Travelport’s travel commerce platform is being boosted with the addition of over 70,000 hotels from HRS Corporate.
The multi-year distribution deal gives private hoteliers access to Travelport’s 67,000 connected agencies worldwide.
The additional independent hotel content will give agents more choice for their clients.
The HRS inventory will be fully integrated into the agent’s normal workflow later in the year, eliminating the inefficiency of booking across different channels.
The agreement also gives Travelport-connected agents access to the HRS Business Tariff scheme, which provides special corporate rates for more than 35,000 hotels.
Tobias Ragge, chief executive of HRS, 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.”
Niklas Andreen, group vice president hotel, car and digital media commerce at Travelport, said: “HRS is an important hotel distribution player in the travel industry, particularly in Germany, and we look forward to integrating their sought after hotel content to our travel agency and corporate customer base.
“It is an exciting partnership and one that forms part of our on-going strategy to redefine travel commerce and extend our ‘beyond air’ offering in hotels and cars, with a particular focus on growing in both the hotel and corporate travel space.”
Simon Ferguson, regional managing director, UK & Ireland at Travelport added: “HRS is an important hotel distribution player in the travel industry, particularly in Germany.
“We look forward to integrating their hotel content onto our industry leading platform and thus further expanding the capabilities of our travel agency and corporate customer base.
“It is an exciting partnership and one that forms part of our ongoing strategy to redefine travel commerce and extend our Beyond Air offering in hotels and cars, with a particular focus on growing in both the hotel and corporate travel space.”
The agreement with HRS follows other recent Travelport announcements relating to the non-air strategy which include the acquisition of Travel IT in January 2015 and Hotelzon in June 2014.