For decades, travel agents worldwide have relied upon their global distribution system of choice to book hotels, and there are some very good reasons for that. As revenue-per-available-room growth is anticipated to slow in 2018, hoteliers looking for an edge will be well-advised to refocus their attention on this channel. Is the GDS really a viable source of leisure revenue? TravelClick has been collecting transactional data from four major GDSes—Sabre, Amadeus, plus Travelport’s Galileo and Worldspan—over the past twenty-odd years. What might be surprising to some is that GDS hotel transactional volume trends have been increasing during this time. In fact, 2017 projections point to 20 million more hotel booking transactions annually than in 2010. 20 million transactions! That’s nothing to sneeze at. More importantly, for properties that rely on the leisure travel segment, "25 million (or nearly 37%) of current annual transactional volume can be attributed to leisure-oriented hotel stays based on booked rate plan codes," according to John Hach, senior industry analyst at TravelClick. Get the full story at Hotel News Now Read also "GDS hotel bookings continue to rise in 2017"