Located within the United Kingdom, the Travel Technology Initiative is a European industry user group, composed primarily of UK based organizations. However, it takes particular interest in activities occurring within mainland Europe and may get involved in such in case they are beneficial to its members. Undertaken by TTI are projects in the tourism and leisure sector of travel industry that encompass: tourism ground products, like tours, attractions and accommodations; intermediary activities, including tour operators and travel agents; and leisure travel, such as package holidays, flights, cruises and ferries.
Throughout its history, the Travel Technology Initiative has pursued a number of objectives, namely:
- To organize workshops, forums and conferences,
- Operate a web site and publish a newsletter,
- Provide its members with the opportunity to learn more about technology related
- To coordinate technology process projects, which are of benefit to both its members and the tourism and travel industry as a whole;
- To coordinate activities with a number of other relevant bodies, including the Open Travel Alliance.
Activities of the Travel Technology Initiative fall into three major categories, including projects, cooperation and communication. Within TTI scope are a wide variety of projects, all of which are technology related and include such items as development of open technology standards; assistance and advice on getting standards implemented; development of business process standards for harmonization business processes between organizations; interested parties, dedicated to the development of common-use applications at their own expense, with the aim of operating them on the commercial basis.
Speaking about cooperation, it is necessary to mention TTI participation within the Open Travel Alliance, due to which a consultant of the Travel Technology Initiative is able to submit the TTI standards for OTA approval. Additionally, TTI strives to stay aware of other relevant bodies' activities and may co-operate with these if beneficial to its own projects. TTI's activities in the sphere of communication are carried out through TTI conferences, forums, a newsletter and a web site.
Launched as a result of the Quicksilver Task Force, the E-Government Act of 2002 and the President's Management Agenda and Management Council, the e-travel initiative is one of the original e-Government initiatives, managed by the General Services Administration. Its mission is to deliver such services that would provide a cost-effective travel experience and support excellent management.
As an inter-agency initiative, e-travel initiative was established to realize the cost savings, efficiencies and services associated with the integrated approach to managing travel function of the federal government.
It aims at consolidating travel processes for business travelers, with the new systems expected to simplify the process and providing managers with the access to their travel obligations.