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February 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019  
Posted by: Emily WIlson
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Advisory Forum Update

As announced in the January newsletter, the OpenTravel Alliance’s annual Advisory Forum will be held in conjunction with HITEC at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday, June 18. We have space available for workgroup and project team meetings on Monday, June 17, and the Board of Directors will be meeting in the afternoon.  General sessions are being planned for the full forum day on Tuesday, June 18.

The focus of this year’s Advisory Forum will be on the growing challenges of interoperability in the travel industry and how we will solve these challenges in a neutral, cross-vertical manner. OpenTravel Alliance is the only standards organization that represents all aspects of travel and is positioned perfectly to represent it in the quest toward the seamless journey. 

The sponsorship program for the Advisory Forum will be launched by the end of February, and we anticipate registration to open mid-March. If you haven’t attended HITEC before, this is a major global annual event for the hospitality technology industry, with over 500 exhibitors and 6,000 attendees. More information on HITEC can be found here, and you can also take advantage of the HITEC hotel room block here.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate OpenTravel’s 20th anniversary with an outstanding program of relevant content on the future of interoperability in travel distribution.


New Board Member

The association is delighted to welcome Jayme Porkoláb, Senior Director of Product Management at Sabre, to its Board of Directors. Jayme’s varied background in multiple travel verticals, including air, lodging, and cruise makes her an ideal candidate to serve on the board. Welcome Jayme! We look forward to your contributions to the board as well as the Marketing & Events Committee.


Workgroup and Project Team Update

The OpenTravel 2.0 Hotel Descriptive Content Project Team continues to create the objects, services and resources required to exchange descriptive content in a full or partial manner. The tiered nature of the objects is designed to allow for lightweight or robust versions of the message to be sent to satisfy the needs of various use cases. It’s not too late to join the workgroup! By participating, you can ensure your organization’s needs are being met and you will walk away with in-depth knowledge of how the model is designed.

The 2.0 Model Build Team is working to complete the 2.0 Resource Design Considerations document. Look for this document containing valuable design information to be available in the coming weeks!

As we continue to expand the products that can be sold through the 2.0 object model, we are kicking off two new project teams to build both rail and car rental products. If you are interested in participating on either of these project teams, please email our Specifications Director, Sandy Angel, at


Joint Workgroup with HEDNA and HTNG

A first in our industry, three associations, OpenTravel Alliance, HTNG, and HEDNA will collaborate to lead a workgroup on a new potential method to handle B2B payments to hotels. The concept comes from the HEDNA Payments Forum, and it would allow corporations, travel management companies, online travel agents, and others to more efficiently pay for guest stays where the guest is not paying directly. This could include virtual (single use) credit cards, direct bills, wholesale vouchers, etc. While the initial focus is on hotels, this method could be used with other components of travel. As a special exception to policy, anyone who is a member of at least one of the three associations may participate in the workgroup. Please register your interest in the workgroup here


Social Media

Don’t forget to follow and take advantage of OpenTravel’s social media channels! Follow us on LinkedIn (OpenTravel), Facebook, and Twitter. Join our LinkedIn Group and be sure to use our hashtag #opentravel when posting relevant content. We cannot directly distribute member content, but we will share, retweet, and “like” your posts for further exposure if it is relevant to our community and not overly-commercial.


Many board members gather at the HEDNA Conference!

From left to right: Brian Bell (OpenTravel Alliance), Lew Hirasymiw (HEDNA), Andrew Rubinacci (HSMAI), Lorie Grant (OpenTravel Alliance), David Sjolander (Golf USA Tee Time Coalition and Executive Director of OpenTravel)