Hospitality Workgroup Projects
Product Automation Project
Expedia and IHG, OpenTravel member companies, have proposed a project to create purpose-built product management messages. These messages will be used to handle the creation, modification and deletion of hotel products that will be used to replace the existing processes that are currently highly manual and asynchronous and are subject to delays and inaccuracies. The HEDNA Connectivity Workgroup has created requirements and has been working with Sandy Angel of OpenTravel to define existing OpenTravel data fields that can be re-used to fulfill these needs.
The goal of this project is to create two new message sets, one push and one pull, to send hotel product information. The creation of these new message sets would allow for hotel companies to send the product information in a standard XML format that can be adopted across hotel companies and their trading partners. This objective would be accomplished by the OpenTravel Hospitality Workgroup collectively creating hotel messages, enhancing the existing OpenTravel hotel message suite, the OpenTravel data dictionary and OpenTravel codes lists with new hotel messages and other message supporting information.
Vacation Rental Project
According to Travel Weekly, the vacation rental market in the U.S. is poised for what industry leaders expect will be explosive growth, thanks to the consolidation of companies offering professional management and marketing of what has traditionally been a highly fragmented product. Currently, only one in 10 Americans has rented a vacation home, according to PhoCusWright research, meaning that the upside potential is thought to be enormous.
To accommodate OpenTravel members that are participating in the vacation rental market, this project would be a two-fold study of the existing 1.0 XML Message Suite Hotel schema to determine a) what existing functionality is common to vacation rentals; and, b) what additional or enhanced functionality is required for vacation rental services and supporting XML objects in the 2.0 XML Object Suite.