The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) plans to introduce the Berlin Charter, a charter for the business travel industry, designed to further the relationships between airlines and buyers in light of continually evolving pricing and distribution strategies such as IATA’s NDC.
This initiative was confirmed by Paul Tilstone, GBTA senior vice president of global development in Berlin who said the Charter will be finalised for full member review by the end of the year and will re-state the managed travel principles originally submitted to IATA during the US Department of Transportation’s (DoT) review of Resolution 787, an IATA project proposing a new set of distribution standards for the airline community, entitled New Distribution Capability (NDC).
GBTA will be asking all airline chiefs to endorse the Charter to reinforce the vital relationship between the corporate travel buying community with airline leaders.
“The creation of the Berlin Charter is the next logical step to reinforce the needs of the corporate travel buyer as further changes start to emerge through the implementation of NDC,” said Tilstone. “It will allow us to ensure that the airline community truly understands the need for control, transparency and data of airline spend as their distribution strategies evolve. Travel buyers will understand which airlines are fully committed to relationships with buyers based on these principles.”
Included in the announcement was a commitment by the GBTA Foundation to launch the next version of its Airline Request for Proposal (RFP) toolkit. This new version will include ancillary services, distribution channels and airline surcharging and will be completed by the end of 2015.