The TTI Travel Technology Initiative (London) was founded in 1989 to establish technology standards within the travel industry. At that time, a number of leading travel companies recognised the benefits of using common system interfaces and documentation and agreed to form an industry wide group to develop technology standards.
TTI membership has grown to more than 90 partners covering 10 European countries. In that time, TTI has become the recognised message standards and e-commerce authority within the European travel industry.
TTI maintains and publishes the Unicorn EDI messages, of which there are now over 130 in use by over 100 organisations world-wide throughout the travel industry. It has developed a message called REScon to transfer booking information from a tour operator videotext system to a travel agent's local system and has also developed a standard format for availability information (TOPAS). TORIX is an XML message set which has been developed for the booking of package holidays.
TTI is currently considering a number of new projects, including the extension of the TORIX message set to encompass non-packaged travel components, the development of an XML message standard for the transfer of descriptive content such as hotel and destination descriptions, the standardisation of geo-coding, and the development of a generic model of travel intermediary business processes.
TTI has an Alliance agreement with the Open Travel Alliance (OTA) with whom it works closely. It chairs or is represented on a number of OTA committees.
Tiscover holds shares in TTI Limited and has been a member of the Board since November 2001.