Read our latest blog post covering the unique challenges that PSD2 SCA presents to the travel and hospitality sector.

The decision by many regulators not to enforce PSD2 Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) on electronic payments on 14th September has given valuable breathing space to e-commerce and payments players. However, the travel and hospitality sector will find compliance extremely challenging even with the benefit of proposed 18-month managed implementation periods.

According to a recent research study commissioned by leading travel distribution and technology company Amadeus, only 35% of travel and hospitality businesses would have been ready for the 14th September deadline. With specialist travel industry analyst Phocuswright forecasting European online travel bookings of the order of €180 billion, any disruption to travel payments will have a significant economic impact for the sector and the payment providers who support it. This post reviews some of the key SCA issues facing travel and hospitality payments in a PSD2 world. It also proposes some starting points for travel companies looking to address the challenges.