are expressed, considerably more offers can be transferred in even smaller files. The effect on transfer- loading times is correspondingly positive – while at the same time data quality is pushed to a higher level.

Precise

Due to the precise definition of price- and product rules by the tour operator in OTDS there is no scope for interpretation when processing the data. As a result the data quality increases – trips are displayed with reliably calculated prices and availabilities within the consulting tools of travel agencies and in the IBEs. Also total prices for families are feasible.
In general with OTDS 95% of all prices are identical with those of the booking request. More that 90% of the trips are available and bookable.

Free of charge

OTDS as the open, nonproprietary standard is available free-of-charge and may be used by any tour operator- and distribution system – regardless of the technology deployed (e.g. central caches or local player). This ensures independence from proprietary data standards or -formats for tour operators and distribution systems.

Extensive

OTDS already allows the transfer of all data for the most relevant travel components accommodation, flight, packaged travel as well as add-on services such as transfers, rental cars, insurances, activities, or parking lots. In addition OTDS contains all product- and price rules necessary for correct price calculation. All relevant information needed for product display, availability check, booking requests and the booking itself are also included.

Compatible

OTDS is compatible for various systems: it is the powerful standard of choice for providing travel data to central cache systems as well as all filling players located in the sphere of the supplier. OTDS also supports different external attribution systems for describing the travel products such as Giata Facts and DRV GlobalTypes.

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:

TUI supplies more than 20 billion offer data records daily in the OTDS format to the three distribution systems Traveltainment, Traffics and Schmetterling. The portfolio includes the NurHotel, Package Travel and dynamic offers of 10 TUI brands (including TUI, Airtours, 1-2-Fly, Gulet and Terra) in the three markets Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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, Luxair Tours and others benefit…

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…

In autumn 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. Meanwhile also the offers of 5vorFlug, Bentour, BigXtra, ETI, Olimar und Schauinsland went live. The TUI integration is in the approval phase.

The FTI GROUP was among the first to use OTDS – tour operator FTI Touristik as early as January 2014 inhouse produced and delivered its Hotel-only offers in this open standard. Step-by-step further products groups and marktets as well as the portfolios of other tour operator brands within the FTI GROUP such as 5vorFlug, BigXtra, Sonnenklar TV, and Windrose followed…

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…

Bentour Reisen, a Swiss specialist for trips to Turkey with a strong customer base also in Germany, has opted for a mix of data production by WBS Blank for its data deliveries and an OTDS-Player provided by Bewotec for its IBE and other distribution systems…

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. The optimised data are now being integrated into other distribution systems in the German market…

Attika Reisen, specialized in trips to Greece, completed the migration to the OTDS standard in September 2016 for its entire portfolio. As a result the production time e.g. for Hotel Only data was reduced significantly to as little as one hour…

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…

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 (entire portfolio live in Traveltainment, Hotel-only and Datamix live in Traffics, Hotel-only live in Schmetterling, corporate website IBE with OTDS-data)

  • Coral Travel (Hotel-only and Packaged trips live in Traveltainment)
  • 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
  • Luxair Tours (entire offering live in Traveltainment)
  • 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 and SLRD live in Schmetterling, Hotel-only live in Traffics, entire portfolio available on OTDS-Player)
  • Sunny Cars (rental car offers in Travelbird and Traffics)
  • Sonnenklar-TV (Hotel-only and packaged trips live in Traveltainment)
  • Travel Partner (Hotel-only also in combination with Addon-Services)
  • TravelTrex
  • TUI (TUI Germany/Switzerland, Airtours DE/CH, 1-2-Fly DE/CH, Gulet, Terra Reisen, XTUI, XFly: entire offering live in Traffics, and Traveltainment, approval pending in Schmetterling)
  • Windrose Finest Travel (Hotel-only and packaged trips 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 Bewotec airline list), SoftConEx, and Ypsilon.net (click here for Ypsilon airline list).

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OTDS Association

ASSOCIATION FOR PROMOTING THE OPEN TRAVEL DATA STANDARD

The OTDS association

The “Verein zur Förderung eines offenen touristischen Datenstandards e.V.” (Association to promote an Open Travel Data Standard, OTDS e.V. in Berlin, Germany) specifies and develops the data format OTDS for the travel industry. OTDS is based on open, nondiscriminatory, and standardized technologies. The data format is freely available and free-of-charge to everyone, especially to enterprises within the travel industry – regardless of a membership within the OTDS e.V.

OTDS – a modern data standard

It is the objective of the OTDS e.V. to establish its state-of-the-art data format OTDS as a market-wide standard for transmitting all product data relevant for distribution between provider/tour operators and distribution systems. The format is open and non-proprietary. OTDS is independent from any technology concepts and can be used with central caching systems as well as with decentralized player-hub solutions.

Constitution

The OTDS e.V. constitution can be downloaded here.

The constitution defines the objective of the association, explains the membership-status with its privileges and duties, describes the institutions within the organisation as well as their tasks, and lists further regulations.

Members

The OTDS association as of today has 35 members. They represent almost all areas of the travel industry: tour operators, supplier, touristic distribution systems, travel technology supplier, and associations. The OTDS e.V. offers members comprehensive support for their implementation of the data standard as well as the opportunity to actively promote the development of the format by becoming active in the OTDS member forum.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body ot the OTDS association (OTDS e.V.). Its seven members are elected for a 3-years term by the member’s general meeting. Pursuant to the statues the assembly of the general meeting in May 2017 elected a new Board of Director. Dr. Oliver Rengelshausen represents the association as chairman.

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
  • The ideal factor

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