Computers and Travel
Overview Travel agents once had
exclusive access to the computers used to book tickets, reserve
flights, and display flight information. Today, the World Wide Web
provides the same access to consumers, too. In addition, armchair
travelers can find destination information, reserve hotels and rental
cars, and even book tours or activities on line. Follow the links below to
find out more about how computers are used in the travel industry.
General Information SABER (Also
called SABRE) is one of the oldest and largest computerized travel
networks. Check out its Web site at this
link. Also check out www.travelocity.com,
for travel information including ticket prices, destination information,
and flight schedules.
- Check out Ramon
Stoppelenburg's Web site at www.letmestayforaday.com.
- Read an article about
GDSs at this
- Check out this
Yahoo listing of on-line travelogues.
- Read an article
describing how a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee investigated
claims that Orbitz was anti-competitive at this
link. A related story can be found here.
- Read a history of
American Airlines, including the chance meeting between American
Airlines president C. R. Smith and IBM Sales Representative R. Blair
Smith, at this
Consumer Travel Links The following
links lead to Web sites that contain destination information and travel
- Visit www.frommers.com
for low-budget travel advice.
can help you find lodging and restaurant information in hundreds of
cities around the world, as well as recommend tours and activities.
includes information for independent travelers. Check out the Thorn
Tree for ordinary travelersí comments and travelogues about
specializes in information for student travelers
have reviews and ratings of specific hotels, restaurants, and tourist
maps any address in the United States, and can even display
point-to-point maps that lead you from one location to another.
Additional Links Want to learn more
about different types of distribution systems? Check out this
link. Read the US Department of Labor's description of Travel Agents here.