Agents say theyre sticking with their GDSs ... for now

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Art Pfenning GDSs are in no danger of being abandoned in the near future, according to a TW poll of 410 travel agents, but the results of our survey should be watched closely in the future to examine emerging trends. 

Nine in 10 agents (91%) say they are not considering switching GDSs in the next 12 months, but one in five (18%) are considering a GDS alternative. Exactly which GDS alternative agents would consider switching to remains open. Eighteen percent (18%) mention G2 SwitchWorks, and 8% mention ITA Software, but 59% say they are undecided.

A third (33%) believe that a GDS alternative will completely replace their current GDS at some point, while 38% say they are undecided about that.

Agents appear frustrated by what is perceived as limited GDS inventory. A decided majority of those polled (72%) say that what is available on the Internet does not match what is available on the GDS.

Agents who are already using alternative GDSs say that about a fifth (18.8%) of their business is currently processed through these alternative GDSs. This percentage is unlikely to change significantly (19%) into 2006, according to the poll. These percentages will be interesting to monitor over the next few years.

Art Pfenning is the research director for Northstar Travel Media, Travel Weeklys parent company. For information on how research can help your business, or if you are interested in having NTM Research conduct your next project, contact Pfenning at [email protected].

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