Frequently Asked Questions about OpenTravel

Why is the OpenTravel Alliance valuable?

OpenTravel provides a framework where all companies in the electronic distribution supply chain can work together toward the common goal of creating an accepted structure for electronic transmissions using XML messaging.  This enables suppliers and distributors to speak the same interoperability language, trading partner to trading partner.

Why are open standards important?

No travel company wants to create new schema each time it has to electronically connect with a new trading partner, so messages created in using an open and inclusive framework result in a specification that can work for the entire industry.  The zero-cost model spurs adoption of the schema, which leads to widespread implementation and constant improvement and enhancements to the specification.  The resulting specification maturity spurs further adoption, providing richer interoperability between partners and a better traveler experience.

How is OpenTravel structured?

For an in-depth description of how the OpenTravel board of directors, committees, work groups and project teams work together to develop specification, click here.

Who can join OpenTravel?

Membership is open to all travel suppliers, non-supplier companies, and incorporated industry associations that provide products and services to the travel industry.

What are the benefits of membership?

To learn about OpenTravel membership benefits, click here.

Where can I find more information about the specification?

For more information about the specification, click here.