Genesis makes exodus

By Nadine Godwin

Genesis Travel Distribution System, the trade-owned and -managed GDS first envisioned in 1995, has ceased operations.

Simultaneously, Genesis ceased operating a hosting and fulfillment service for agencies.

Mary Alice Fischer, Genesis’ vice president of operations, said the operation shut down because its underlying premise had been outpaced by events.

“Airlines have increasingly moved content away from GDSs and onto the web, giving agencies new options for booking air travel outside the GDS and ARC/BSP settlement environments,” Fischer said. “With leisure and home-based agencies focused on these new content domains, the traditional ticketing, hosting and fulfillment model no longer makes sense.”

The two trade organizations created to support Genesis and its operations, the U.S. Travel Agent Registry (USTAR) and Canadian Standard Travel Agent Registry (CSTAR), also wound down their operations.
Bruce Bishins, president and CEO of all three operations, will turn his attention to his new position as president of TRIP Corporation, the ARTA  initiative to launch a new agency accreditation and identification system. Bishins also will continue as an ARTA board member and the executive director of the Airline Training Council.

Genesis said all its subscribers have been notified and have made alternate arrangements.

Genesis said FareSpider, the technology powering Genesis’ booking tools, will continue without interruption. FareSpider had been licensed to Genesis by technology vendor TravelSoft.

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