Benefits of Global Distribution Systems

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Benefits of Global Distribution Systems for Tour Operators and Travel Companies

Global Distribution Systems (GDS) are standard professional platforms that allow airlines or hotels to access the corporate market, enabling distribution of their hospitality product among travel agencies as well.




What is a Global Distribution System?


A global distribution system is a computer network, which empowers service providers in the travel industry to carry out seamless transactions. In particular, a GDS is often used by a travel agency, in order to see real-time information and data about the availability of hotel rooms, flights, and other travel services. Using that information, travel agents can then sell travel products and services to their clients.

Travelopro is a leading GDS travel software company, developing and deploying best-in-class travel booking systems with travel APIs & GDS connections. A GDS (global distribution systems) are computerized network systems owned by the leading travel technology companies like Amadeus, Travelport, Sabre. Travel GDS systems enable transactions between travel agencies, DMCs, and corporate agencies and providers like airlines, hotels, transfers providers, cruise and sightseeing providers.

Initially, global distribution systems were set up for flight booking but later GDS systems were extended to process hotels, cars, cruises, and buses. GDS systems today make it easier for end-users to purchase travel tickets from different airlines or LCCs, thus forming the backbone of online travel software. 

The global distribution system reaches out to more than 300,000 plus IATA registered travel agents powered by four major GDS networks like Sabre, Amadeus, Worldspan, and Galileo. Thus, global distribution systems today are used by travel agents and online customers all over the world to book flights, hotels, rentals, and other travel-related services. However, the crux is that the GDS system will not hold the inventory as all the inventories are accessed in real-time through the actual provider.

A global distribution system can also be understood as a network operated by a travel consolidator company that enables automated transactions between booking agents and vendors so as to provide real-time travel services to global consumers. A GDS global distribution system usually links rates, services, bookings consolidating products and services across the major travel sectors like hotel reservations, car rentals, airline reservations, and other activities.

GDS system's primary customers are mainly travel agents, who are either following the OTA model or using web-based software to connect to GDS. GDS can be integrated by a professional travel portal development company on any travel website.

Modern-day GDS systems allow travelers to take advantage of booking hotel rooms, rental cars, airline tickets, as well as for other activities like outdoor tours. They also provide access to railway and bus reservations in some segments of markets, although these are not always integrated with the main system.


How Do Travel Companies Use GDS?




Travel companies use GDS to find the best airline ticket, car rental, hotel rooms, etc. for their clients. Information is customized by the travel companies based on the preferences and itinerary.

When a traveler requests information from a travel company, the agent will find the most accurate and cost-effective itinerary. Travel companies are charged every time they access the GDS or they can buy a particular software offered by the GDS on a yearly basis. Also, an average person can never access the GDS without the help of a travel agency or a vendor.

Travelopro is a leading services provider of a global distribution system to various web-based applications around the globe. We specialize in travel agencies ' portals, and travel agencies' website development services. 

We offer distribution systems, innovative applications and API, payment gateway, and other effective solutions. Travel GDS system allows transactions between travel agencies, DMCs, and corporate agencies and providers like airlines, hotels, transfers providers, cruise and sightseeing providers.

Travelopro GDS System can play an important role in helping you manage technology and market trends, monitoring global travel, and more. GDS systems consolidate the inventory, availability, pricing, and will desire details and grant access to agents, OTAs, IBEs, and other channels.


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Major GDSs are:-


  1. Amadeus 

  2. Galileo

  3. Sabre

  4. Worldspan


1] Amadeus – 


Amadeus is the largest GDS provider serving the worldwide travel and tourism industry, with an estimated market share of 37% in 2009. This position permits Amadeus to offer distribution reach for global and local travel content. 

As of December 2010, over 90,000 travel agencies worldwide use the Amadeus system which gives access to bookable content from 435 airlines (including 60 low-cost carriers), 29 car rental companies (representing 36,000 car rental locations), 51 cruise lines and ferry operators, 280 hotel chains and 87,000 hotels, 200 tour operators, 103 rail operators and 116 travel insurance companies.


2] Galileo- 


Galileo is part of the Travelport group of companies and as of 2006 had a worldwide market share of 22% for airline bookings. In addition to airlines, Galileo can be used to book trains, cruises, car rental, and hotel rooms. Travelport is a global, broad-based business services provider that serves companies in every segment of the travel industry. 

As one of the world’s largest travel content aggregators and distributors, and a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions, Travelport powers the travel industry on a global scale by connecting buyers and sellers through an agency, online, and corporate travel channels. Travelport is predominantly a global distribution system (GDS) business, which operates in approximately 170 countries and includes the internationally recognized Worldspan and Galileo GDS platforms.


3] Sabre – 


Sabre is a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre offers a broad range of technology solutions including data-driven business intelligence, mobile, distribution, and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that are used by travel suppliers (airlines, hotels, car rental outlets, railways, cruise lines, and tour operators) and travel buyers (travel agencies, travel management companies and corporate travel departments) to plan, market, sell, serve and operate their businesses.


4] Worldspan – 


Worldspan is a provider of travel technology and content and a part of the Travelport GDS business. It offers the worldwide electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products, and connectivity, and e-commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel service providers, and corporations. Its primary system is commonly known as a Global Distribution System (GDS), which is used by travel agents and travel-related websites to book airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, tour packages, and associated products

The main purpose of a global distribution system is to help travel agents search for hotel accommodations that fit a set of criteria. It is a business-to-business system used by companies to stay on top of real-time data about the availability of travel arrangements, such as hotel rooms, to sell them to customers planning to travel. They create a common entry point for multiple travel agencies and travel agents to access accurate information about travel reservation availability and prices.

It was an invention of the airline industry that was first used in the 1960s. The airline industry was searching for a way to automate the travel reservation and booking process for travel agents so that they could more efficiently access information about flight schedules, fares, and seat availability. Before this system, travel agents had to refer to lists of airline fares that were published annually in a book of tariffs each time that a customer wanted to book a trip.


Benefits of Global Distribution Systems




There are several major benefits when it comes to global distribution systems within the hotel industry. Here are five ways they make hoteliers’ jobs more efficient and effective.

  • The Use of a Global distribution system shows a rise across corporate and leisure travelers

  • GDS is highly effective in alluring international travelers. This is the reason why the use of GDS among travel agents is growing exponentially every year.

  • OTAs have greatly improved the travel shopping experience and convenience for consumers and have increased pricing transparency.

  • GDSs enable the retail travel agency and OTA business models.

  • The GDSs enable the travel agents to make their travel services available to consumers globally where they might not otherwise be able to achieve efficient worldwide market penetration through direct marketing efforts.

  • Booking through a Global distribution system is most preferable for corporate travel agents as a suitable reservation process for holidays, air, hotel, and rental cars.

  • Travel agents can get a global platform for their business with strong market penetration

  • The global distribution system is the base to enter into corporate clients across the world

  • GDS is the ability to update the status of inventory in real-time.  Due to its real-time status update capability managers can view rates change and can easily alter price points or make special offers. Agents can view all the changes instantly and will be able to suggest the new updates and offer to clients without any interruption to make the deal.

  • It's a wise decision to invest in a GDS. The system places your holiday booking services and inventories in front of huge clients without affecting your marketing budget.

  • The unique selling point of GDS is that it Can provide the best rates to your guests, which no other system can provide.  Your guests can find packages that include a hotel stay, air travel, and car rental


Features of Global Distribution System


24 X 7: Receive bookings from globally situated travel agents 24 x 7.

Connectivity: Connect seamlessly to the four global distribution systems - Sabre, Galileo, Amadeus, and Worldspan.

Market Reach Online: Effective and easy way to market your hotel on the Internet. It is extensively used by travel agents and travel websites.

Coverage: Gain more exposure to agents and travelers through proactive marketing to travel agencies, consortia, and corporate accounts. Most common booking mechanism for consortia and negotiated corporate rates.

Expand Coverage: Expand reach to corporate and leisure travelers with special programs like GREATRATETM for year-round bookings, REST&JETTM for airport hotels, and LATE GETAWAYS TM for last-minute reservations.

Online Distribution Strategy: Opening out your inventory to new online distribution channels is an effective method to capture new market share.

Little maintenance effort required: The information provided to the central reservation system for your hotel chain or the representation company is copied automatically to the GDS.

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