Travelport has seen 30% year-over-year growth in GDS direct bookings for Expedia. The statistic covers the 12 months to end of March 2014, the latest data available.
Tracie Carillo, head of hospitality sales at Travelport, says:
We are working to continue to grow our support of their distribution through Travelport.
Hotels opting for the GDS model participate with Worldspan or Pegasus (or both), either through their chain or, for non-chain hotels, through a property management representative.
Hotels upload their rates and inventory from the central reservation system (CRS) to Pegasus or Worldspan, which passes it along to Expedia. (Worldspan’s GDS relationship with Expedia dates from the mid-2000s.)
Commissions are paid via Expedia. But the transaction is passed to the hotel, which then settles the transaction with the guest.
GDS hotels don’t benefit from the full service Expedia provides to the hoteliers it has a “direct” relationship with.
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