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HRS selected by Airbus to Digitize its Global Hotel Program

October 9, 2018

COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 9, 2018--HRS, the leading Global Hotel Solutions provider, announced a landmark new contract today, with HRS being selected by Airbus to oversee the digital transformation of its hotel program. HRS was chosen by Airbus to manage its global hotel negotiations and ensure the right content flows seamlessly into existing booking tools and new mobile applications. Beyond sourcing and booking, HRS and Airbus are working together to implement virtual payment for travelers for the totality of its preferred hotel properties.

With HRS virtual payment, travelers no longer need to use personal or corporate cards at the hotel. Expense reports for lodging are done automatically. The benefits for companies with significant hotel volume like Airbus are also numerous; HRS has the world’s largest hotel benchmarking database, and the company’s unique auditing practices (driven by advanced robotics) delivers enhanced transparency and lower hotel rates.

Mutual Focus on Digital Services for Everyday Business Travelers

HRS shares the goal of increasing use of digital solutions for all traveler functions. “The trend is clearly leading in the direction of digital solutions. Data transparency, cost efficiency and traveler satisfaction are today’s challenges that we solve with our solutions,” said HRS CEO Tobias Ragge. “Corporations are taking a closer look at the value of outsourcing versus traditional hotel program management. Given today’s corporate hospitality arena – with digitization, fragmentation and globalization driving increased complexity – companies need a truly customizable model, and we are taking the lead.”

HRS is already engaging with global hotel chains, smaller groups and independent hotels on Airbus’ behalf for 2019 rate negotiations, with preferred hotel suppliers required to accommodate Airbus’ virtual payment initiative.

HRS to Highlight Virtual Payment Evolution at ACTE Global Summit/CLF Paris

A panel at next week’s ACTE Global Summit/Corporate Lodging Forum in Paris on 16 October will feature travel buyers, a hotel representative and a start-up discussing the benefits of virtual payment programs for corporations. While virtual payment is increasingly welcome at global chains, there is still progress to be made when it comes to regional chains and independent hotels. This session will explore how the industry can accelerate more widespread virtual payment acceptance.

About HRS

HRS simplifies business travel. Corporate travel managers and business travellers around the world trust HRS to find the best accommodation and simplify all processes related to their business travel. In addition to professional hotel sourcing and the negotiation of corporate rates with hotels, HRS optimises paperless payment of hotel accommodation and meetings as well as automated invoice processing. More than 3,000 multinational corporations rely on HRS Global Hotel Solutions. Customers include global players from the Fortune 500, including Google, Siemens, Alibaba, China Mobile and Volkswagen. HRS pursues clear goals: savings for companies and high traveller satisfaction. Founded in Cologne in 1972, HRS today has more than 1,500 employees in 35 offices worldwide, including Dallas, London, New York, São Paulo, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Further information at corporate.hrs.com.

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CONTACT: HRS Global Media Relations

Michael Brophy, +1-214-356-4326

michael.brophy@hrs.com

or

HRS France Marketing Manager

Lucie de Antoni, +33 1 41 34 48 42

lucie.deantoni@hrs.com

KEYWORD: EUROPE FRANCE GERMANY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY DATA MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TRAVEL LODGING

SOURCE: HRS

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