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
The Bonn-based cruise tour operator Phoenix Reisen opted for the Open Travel Data Standard OTDS for delivering its package airtours data to sales channels: data deliveries of the hotel-only as well as for the package travel portfolio to the distribution system Traveltainment as of now are generated in the OTDS-module of Phoenix’ tour operator system WBS Blank.
Compared to the legacy format INFX used prior to OTDS, the daily production time for the approximately four million data records for package trips and for the more than five million hotel-only records has been reduced from 17 hours to as little as 30 minutes. […]
On May 11 the yearly General Meeting of the OTDS association met in Cologne. The most important topic on the agenda was the election of the executive board, as the term of the current board terminates in 2017. Six of the board members reapplied for continuing to promote the organization and thus the open data standard: Michael Becher (Bewotec), Haiko Gerdes (TraSo), Bernd Nawrath (Traffics), Dr. Oliver Rengelshausen (Traveltainment), Deniz Ugur (Bentour) und Tanja Vodermayer (FTI GROUP). Thomas Aufermann had been representing the company Travel-IT for some months provisionaly in the board and now ran for the vacant position officially. […]
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:
“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!”
“OTDS is just fun”
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)
- anixe (Hotel-only delivery to tour operator)
- 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 live in Traveltainment, corporate website IBE with OTDS-data)
- 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
- JT Touristik
- Olimar (Packaged trips and Hotel-only live in Traveltainment, Hotel-only live in Schmetterling)
- Phoenix (Hotel-only live in Traveltainment)
- Schauinsland Reisen (entire offering live in Traveltainment, Hotel-only live in Schmetterling, entire portfolio available on OTDS-Player)
- Sunny Cars
- TUI (TUI Deutschland, Airtours, 1-2-Fly, Gulet, Terra Reisen: Nur-Hotel 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
- The ideal factor
Information on Membership
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