Reply To: OTA – Open Travel Alliance – Channel Manager, etc.

What I did was fill out the form here:

http://www.opentravel.org/Specifications/Default.aspx

and once I signed up, it gave me the link:
http://www.opentravel.org/Specifications/DownloadZip.ashx?spec=2013A

I’m not sure if it’s a one-time use link but you could try it, or alternatively sign up yourself to get this information.

In the zip file, there’s lists (very long lists) of variables/schema for how the open architecture is constructed. There’s also a Users Guide which has a whole section on Hotel Messages and how the whole thing is setup.

From the guide:
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So this, to me, looks like a system that adheres to the Open Travel Standard (like booking.com) – once the system is setup (you would have to setup the property there one-time) — users could search for rooms using dates, room types, etc. all based on the standards. It looks like they use XML common code to setup message conversations back and forth – so any site that uses the OTA (which are Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Cheaptickets, Priceline, Agoda, Hotels.com, Booking.Com, Onetravel.com, Bookit.com, ………..) can interface directly back to the main database (Easy Reservations in this case) in real time, query availability – and then present back in their own interface the results.

There are Channel Managers that also use OTA (there’s a bunch of them Siteminder, Cubilis, RateTiger, …..) and that makes managing the OTA’s easy and unified – without the need to do each one individually.. but all of them tie back to the master reservations database using the OpenTravel standard.

I am more than willing to do a trial or test this however if you think you can do something… My customer has stopped all development until we figure out the reservation system to use — this is of course after they had decided on Easy Reservations, purchased it, installed it, configured it, customized it, built the date pickers and scripting for the website…….. then they decide they need OTA’s……….

My direct email is {dennis} (at) denniscrawford -dot- com — feel free to contact me directly if you want. Let me know what you think! Thanks so much.