Technology provider Intuitive is to incorporate a GDS into its iVector dynamic packaging system, which is used by the likes of Lowcost Travel Group and getabed.com.
Andy Keeley, Intuitive director of sales, would not reveal which GDS it was working with but he said the additional functionality would be available to all its current customers on an opt-in basis.
“This is complicated because the fare rules are complex and you need to match it with contracts you have in your own system.
“Integrating a bed bank will usually take five to six days but this needs a couple of months. We are at the talking stage at the moment, going through the specifications.”
Keeley also revealed the firm is testing new Google Maps-based search functionality with Bookatrip.com which he said will be its quickest yet.
Lowcost Travel Group, which uses iVector for both its business-to-business and business-to-consumer sites and XML distribution, switched its technology from Top Dog two years ago.
It reported an immediate uplift in business, which it mainly attributed to quicker search speeds.
Croydon-based Intuitive has seen consistent growth and expects to expand its developer team to around 20 next year from just eight last year.
Keeley said the firm was not looking for rapid growth because it offers a bespoke service, not off the shelf solutions.
He said once the firm reaches 20 developers it would probably look to create a separate team.
Intuitive’s iVector system is based on a single code. Customers pay monthly, with revenues used to pay for further developments.