[UPDATE, April 8, 2016: We published new information related to this article here.]

Corporate obligations on business travel safety are taxing the already hideous hotel request for proposals process.

While some companies rely on brand reputations or assume travelers won't stay somewhere unsafe, others ask hoteliers to answer hundreds of questions about each property's lighting, first aid, surveillance and fire safety. As a result, it's often sales departments that answer questions meant for risk experts.

Shooting for simplification and standardization, two separate initiatives . . .

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