LIKNOSS GDS is the only GDS (Global Distribution System), that covers land and maritime transportation (ferry, train, bus). The term GDS, means a distribution system that connects the booking systems of the transport companies with the booking applications used by the travel agencies through online interfaces. The characteristics of LIKNOSS GDS include the objectivity among competitors (whether these are ferry companies or travel agencies), the atomicity of the commercial policy of each transport company with its affiliated agents and the smooth and safe operation.
LIKNOSS GDS offers significant advantages to both affiliated vendors (transport companies) and points of sale, focusing primarily on:
- For the transport company: One interface with its entire sales network. This interface ensures on-line access to the booking system, allowing the company to fully secure its policy and maintain control of the commercial agreement with the point of sale. It allows dynamic network deployment as more travel agencies are being added. It results in lower administrative costs and in rapid expansion of functionality resulting by LIKNOSS' continued investment in R&D. One of the most important advantages is that LIKNOSS GDS is a technology driven mechanism that manages properly the traffic by the sales performed online in peak periods that would normally end up in the systems of the transport companies, thus facilitates the day to day operations and allows a better understanding of the level of investment of the company.
- For the travel agency / point of sale: One interface with all transport carriers. Having a single screen for all this content, the travel agency minimizes staff training needs, has easy access to technology solutions, has the ability to manage centrally agreements and procurement, and has access to complete reporting, credit management and decision-making. Operating costs are reduced, allowing the travel agency to focus on its business plan and customer experience.
The infrastructure of LIKNOSS GDS was designed with a view to the pivotal role in the sales operation of transport companies and travel agencies. Therefore, its architecture is focused in serving the needs of the industry, which is the traffic that reaches up to several million transactions in only one day especially in peak period, the ease of the expansion of the equipment, the secure GDPR data and of course the 24x7 continuous operation.
The design, implementation and support of LIKNOSS GDS incorporates the complexity of maritime and land transport. CRS LIKNOSS has effectively leveraged 20 years of experience in the ferry industry taking into consideration unique features that include multiple needs across all European markets along with the specific needs in Polynesian areas such as the Greek archipelago and other important transport & tourism areas. At LIKNOSS GDS, this experience has been combined and expanded with the different policies, routes and legislative approaches from all markets (West Mediterranean, North Sea and Baltic) to create the multi-policy operation of LIKNOSS GDS.