The agreement will add more than 70,000 incremental hotels from HRS’ properties, the majority of which are independent hotels, to Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform. This gives the private hotel providers access to Travelport’s 67,000 connected agencies worldwide and the additional independent hotel content will help travel agents provide more choice and service to both leisure and business travellers, the companies claim.
The HRS inventory will be fully integrated later in the year into agent’s normal workflow. The agreement also gives Travelport-connected agents access to the HRS Business Tariff programme, which provides special corporate rates for more than 35,000 hotels globally.
HRS CEO Tobias Ragge said: “Travelport’s platform enables us to reach new travel buyers globally, thus boosting the reach of our global hotel partners and ensure a significant increase in hotel bookings. It gives travel agencies and companies access to new hotel properties and enables them to find the right content, all within an efficient booking process a win for all parties involved and a key milestone in our multi-channel strategy.”
The agreement with HRS follows other recent Travelport announcements relating to its “Beyond Air” strategy, which includes the acquisition of Travel IT in January 2015 and Hotelzon in June 2014.