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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) And The European Technology And Travel Services Association (Ettsa) Announce The Formation Of A Joint Industry Standards Working Group


TravelTech on September 21, 2016

WASHINGTON DC/BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016:  The European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA) and The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) have established a Joint Industry Standards Working Group, comprised of both Associations and key member company representatives, to serve as the central point of contact for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in matters of airline distribution and financial services standard setting.

Significant changes to the airline distribution and financial services ecosystem are being proposed by IATA through its formal industry standard-setting procedures, and the industry can expect more such proposed changes going forward. For these changes in standards to be effective, efficient and workable for all stakeholders in the airline distribution value chain, and to facilitate the optimal implementation of industry standards, the communication between IATA and ETTSA/Travel Tech should be regularized, where timely input is provided by independent distribution stakeholders.

As the actual operators of much of the industry infrastructure, ETTSA/Travel Tech members bring a wealth of technical knowledge to the discussion.  Importantly, given the significant role they play in airline distribution, both direct and indirect, our members are often well placed to assess whether proposed changes to existing standards, or some alternative approach, would be the optimal and most cost-effective solutions for IATA members, independent distributors, travel agencies and ultimately consumers.

The newly-formed industry standards working group is not a new standard-setting entity. It is not designed to operate in parallel with IATA’s standard setting structure. It is a communications channel through which IATA and the independent distribution community can maintain, streamline and strengthen the meaningful and productive dialogue that has already been established on industry standard setting. The Industry Standards Working Group will enhance that dialogue by serving as the central point of contact for more frequent and more centralized interactions on technical standards between IATA and the distribution community.

By establishing this improved formal communications mechanism, both IATA and the distribution community can be assured of greater clarity in the communications, more timely responses and the possibility of engaging in a two-way dialogue whereby all interested stakeholders can contribute to the development of new standards for the greater good of the industry and consumers.

The Industry Standards Working Group will consist of a combination of subject matter and industry relations experts so as to provide the right input on every topic and ensure a comprehensive industry level response from the distribution community.  While initially focused on air travel, the Industry Standards Working Group’s intention is to serve a similar role in the development of technical standards in other areas of travel distribution including hotel, car rental, rail, tours and others.

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Contact:

Travel Tech: Emily Cullum, ecullum@traveltech.org

ETTSA: Natalia Kurop, nkurop@ettsa.eu

About Travel Tech
The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the trade association for the travel technology industry, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies, metasearch companies, and short-term rental platforms. Travel Tech is dedicated to promoting public policy that supports and enhances the independent distribution of travel and a competitive and transparent marketplace.

About ETTSA
The European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA) was launched in 2009 to represent and promote the interests of global distribution systems (GDSs) and travel distributors and comparison websites, towards the industry, policy-makers, opinion formers, consumer groups and all other relevant European stakeholders. The association, based in Brussels, encourages and supports full transparency, fair competition and consumer choice in the travel distribution chain. ETTSA’s members include Amadeus, ebookers, Expedia, Odigeo (and its brands eDreams, GoVoyages, Opodo and Travelink), Sabre, Travelport. Associate members include, SkyScan