Global Distribution System (GDS) connect hotels, airlines and car rental providers directly with travel agencies worldwide. Many companies also use them to book rooms for business trips.
Global Distribution Systems (GDS) are online reservation systems that enable hotels to make their rooms and prices accessible to a variety of travel agents and websites.
The GDS concept originates from the airline sector and was the first technology to enable electronic reservations in the travel industry.
It is comparable to a telephone book or registers. The GDS itself does not store any detailed data about your hotel, as this is stored in a Central Reservation System of your choice.
The GDS, however, is aware of exactly where they can find which data, thus enabling an agency in Switzerland, for example, to easily access hotel rates and availabilities in Buenos Aires, San Francisco or Cape Town via the GDS. If the hotel offers appeals to a customer, he/she can book it directly on-site at the travel agency.
You can determine whether the GDS connection will add value to your hotel by checking a few parameters. Simply answer the following 5 questions and we will provide you with a recommendation, on what you should/could achieve with the GDS.
We would be happy to assist you with the placement of your hotel online on the GDS, ensuring that all the relevant data is available once your accommodation is created in the Central Reservation System. Availabilities, prices and booking rules can be maintained effortlessly in the Hotel-Spider system and reservations are transferred in a fully automatic process from the GDS to your PMS via Hotel-Spider, along with all guest details and travel agency contacts. Your company rates and negotiated prices can be either fixed or dynamically managed with derivations. You have full control over your negotiated contracts and blocking dates.