Webinar - Today’s GDS – It’s Not Your Grandma’s CRS

April 7, 2010

Everywhere, 2pm ET

Today’s GDS – It’s Not Your Grandma’s CRS
 Join us for a Webinar on April 7
While GDS usage has declined in recent years, the vast majority of agencies still use a GDS system. For some key segments, such as air, the GDS remains the primary booking medium, despite distribution changes. Flexibility seems to be the name of the game in all areas pertaining to GDS. For example, when it comes to booking air, the main issue for travel agents is the flexibility to deal with unbundling and non-legacy carriers. Additionally, with respect to GDS contracts, there is a noticeable movement away from contracts based on fixed-rates to "no-minimum" and productivity-based contracts, allowing agencies more flexibility in how and when they use their GDS for booking. While most contracts are still three years in duration, the number of one- and two-year contracts is beginning to increase, suggesting again that agencies are looking for greater flexibility in what service they use and for how long.

Join ASTA’s Young Professional Society (YPS) Chair, Jason Coleman, as he moderates a discussion with fellow YPS member panelists, Kari Thomas of Will Travel, Inc. and Alex Trettin of TravelLeaders/Travel Center, on how their use of the GDS has changed with today’s constant technological evolution.

ASTA’s YPS is sponsored by Best Western, Las Vegas Visitors & Convention Authority, Sabre Travel Network, and TravelAge West.

For more information on GDSs, the ASTA GDS report is the only one of its kind that specifically examines GDS usage, contracts and distribution trends from the agencies' point of view and takes a close look at the reasons agencies use GDSs. Click here to purchase.
Title: Today’s GDS – It’s Not Your Grandma’s CRS
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
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