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The travel industry is comprised of many diversified sectors, including airlines, hotels, car rental companies, computer reservation systems, travel agents and other businesses that provide products and services to meet traveler needs. Travel industry business and technology leaders responsible for product distribution are working together through the OTA to transform the travel industry into one large global supermarket of products and services.
The OTA is dedicated to helping the travel industry take full advantage of the near universal access to the Internet and related technologies. By working in cross industry sectors, each sector within OTA identifies its particular industry needs and appropriate terms. A final product of the alliance is a dictionary of common usage terms used throughout the industry. This dictionary of terms is being compiled and used in XML specifications.
Each sector of the industry has its own well established industry accepted terminology. For example, a "passenger" to an airline, may equal a "guest" to an hotelier, a "customer" to a car rental company, or a "client" to a travel agency or online service provider. Working together within OTA, each industry sector defines its own host terms, having the XML dictionary interpret and mesh the data into a common language for communication and use.