The representative body, formerly known as the Guild of Travel Management Companies, says hotels don't understand the distribution service and must acknowledge the role of intermediary agencies such as online travel agencies (OTAs). It comes as Kew Green Hotels report a monthly revenue increase of 110 per cent in 2017 after introducing a new meeting space booking platform on their websites via the portal, which pitches itself as the Airbnb of meeting rooms. In a bold statement, GTMC CEO Paul Wait argues that hotels spawned the growth of OTAs because of the industry-wide problem of undercutting prices, and said without OTAs business travellers would miss out. Get the full story at meetpie