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What is TIDS and how can I get this code?

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The Travel Industry Designator Service (TIDS) is an IATA programme which provides a unique identification code for travel agents and sales intermediaries such as meeting planners, event organizers who are not currently IATA-Accredited Agents. The TIDS (Travel Industry Designator) code is designed especially for travel agents that, despite not ticketing, do make reservations and bookings for their clients with travel industry suppliers such as hotels, car hire, rail, ferries, airlines, conferences/events etc. TIDS speeds up and simplifies reservations processing, as it identifies you as the booking source from the very first reservation. This unique number ensures proper identification of the agent and their bookings in electronic reservation systems worldwide with a standard numeric code. Equally the unique TIDS identification allocated to an agency's place of business reduces the risk of duplication of reservation numbers, avoids the consequences of invalid or rejected bookings and secures any commercial arrangements with industry suppliers. If you have several agency locations, they may all use the same TIDS Code. However, if you wish to be able to differentiate between locations or different offices, then you may apply for additional TIDS Codes. One Application Form should be completed for each branch location. Once you become a TIDS code holder, your staff may apply for an industry ID Card . To apply for a TIDS code, kindly refer to the below link : http://www.iata.org/services/accreditation-travel/tids/Pages/index.aspx

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