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OpenTravel Publishes 2011B Version - Meets Disability Accommodation Requirements

OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel), the travel industry’s leading distribution specification and standards development organization, announces the publication of the 2011B version of its schema.

OpenTravel Alliance Included in this version were some changes to hotel schema that focused on a subset of the 2010 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) legislation that specifically applies to electronic hotel reservations and includes: 

  • Identifying and describing accessible features
  • Reserving, upon request, accessible guest rooms or specific types of guest rooms and ensuring that the guest rooms requested are blocked and removed from all reservations system inventory
  • Guaranteeing the specific accessible guest room.
Jonathan Kaye, a London, United Kingdom based disability consultant and quadriplegic, who has been working with the hotel and travel distribution industries to improve the booking process for travellers with disabilities for over 15 years and played a leading role in instigating OpenTravel’s hotel accessibility information work, said:

“OpenTravel’s work on hotel accessibility information is historic, marking the first time disability has been formally addressed by the travel distribution industry and I am proud to have played a part.  I wish to congratulate and thank Valyn Perini and her colleagues for this act of industry leadership. However, we all know that for this work to be truly effective and successful, it is fundamental that the travel distribution industry now implement it as fast as possible and hotels and other providers of accessible accommodation then ensure accurate and reliable information is provided to travellers with disabilities worldwide.”

The 2011B version also contains updates to hotel, airline, tours/activities and golf messages, along with new messages for railways and ground transportation companies. 

The 2011B version can be downloaded free of charge from this web site.

About OpenTravel Alliance

OpenTravel's mission is to engineer specifications to ensure traveler and supplier information flow smoothly throughout travel, tourism and hospitality. OpenTravel creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry.  OpenTravel is comprised of companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, solutions providers, technology companies and distributors. Tens of thousands of OpenTravel message structures are in use, carrying tens of millions of messages between trading partners every day.  To learn more about OpenTravel visit www.opentravel.org



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