About TTI

The Travel Technology Initiative (TTI) was founded in 1989 to establish technology standards within the travel industry. At that time, a number of leading travel companies recognised the benefits of using common system interfaces and documentation and agreed to form an industry wide group to develop technology standards.

Since then, TTI membership has grown to over 80 members covering countries across Europe and the USA. In that time, TTI has become the recognised authority on Electronic Data Interchange and e-commerce within the European travel industry and has also developed and introduced standardised ticket formats both for ATB2 and more traditional coupons.

TTI has widened its remit to include three primary objectives:

  • To engage in and/or coordinate technology and business process projects that are of benefit to TTI members and the Travel Industry, including the continuance of the standards work in which TTI has been engaged to date
  • To organise events such as Conferences, Workshops and Forums as well as operate a Web site and publish a newsletter
  • To coordinate its activities with other relevant bodies

TTI is managed by a Board of Director Shareholders from the Travel Industry with day to day activities handled by Liz Rylance our Administrator with Technical issues & OpenTravel involvement handled by Tony Williams our Technical Consultant. There is also a Management Committee consisting of TTI members who are willing to give their time to attend the quarterly meetings that direct TTI activities. Development activities are delegated to Project Teams which are resourced by member organisations.

  • TTI has an Alliance agreement with the OpenTravel Alliance with whom it works closely. It chairs or is represented on a number of OpenTravel committees.
  • TTI has become the recognised message standards and e-commerce authority within the European Travel Industry
  • TTI maintains and publishes the Unicorn EDI messages which are used by the Travel Industry world-wide
  • It has developed a message called REScon to transfer booking information from a tour operator videotext system to a travel agent’s local system
  • It has also developed a standard format for availability information (TOPAS)
  • TORIX is an XML message set which has been developed for the booking of package holidays

An important remit for TTI is to bring together like-minded individuals who have an interest in keeping up to date with what is happening in Travel Technology. TTI holds twice yearly conferences that tackle the important topics of the day. It also holds forums – shorter, more interactive events – that provide a platform for discussion and debate on hot topics. These events are also great networking opportunities, bringing together travel industry executives and technologists in a convivial, friendly atmosphere.

If your organisation is not already a member, why not join us? TTI is a not-for-profit organisation and, as a result, is able to set its membership fees at a surprisingly low rate.

All members are eligible to join the Management Committee and play an active role in steering TTI’s activities. Your participation would be really appreciated. Just get in touch with Liz.

TTI Officers

All members are eligible to join the Management Committee and play an active role in steering TTI’s activities. Your participation would be really appreciated. Just get in touch with Liz.

TTI Board Members
Tim Wright Chairman
Andy Richings Brittany Ferries Deputy Chairman / Shareholder
Michael Austin Company Secretary
Steve Dobson ATCORE Technology Ltd Shareholder
Allan Jenkins P&O Ferries Shareholder
Rickard Hedstrom Stena Line Shareholder
James Sandford Thomas Cook plc Shareholder
Chris Bayley TUI plc Shareholder
Simon Hulme dnata ltd Shareholder
TTI Management Committee
Tim Wright Chairman
Andy Richings Brittany Ferries Deputy Chairman
Paul Richer Genesys
Peter Hazel Premier Hospitality Solutions
Matthew Lunnon RWA Ltd
TTI Consultants
Paul Richer Genesys Conferences and events organiser, newsletter editor.
Peter Hazel TTIcodes and TTIplaces
Tony Williams Technical Consultant
TTI Administration
Liz Rylance Administrator

TTI Partners

TTI Affiliate Partners form a vital part in the TTI membership network.

TTI has formed valuable relationships with Travel Trade Bodies over the years and is committed to taking an active role in their promotion and growth.

If you are interested in developing a partnership with TTI please contact us.

Partners
International Federation for Information Technologies and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) The leading independent global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in the travel and tourism industry and experience.
Association of ATOL Companies (AAC) Ensuring members’ views are heard by opinion formers in Government, the Civil Aviation Authority, IATA and other trade bodies.
Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) The UK’s largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators selling £32 billion of holidays and other travel arrangements each year.
Association of British Travel Organisers to France (ABTOF) An independent body representing Travel Organisers to France.
British Educational Travel Association (BETA) Representing some of the biggest and best-known businesses in the youth, student and educational travel industry.
European Tour Operators Association (EOTA) The leading trade association for tour operators and suppliers with business in European destinations.
Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)  An umbrella organisation representing 122 of Britain’s best independent tour operators.
Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) The only representative body for Travel Management Companies (TMCs) and the business travel community in the UK.
Revenue Management and Pricing International (RMAPI) The international professional body for practitioners of Revenue Management and Pricing.
World Travel Market (WTM) The leading global event for the travel industry presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals.
The Open Travel Alliance A community for companies in the electronic distribution supply chain to work together to create an accepted structure for electronic messages.