The term ‘GDS’ crops up a lot in travel booking and travel management talk. Let’s breakdown the acronym and explain exactly what is a GDS is and does.
GDS stands for ‘Global Distribution System’. A Global Distribution System is, in essence, a central hub or reservation system for a wide range of different travel services. A GDS is used by airlines, railways, hotels, car hire companies and more to compare rates, correlate schedules and determine availability from a single point of access. Booking information and/or requests can be put into the GDS and connected to thousands of online travel portals and travel agencies. This grants the booking information or request worldwide exposure with one simple connection, and in turn makes it easier for agencies and TMCs to investigate or pick that case up.
Benefits of using a GDS are:
- Gaining better market exposure. Using a GDS places businesses or agencies in front of numerous clients.
- Growing audiences. Using a GDS let’s travel suppliers reach untapped customer bases from every corner of the globe.
- Real-time updates. Using a GDS enabling travel suppliers to alter and update prices immediately and capitalise on new opportunities.
Today most leading travel websites, travel agencies or travel management companies use or tap into the GDS. Two of the most popular GDS systems are Galileo by Travelport and Amadeus. Both of these GDSs can be used to book flights, rail journeys, car rental and hotel rooms.
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