Alan E Young from IBS to chair Board of Directors at Open Travel Alliance

  • OpenTravel Alliance
  • 08.07.08
At a recent announcement made by Open Travel Alliance(OTA), Alan E Young, Head of IBS’ Canada Operations, has been elected the Chairperson of the organization’s Board of Directors and officers for 2008-2009.

OTA is the global travel industry’s leading distribution specification/standards development organization and its Board consists of members selected for their extensive experience in the travel industry specially on implementation of technology to aid travel distribution.

Alan Young has over 24 years of travel industry experience with extensive knowledge of Hotel Information Systems particularly on developing software applications for the global hospitality industry primarily in the property management and central reservations areas. Young's focus during the past years has been to aid hospitality technology start-up companies within the on-line travel distribution arena, most notably Newtrade Technologies where he was Vice President of Hotel Systems and Integration. Prior to joining IBS as head of its Canada operations, Young was Vice President, Supplier Sales for Hotel Booking Solutions Incorporated (HBSi) recently acquired by the IBS Group.

Commenting on his election as Chairperson of the Board of Directors at OTA, Alan Young said “With the ever changing dynamics of the travel industry, OTA will become even more important to both the vendor and supplier communities because implementing the standard has proven cost and efficiency benefits. This is a very exciting time for OTA and I am honored to help guide the direction of OpenTravel”

On the occasion V K Mathews, Chairman and CEO, IBS Group said, “IBS has always had the best industry talent, to fulfil our committment to deliver new-generation technology solutions that help the travel industry redefine its business. We are justifiably proud that Alan has been elected to chair the Board of Directors at OTA, in which post he is sure to make significant contributions.”

About Open Travel Alliance

OTA is a not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1999 by travel companies, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between the disparate systems in the global travel industry. OTA members actually do the work of identifying what messages are needed, prioritizing and creating the messages. This helps member companies meet interoperability requirements for themselves, their partners and their clients, thus reducing time-to-market for new products and services, decreasing IT costs, better servicing partners and customers, and increasing credibility in the marketplace.

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