Yatra selects OpenJaw Technologies

Posted: September 12th, 2006

OpenJaw Supplies Integrated Online Distribution and Hotel Inventory Solution for YATRA – India’s First Online Travel Services Company

Dublin, 12 September, 2006

India’s first online Travel Services company, is now enabling millions of Indian travelers to search, compare and reserve the best flight and hotel deals using a fully integrated travel technology solution supplied by Dublin based OpenJaw Technologies.

In order to provide a comprehensive flight and hotel searching capability for the Indian market, Yatra needed to source inventory from multiple suppliers including GDS’s, supplier direct connects, Low Cost Carriers and hotel switches, and also locally manage hotel content and room allocations. OpenJaw’s XML based online distribution platform, xDistributor provides Yatra complete flexibility and full control over the business management of its supplier connections. xDistributor’s integrated business rules engine allows Yatra to quickly and easily update their business rules to react to changing market conditions and to enhance their customer’s travel buying experience.

OpenJaw’s new Hotel Content and Inventory Management System, xHotel, enables Yatra to centrally manage hotel descriptive content, negotiated rates and inventory allocations for all their hotel suppliers. xHotel’s extranet capability allows individual hotels or chains to maintain their content, rates and inventory via a Web interface.

Yatra is the first centralised travel services company in India offering a comprehensive selection of Indian air, car and hotel suppliers through both its Web site, www.yatra.in and call centre. Yatra is meeting the rapidly growing needs of the current boom in Indian business and leisure travel which is estimated to reach approximately US$40bn in 2006, growing to US$40bn in 2009*.

“The Indian travel market is enormous and extremely fragmented making it difficult for Indian travelers to find and compare the best flight and hotel deals and book them online ” said Manish Amin, Yatra CTO and Co Founder. “Yatra now satisfies this need by bringing together all the major Indian travel suppliers under the umbrella of a single Web site. We won’t stop here; we will continually be enhancing our services and also offering international reservations as part of our online service”

“The complexity in procuring travel products from a myriad of diverse suppliers and distributing them either individually or packaged, to a multi-cultural, multi-lingual marketplace is a huge challenge for today’s online travel businesses such as Yatra.” said John McQuillan, CEO of OpenJaw Technologies. “Basing our systems on XML technology enables us to reduce this complexity and provide an easier, more open connectivity between these businesses and their suppliers and business partners.

Notes To Editors:

About OpenJaw Technologies

OpenJaw Technologies is a leader in delivering high performance travel distribution solutions to the global travel industry. Our solutions enable the world’s leading travel companies to market, distribute and sell their online travel offerings in a differentiated way.

OpenJaw’s solution portfolio includes the xDistributor Integration Platform and Business Rules Engine that enables travel supplier integration, distribution channel management and dynamic packaging; xRez: a highly customisable Internet Booking Engine; xRezAgent: a sales and servicing platform for call centre agents; xLocation: a location data and hierarchy management application; xHotel: a content, mapping and inventory management system for accommodation and xEvent: a content and inventory management system for events and destination activities.

OpenJaw is a member and active participant of the OpenTravel™ Alliance.

OpenJaw Technologies is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with a regional offices in Galway and Madrid, Spain.

About Yatra

Yatra was founded by Dhruv Shringi and Manish Amin, both formerly of Ebookers Plc and is funded by Reliance Capital Ltd., Norwest Venture Partners and Television 18 Group (TV18). Yatra is a centralized travel services company enabling businesses and consumers to book airline, railway and bus tickets and reserve hotel rooms and car rentals by calling Yatra’s call centre, or by going to the Internet website www.yatra.com, or by using their mobile handsets. Yatra will provide travel-related information, pricing, availability and reservations for airlines, hotels, railway, buses and car rentals across 5,000 large cities and small rural areas throughout India.

For more information, contact:
Yvonne Waldron
Director of Marketing,
OpenJaw Technologies Ltd.,
Station Mews, Lindsay Grove,
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: +353 (0)1 882 5444
Email: Yvonne.Waldron@openjawtech.com