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HRS backs ACTE on innovation at the highest level

HRS, the global hotel solutions provider, has joined the Association of Corporate Travel Executives’ Chairman’s Circle Global Access Partner level, and will play a key role in meeting the group’s objectives throughout 2016. According to an announcement by ACTE’s executive director Greeley Koch, HRS will be instrumental in defining industry innovation as it relates to business travel management in general and traveller centricity in particular.

“Traveller centricity will reshape the way executives travel for the next 50 years,” said Koch. “HRS supports ACTE’s commitment to innovative thinking, innovative approaches to industry education, and innovative applications of technology to existing strategies. Above all, HRS supports this association’s endeavors to prepare for the next generation of business travel management today.”

“Travel management has to adapt to meet the ever increasing demands of business today, and in the future. Using our unprecedented knowledge of the hotel space, HRS is committed to driving continuous industry innovation, by evolving our own services to meet changing market needs, as well as through our involvement in ACTE, and taking travel management to the next level,” said Jason Long, HRS’s vice president of Global Solutions. “Our relationship with ACTE gives us the opportunity to work with like-minded industry leaders, serve clients with a shared vision, and contribute to a message of progress and promise. Our goal is to achieve real savings for companies and make life easier for the travel manager and the traveller alike.”

HRS is a global hotel solutions provider with more than 40,000 corporate customers worldwide whose message will resonate well with ACTE’s international constituency. As a Chairman’s Circle Global Access Partner, HRS will have access to the world’s largest travel management educational program. In addition HRS will have a distinct advantage in working with a greater percentage of high volume buyers at ACTE global events — on a monthly basis.

ACTE is conducting 75 events in 24 countries this year, nearly double that of other associations.

New to the industry just a year ago, the concept of traveller centricity has grown with the acknowledgement that the business traveller is the primary source of corporate revenue. Traveller centricity builds on the unique relationship between the travel manager and the business traveller as the team best suited to increase corporate revenue at the source. “The concept weaves travel management expertise and corporate sales acumen into the ultimate revenue generating tool,” said Koch. “It is a vast improvement over the ‘savings first’ business model.”

The full impact of an innovation-driven and traveller centric educational program will be evident during ACTE’s Global Travel Conference in Paris, 14-16 October 2015. Pre-conference registration is already 149 percent of this time last year.

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