Hotelbeds Group aims to raise the number of directly contracted properties available across its bedbank platform by 10,000 in three years.
The aim is to gain the best prices, under the best terms and conditions, for the group´s 60,000 travel intermediary clients globally.
The initiative follows Tourico Holidays and GTA joining Hotelbeds and forms part of a commitment to provide its online travel agency, tour operator, wholesaler and airline clients with a continually evolving portfolio of the best possible hotel content.
Around 200 new jobs are being created over the next four months in the company’s contracting and yield teams across many of the 200-plus offices the group has globally.
Sales and sourcing director Sam Turner said: “Already we have over 170,000 hotels globally, a great many of which are directly contracted, making us the B2B leader by a considerable margin – but we´re committed to growing that further and today´s news if proof of that commitment.
“Between our existing Hotelbeds brand and Tourico Holidays together with GTA, both of whom have just joined us, we already have the best sourcing professionals in the industry.
“So in order to fill these profiles we´re thinking outside of the box, including considering dynamic business people from outside the travel sector who we can quickly convert into talent.”