Just the e-ticket

The Middle East e-Ticketing Conference is to take place on September 10th 2003 at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai UAE. The conference will involve discussions on issues regarding the use of Internet and mobile applications for ticketing, payment and ticket information services.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  August 19, 2003

The Middle East e-Ticketing Conference it has been announced is to take place on September 10th 2003 at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai UAE. The conference will involve discussions on the broad spectrum of issues involved in the use of Internet and mobile applications for ticketing, payment and ticket information services.

The practice of e-Ticketing has proved enormously popular with airlines in the region, keen to reduce unnecessary paperwork, while reducing waiting times and increasing security.

“With the explosive growth of the Internet, e-Ticketing provides amazing opportunities for enhancing service and improving cost efficiency. You would be surprised to note that several countries across the globe are already enjoying the benefits of e-ticketing including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Mexico, Central America, Chile, Argentina, Belgium, Venezuela and The Netherlands,” said Ali Al Kamali, managing director of Datamatix.

Recent studies conducted on the effectiveness of e-ticketing suggest industries such as the Airline industry can cut their ticketing costs by a minimum of 80%. This system introduces a faster ticket process and ensures data security at all time because several steps in the ticket issuing and processing stage can be eliminated with e-tickets. In fact with e-tickets the cost of issuing a ticket can be reduced drastically from close to $ 12 today to a mere $ 1.50

An e-ticket allows authorised travel agents to transmit the ticketing information directly to the airline's database, enabling the passenger to check-in and board the flight without ever holding a paper ticket. E-tickets substitutes the paper-based flight coupons by an electronic ticket image that is stored in the airline's database.

The future of e-ticketing is seen as a paper-less and a hassle-free alternative to a conventional paper ticket. With the introduction of e-tickets all a passenger needs to do is to show-up at the airport with a proper identification document. Both Gulf Air and Emirates have recently adopted e-ticketing machines to speed up the process for hand luggage passengers in the region.

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