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How the GDS work

The 500,000 Travel Agencies that use the GDS will have established a contract with one of them, either: SABRE, AMADEUS or TRAVELPORT (Galileo/Apollo or Worldspan).

By connecting to the system they can perform searches with a selection of specific parameters, in particular:

  • location or Airport code (e.g. BER, TXL, LHR, LGW)
  • Chain code (OK for Alesia Distribution, MC for Marriott, DS for Design Hotels)
  • name of the hotel
  • type of hotel
  • points of interest
  • features, services offered by the hotel

The screen appears as follows:

Many Travel Agencies, especially on an international level, are part of a Consortium (Consortia). The main consortia are:

Consorzio

Mercato

ABC

Global

American Express

Global

BCD

Global

BSI

UK / Europe

CarlsonWagonlit

Global

CCRA

USA

DER

Germany / Europe

E-Hotel

Germany / Europe

FCM

Global

Hogg Robinson (HRG)

UK / Europe

ITP

UK / Europe

JTB

UK / Europe

Radius

USA

Thor

USA

Travelocity Business

USA

The Consortia usually request negotiated rates from the hotels. The agencies that belong to a consortium make bookings requesting both the negotiated rates and the BAR (Best Available Rate).