XML travel interface makes online booking easy

The service, Whereto T2, claims it can access some 2 million fare combinations. In doing so it guarantees the lowest price fare for consumers. In the case of domestic travel it can also produce results where, for example, a traveller looking for the cheapest Brisbane-Sydney round trip can fly up on one airline and down on another.

Whereto T2 is an extension to the existing Whereto online booking system which is currently being used by a Harvey World Travel agency in Terrigal on the NSW central coast, and at the travel site whereto.com.au which is operated by WTS.

An XML interface built by WTS links directly with the Galileo Computer Reservation Systems (CRS) allowing consumers to access responses to travel questions in real-time. Galileo provides a massive travel database which connects more than 40,000 travel agencies around the world (approximately 2500 in Australia and New Zealand) with over 500 airlines, car rental companies, hotels and cruise lines worldwide. Equivalent players in this field include the Spanish-based Amadeus and US-based Sabre.

Michael Scott, Galileo's manager IT services, said this interface is the first commercial application of XML technology for travel booking. "This will change the way people will book online," he said.

By gaining access to the Galileo database online, travellers are able to view the same information that travel agents obtain when they view Galileo data from their offices across Australia. As these agents have yet to deploy an XML-based interface to Galileo CRS, they have to fire off numerous queries and then sift through the rules associated with travel. This can take up to 30 minutes in complex cases.

Mark Jones, WTS director of IT, said that because T2 is XML-based customers can punch in generic questions in plain English. This is then converted to efficient queries in XML and fed into Galileo's main data centre in the US town of Denver, and an answer returns to the consumer in a readable manner. He said some queries can utilise up to 25,000 different pieces of information before coming back to the consumer.

The service is particularly useful to travellers as, along with fares, it immediately retrieves the rules associated with a flight. This can say where travellers are permitted to stop over, when they must depart, how long they can stay and when they must pay. Within Australia, consumers can book multiple domestic flights or destinations. Consumers are also able to tack on car hire, hotels and insurance.

Jones said the fact that WTS has developed this technology in conjunction with Galileo and travel agencies has allowed for a product that works. "We have not developed this in a vacuum," he said.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Howard Dahdah

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?