If you thought the age of GDS is over – too expensive, too clunky and in its sunset years, think again. They are working hard on re-inventing themselves. Will they succeed? Only time will tell. But for now, let us not ignore the numbers.

TravelClick, an Amadeus company, announced that global distribution system (GDS) hotel bookings experienced a record year in 2018, generating over 75 million annual reservations globally, up from 70 million in 2017.

Whether you are a beginner looking for some basic understanding of GDS or an advanced user looking for some additional insights, we have gathered a list some of the best articles out there that cover a whole spectrum of information on GDS’s.

  1. An overview of GDS and opportunities for hotels
  2. Top 10 tips to help you get the most out of your hotel’s presence on the GDS
  3. Top 10 Best Practices for GDS Hotel Descriptions (HOD)
  4. Hotel Photo Distribution 101 on GDS
  5. GDS: The forgotten leisure channel?
  6. GDS and the business traveller
  7. GDS Performance in 2018
  8. Current state of play
  9. Global market share of top GDS’s


An overview of GDS and opportunities for hotels

“Despite the growth of direct booking channels and large online travel agencies (OTAs), a GDS remains useful for ‘shopping’ your hotel to more customers globally.” Read more

Top 10 tips to help you get the most out of your hotel’s presence on the GDS

“The checklist is made up of 10 tips that aim to help you get the most out of your hotel’s presence on the GDS – all with the aim of expanding your global reach, enhance productivity and drive down costs, and ultimately deliver excellent levels of customer service.” Read more

Top 10 Best Practices for GDS Hotel Descriptions (HOD)

“The GDS still is, and will probably always remain, a significant source of reservations and income for hotels. Both leisure and corporate travel agents use it to search and book hotels. Many OTA websites also use the GDS for inventory. Hence it is extremely important that you GDS Hotel Description (HOD) is as good as it can be.” Read more

Hotel Photo Distribution 101 on GDS

“First of all, In order to increase hotel bookings on all global distribution systems, it is imperative for hoteliers that their hotels’ visuals are being displayed properly. When uploading your images for distribution, a number of steps can be taken to optimize your listing. Use the following checklist to make sure your hotel is accurately represented on the GDS”. Read more

GDS: The forgotten leisure channel?

“Global distribution systems are the key to generating online bookings and leisure revenue. Here are some tips to get the most out of your GDS.” Read more.

GDS and the business traveller

“Traditionally, the way to book hotel accommodation was through the global distribution systems (GDSs), but now fragmentation rules: online travel agencies (OTAs), independent properties not on the GDSs, hotel booking agencies, disruptors, corporate and TMCs’ negotiated rates are all in the mix.” Read more

GDS Performance in 2018

“TravelClick, an Amadeus company, announced that global distribution system (GDS) hotel bookings experienced a record year in 2018, generating over 75 million annual reservations globally, up from 70 million in 2017.” Read more

The current state of play & what does the future hold?

“The global distribution systems are each pushing forward in their own unique way. By investing like technology companies in flexible distribution and payment technologies, they hope to provide a better value proposition to travel partners that are keen to cut out the middleman. Decades of bad blood between the two, however, still linger over the conversation.” Read more

GDS Market share

One of our most popular charts at Business Travel iQ shows the market share of the major GDSs. Each quarter the GDSs issue their financial results and include details of the number of transactions or segments they have handled during the year.” Read more

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