Travel agencies are concerned the cost which will have the ndc of the iata
Associations representing the travel agencies in different countries of Latin America, gathered in Folatur, agreed “to closely monitor” project New Distribution Capability (NDC), the new system equivalent to the GDS that prepares the International Association of air transport (IATA).
To “precautionary measures to ensure compliance with the principles of free competition and transparency in the market against the project of the NDC, New Distribution Capability, IATA”, the guilds of travel agencies in Latin America agreed to exhaustive monitoring of the project.
This, they concluded at the last meeting of the Latin American Tourism Forum (Folatur) in La Paz (Bolivia), “will direct benefit of the clientes-consumidores as well as the fairness of this system”.
The meeting held a conference call for information on the draft with Antonio Carlos Carbone, NDC Regional Implementation Manager of IATA for America.
“For us is very important that in such a system the travel agencies must have access to products in real time, in addition to airlines with code-sharing for the benefit of travelers. Also requested that consultations carried out travel agencies are initially limited to not generate some kind of exhibition on the traveler. Data only will be completed at the final moment of purchase”, explained the President of ANATO Colombia, Paula Cortes Street, who also currently leads the organization that brings together unions from travel agencies.
Anyway, said, “members of Folatur we are left with some concerns about the costs of the system for travel agencies and it will continue to work.” From the beginning, Folatur has made him reach the IATA recommendations from our members about the NDC model. We believe that we are on track for a decision, result of a joint effort to develop a neutral model that everyone benefits “, said CortÃ©s.
Statistics and statutes
Review of the statutes of the Forum itself, as well as ways to handle statistical information were the other key topics covered at the meeting which coincided with the FIT, the international tourism fair, in La Paz.
“Connection to Folatur statutes, revised document of the Constitutive Act signed last October and the objectives of the Organization, especially that of promoting and ensuring the development of the channel of distribution of the tourism, industry represented by the travel agencies, is reviewed through instances of fair competition”, explained the owner of the Agency.
At the same time, the Forum looking to make an agreement with signatures of experience and recognition in the sector to undertake a study on the growth of the sector in Latin America and their respective needs.
According to Cortes Street, due to the need for updated analysis of Latin American trends within the industry, Folatur will start the integrated Guild, in a first stage, define the themes of greatest impact for the sector. It is the beginning of the process of generating common indicators that are shared in Latin America.
In addition to ANATO, also are part of Folatur: AAAVYT of Argentina; ABAVYT of Bolivia; ABAV of Brazil; ACHET of Chile; ASECUT of Ecuador; ASATUR of Paraguay; APAVIT of Peru; AUDAVI of Uruguay; AVAVIT of Venezuela and representatives of the group GMA in Mexico.