OCTO to Advance Technical Connectivity Standards for Tours, Activities and Attractions

A CONSORTIUM of leading reservation and ticketing system providers, distributors, experience operators and other businesses in the travel and tourism tours, activities and attractions industry has formed OCTO, a new association to non-profit whose mission is to advance the standards of technical connectivity for the third of the journey. – most important sector.

OCTO, which stands for Open Connectivity for Tours, Activities & Attractions, provides an open source specification (the OCTO Specification) to enable providers of reservation and ticketing systems and resellers of tours, activities and attractions tickets to connect their systems for more efficient distribution.

“The tours and attractions technology and distribution landscape is incredibly fragmented, with hundreds of technology vendors, in-house technologies and several hundred resellers,” said Carrie Keplinger, executive vice president of Go City and vice president of ‘OCTO. “This forced every company to invest in developing new APIs every time they wanted to connect to a new partner. A standard specification would significantly reduce the cost for many companies in our industry to connect to more partners and develop the industry.

OCTO is a 501c3 non-profit association formed by and for the tours, activities and attractions industry. OCTO’s mission is to make connectivity easier and more efficient by maintaining and advancing an open source technical specification and documentation for the industry.

OCTO does not provide any APIs, channel managers or infrastructure or connectivity services, and does not charge for any services. The specification and documentation are freely available on the OCTO website.

The organization is actively seeking members from across the industry to support the advancement of the specification. OCTO members have the opportunity to participate in the development of the specification through the specification committee and various working groups. OCTO also provides members with implementation support through an online community platform, as well as through online and in-person meetings. (You can learn more about OCTO and become a member today.)

OCTO is also looking for representatives from tour and activity operators and tourist attractions to join and participate in the Operator Advisory Board and Working Groups, to ensure operators have direct input on the direction of the specification.

“Tours and attractions are a very competitive industry. As an industry trade association, OCTO is committed to transparency, fairness and ensuring that the work of the organization fairly benefits the entire industry,” said Stephen Joyce , Head of Solutions at Holibob and Secretary of OCTO. “To that end, we have adopted an OCTO Code of Conduct and Articles of Association which detail each member’s responsibility for fairness and the organization’s commitment to transparency and avoidance of disputes. ‘interests.”

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