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Hotel Booking Firm For Essential Workers And SMEs Gets State Incentives, Plans Huge Growth

Denver-based hotel booking company Hotel Engine expects to more than double its workforce next year by hiring 400 people, thanks partly to about $9 million in incentives from the state of Colorado.  The Colorado Economic Development Commission last month approved more than $12 million in incentives to local companies. The largest beneficiary is Hotel Engine,…

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Hotel Reshopping Attracts New Providers As Rate Volatility Continues

On Monday, Israel-based airfare reshopping tech firm FairFly announced it would roll out a hotel price assurance service to clients beginning next quarter. This follows a pandemic expansion by the U.K.’s HotelHub, which powers booking services like CWT Roomit, into lodging price reshopping. FairFly’s move came in response to “many client requests,” according to CEO…

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Hotels Reconstitute, Restore Brand Standards With Business Travelers In Mind

Hotel executives say they are reconsidering and reinstating brand standards, potentially impacting business traveler expectations and corporate sourcing.  Brand standards govern the responsibilities of property owners and operators. Ranging from design, maintenance and renovations to operations, amenities and customer services, they support consistent experiences and define brands. Prominent among them are specifications for food and…

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Marriott Again Wants To Skip Corporate Rate Negotiations As Hotel Pricing Remains Volatile

As it and several other hotel companies did last year, Marriott International told corporate accounts it would roll over current-year negotiated rates to next year and bypass the request for proposals process. Some companies last year agreed to that approach but others held out and insisted on negotiating new rates. The hotel company is getting…

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Adding Air, Tripbam Begins Evolution To Corporate Travel Spend Management Platform

Known as a corporate hotel program aide, Tripbam is spreading its wings into the air category. It plans to mimic its lodging capabilities and capture data on airline bookings, look for better airfares and automatically rebook them. It will develop benchmarks and analytics, and ultimately delve into air sourcing. The roadmap contemplates similar functionality for…