One stop shop including transitions, meetings and new extended stay options

The only platform to include the newly defined 8-night and above segment, which now accounts for almost 40% of bookings. Technology is vital as businesses seek to simplify purchase / reservation scenarios for travelers

COLOGNE, Germany, October 19, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –HRS, the world’s leading business hosting platform, innovates by including the new “long stay” hotel segment in its continuous supply approach and its corporate reservation platform. This new segment – more than 8 days – is a key feature of returning business travel, and HRS’s innovative technology simplifies the entire payment booking experience for travelers using the travel management channels. their company’s favorite trips.

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Business travelers stay longer in hotels when they go on the road. This trend, which accelerated during the pandemic, is clearly impacting corporate hotel programs as planned and negotiated for 2022. New HRS technology transparently resolves these issues for hotel program managers corporate, travelers booking online, and hotels keen to welcome business travelers back to corporate hotels. reappears in the coming months. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The trend of more long-term stay bookings is only accelerating with revisions to the due diligence policy and more vaccinated employees starting to travel. HRS, which works with 35 percent of Fortune 500 hotel programs, saw long stays grow to represent 39.2% of corporate hotel reservations during the first three quarters of the year. In 2019, only 7.9% of trips booked by HRS customers were for stays of 8 to 13 nights. While the 2021 metrics are obviously derived from a smaller volume, this data mixed with information gleaned from HRS purchasing managers and hotel partners proves that long stays are a key new element in buyer-supplier negotiations for 2022 and beyond.

“The extended stay segment is a remarkable new reality for buyers and suppliers as our industry turns to recovery,” said Tobias Ragge, CEO of HRS. “Simplifying the entire long-stay experience – from initial sourcing and loading rates to everyday shopping and virtual payment – easy for purchasing managers, travelers and hoteliers is critical to as business travel reappears. Additionally, even with reduced travel and meeting volume, companies using the HRS extended stay solution can fully maximize their value for preferred hotels as negotiations for 2022 continue into the fourth quarter. “

HRS Helps Businesses Take Advantage of New Long-Stay Segment to Ensure Cost Savings and Transparency

The importance of this new segment, along with the challenges of restarting travel as the pandemic abates, is leading HRS to help corporate hotel procurement managers improve their programs in several ways:

  • Offer an aligned and symmetrical experience to travelers, regardless of their segment;

  • Ensure appropriate rates for these types of stays – buyers are looking for more automation to eliminate manual and outdated processes typically associated with extended and extended stay segments;

  • Respond to the need for full transparency across all segments (including temporary passengers, meetings and groups, and long term stays) with Preferred Hotels as they negotiate for expected volume for 2022;

  • Fulfill the requirement for up-to-date information on a hotel’s hygiene standards and carbon measures, which are increasingly important for safety and larger green initiatives;

  • Facilitate virtual and centralized payment of long stay bookings, as most employees are challenged to carry the burden of accumulated overnight stays + taxes + incidentals on their personal or business credit card.

New extended stay segment creates opportunities for hoteliers which HRS helps them seize

HRS inclusion of long-stay segment facilitates expedited negotiations, efficient distribution and faster collection of payments for hotels. HRS’s proprietary payment and purchasing automation generates accurate displays and prices in corporate booking tools, propelling travelers’ preferred hotel bookings. The HRS Invisible Pay solution efficiently processes the larger sums of money generated by longer stays through secure channels used today by businesses and a wide variety of hoteliers around the world. Finally, hotels also benefit from new insight into a company’s total expenses and profitability, property by property.

HRS ‘ Clean and safe protocol and Green Stay Initiative – two new programs introduced for hoteliers to effectively showcase hygiene and green investments – are also options for aparthotels and other long-stay oriented properties to adopt to be more attractive to businesses on this fluid market.

“Hoteliers need dynamic technologies to capitalize on the growing segment of extended stays and see the return of their investments in place to accommodate these types of guests,” said Ragge. “By using intuitive technology that helps drive longer stay bookings, hotels increase their chances of securing stronger repeat business across all segments from mission-critical corporate clients when they get back on the road. “

HRS facilitates the monthly “supply waves” planned for its customers until November. By leveraging proven automation and data analytics, HRS reduced the historically-long multi-month bidding process to a four-week procurement cycle. This process results in a committed volume with transparent pricing, accompanied by security, durability and the satisfaction metrics that are essential to the evolution of today’s corporate hotel programs. Before the pandemic, HRS oversaw the purchase of more than 150 million room nights for its list of global and regional corporate clients.

About HRS

HRS is revolutionizing managed accommodation programs for businesses, hotels and business travelers around the world with its proprietary technology and expertise. The company is committed to facilitating safety, savings, security, satisfaction and sustainable hotel options for its global client list. Take advantage of its unique Hosting platform as a service, HRS oversees all corporate hotel programs for its clients, from initial procurement and rate assurance to booking, virtual payment and expense management. With more than 65,000 hotels joining Clean and Safe HRS Protocol in 2020, and the recent launch Green Stay Initiative, the company provides newly prioritized information on the key decision factors impacting post-pandemic travel. The company’s data-driven solutions deliver cost savings and performance to businesses across all categories of hotels, including temporary accommodation, meeting and extended stay scenarios, while digitizing hotel-side processes for improved best traveler experience. Founded in 1972, HRS today works with 35 percent of global companies Fortune 500, as well as the world’s largest hotel chains, regional hotel groups and independent hotels. More information at www.hrs.com/company.

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