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January 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019  
Posted by: Emily WIlson
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Happy New Year to the OpenTravel Alliance Community! 

2019 is particularly important because we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the organization’s founding!  The travel distribution landscape has changed dramatically since 1999, but open standards for connectivity are still critical to efficiently and effectively serve the traveler and the industry.

The visionary founders and first board of directors at OpenTravel included representatives from American Airlines, ASTA, Avis, Cendant, Continental Airlines, Hilton Hotels, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lanyon, National Car Rental, Swissotel and United Airlines.  Thanks to these companies, travel distribution messaging and connectivity was largely standardized around the OpenTravel 1.0 XML schema, which today still enables billions of shopping and booking transactions every month.

OpenTravel is still the only standards body to address all travel segments and continues with its goal of a seamless travel experience.  The OpenTravel 2.0 Object Model is the next generation of this original vision.


Management Transition Update

On October 23, 2018, OpenTravel announced a management transition in partnership with HTNG (Hospitality Technology Next Generation). This transition is now complete with David Sjolander in the role of Executive Director and the HTNG staff providing support for marketing, event planning, and finance. Sandy Angel continues in her role as Specifications Director at OpenTravel. The entire HTNG team is excited about this opportunity to leverage the strengths of the two organizations while maintaining their individual identities. While the two organizations and their identities will remain totally separate, there will be many opportunities to partner and collaborate.


Save the Date – 2019 Advisory Forum Meeting

The 2019 OpenTravel Alliance Advisory Forum Meeting will be co-located with HITEC on Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Monday will feature workgroup and project team meetings followed by an all-day general session on Tuesday. More information will be coming soon. Registration will be held separate from HITEC, but if you would like to attend HITEC or reserve a hotel room under the HITEC room block, please visit


Workgroup Update

The 2.0 Object Model is growing and so are the number of implementations. Are you ready to implement?

The model is built using the offer/order paradigm, where a reservation may contain orders from one or more travel suppliers bundled in a single reservation. Whether you are looking to implement for a single vertical or across multiple verticals, the 2.0 Object Model is built to handle your needs and support implementations in both XML and JSON.  Click here to learn more about the benefits of 2.0.

The 2.0 Hotel Descriptive Content Team is currently expanding the hospitality offerings to include full descriptive content. The 2.0 Model Build Team meets weekly to advise the teams working on the model, to create documentation, and to make structural decisions. We will soon kick off teams to create car rental and rail products to add to the model. 

Members can participate on any of our project teams, and participation is the best way to make sure your organization’s needs are being met. It also provides great exposure to the OpenTravel Model – Development Environment (OTM-DE), OpenTravel’s open source tool used for modelling and compiling messages. To participate, email our Specifications Director, Sandy Angel at