Lonely Planet and its BBC masters have said the recent suspension of the Thorn Tree forum was carried out in the interests of the community, rather than due to a specific threat of exposure.
Just how open is the OpenTravel Alliance? And, how much free stuff can a not-for-profit standards’ body give away while remaining independent and, well, open for business?
These questions were batted around a bit on Twitter — and likely elsewhere — as OpenTravel earlier this week introduced the OpenTravel Forum.
The forum, built on the phpBB platform, is designed as a resource for people implementing OpenTravel schema in the hospitality, transport, travel services, and tours and activities realms, and is moderated during work hours by Bonnie Lowell, the OpenTravel specifications manager and a former Starwood exec.