The Internet Distribution System is a collection of more than 2000 internet reservation systems, travel websites, online reservation systems and travel portals which specialize in internet marketing of travel and related services directly to consumers. These online systems have distinctive features that can be used to drive potential travelers to a given destination and/or travel company. Unlike booking through a travel agent or tour operator, any consumer with access to the World Wide Web has the ability to book travel on their own.
The Internet Distribution System offers technology that allows customers to build complete trips that combine flights, hotels and other lodging, transportation, and destination activities. Travelers have the ability to research, plan, and book their travel needs from a broad selection of partners. Technology allows the travel suppliers to change offers quickly so consumers may find great last minute deals to purchase.
Acronym: IDS from first letters of the words Internet Distribution System, as opposed to GDS (Global Distribution System).