Air Carrier Board RepresentativesRon Anderson-Lehman, Senior Vice President and CIO, Continental AirlinesSumeet Bahl, Director, Customer Technology, American AirlinesAllison Danziger, Director of Vacations Revenue Management, US AirwaysCasey J. Hossa, Senior Director, Information Services Division, United Air LinesTravel Integration Board RepresentativesBrian Bowerfind, Vice President, Global Channels and Business Development, Hotel Information Systems (HIS)Corey Ladd, Director of Product Marketing, Sabre HoldingsChuck Thackston, Product Portfolio Manager, WorldspanAlan Young, Vice President, Supplier Sales, Hotel Booking Solutions Inc. (HBSI)Car Rental Company Board RepresentativesJohn Turato, Vice President, Technology, Avis Budget GroupJames White, Director, Global Automated Marketing, The Hertz CorporationHotel Company Board RepresentativesLisa Fues, Director of Reservations, Inventory and Distribution, Marriott InternationalJennifer Ginty, Director of Electronic Distribution, Hyatt CorporationMelissa Montana, Senior Manager, Distribution and Content Delivery, Hilton Hotels CorporationThe board elected the following individuals as officers:Chair John TuratoVice-Chair Alan YoungTreasurer Corey Ladd"I'm very pleased to begin my second year as chair," said John Turato, vice president of technology for Avis Budget Group. "The companies represented on the board of directors understand the value of OTA participation, reaping the benefits of membership and positioning themselves as the leaders in the industry."Several new members were elected to the board, including Casey Hossa, senior director, information services division, United Airlines. "The OTA is especially relevant to airlines in today's market," said Hossa. "Reducing interoperability and distribution costs, and getting to market faster with our partners means better customer service for our passengers."Alan Young, vice president of supplier sales for Hotel Booking Solutions, is beginning his first year as an officer. "I am extremely excited concerning my new role within the OpenTravel Alliance, after five years as a member," said Young. "The OTA is one of the few travel industry associations to have board seats for non-supplier companies like mine, which allows us visibility, influence and credibility in the travel marketplace. Participation is a very effective way for non-suppliers to raise our profile and get the most out of our industry association dollars."Recent OTA ActivitiesIn June 2006, the OTA published its 2006A specifications, including Messages for hotel rooming lists and detailed property rule information for a specific room type or booking code for a designated propertyMessages for several components of the cruise booking cycle, including availability of dining arrangements, availability of hotel packages associated with a specific voyage, availability of shore excursions during a specific voyage, and availability of any specialservices during a specific voyage.A reference guide to provide guidance for implementers to build interoperable systems based on OTA messages transported over SOAP. Current and Upcoming OpenTravelAlliance ActivitiesPublic review of the 2006B specifications began on Wednesday, September 27 and will end on Friday, October 27, 2006. To download the review specifications, visit and click on 'Download the 2006B Public Review Release.'OTA board of directors member, Ron Anderson-Lehman, CIO of Continental Airlines, will speak at EyeForTravel's Travel Distribution Summit in Chicago, Illinois () on October 4, 2006 as part of a panel discussion on lowering distribution costs through standardization. In addition, OTA will host a seminar at EyeForTravel's Distribution Summit in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2006.About the OpenTravelAllianceThe OpenTravel Alliance is passionate about solving the problems inherent with connecting multiple systems within the complex travel distribution arena.The OTA's mission is to engineer specifications that make data transmission flow smoothly throughout travel, tourism and hospitality. The OTA creates, expands and drives adoption of open universal data specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry. Millions of messages based on OTA specifications are exchanged between hundreds of travel trading partners everyday. With a diversified membership representing influential names in all sectors of the travel industry, OTA is comprised of representatives from the airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, and trade associations. OTA working groups develop open internet-compatible messages, which are currently in use by companies across the travel spectrum. For more information, visit .