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E-distribution in the midst of change

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Published on 03/11/04 - Updated on 17/03/22

The rise in power of online sites, the pressure on carrier distribution costs and the global economic situation have weakened the position of GDS. Main tool of travel agencies, these Global Distribution Systems must diversify in order to keep their status as an unavoidable intermediary. And the hotel supply, neglected up till now, returns to the centre of attention.

According to a report issued in 2002 by Galileo, one of the four largest GDS in the world (with Amadeus, Sabre, and Worldspan), 80% of all reservations have until now been made through Global Distribution Systems, universal “pipelines” that connect travel agencies with the major suppliers of the...

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