Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel industry, and HRS, a global hotel solutions provider, have announced a multi-year global distribution agreement.
The new agreement will add up to 70,000 hotels from HRS’ properties, the majority of which are independent hotels, to Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform. This gives the private hotel providers access to Travelport’s 67,000 connected agencies worldwide and the additional independent hotel content will help travel agents provide more choice and service to both leisure and business travelers. The HRS inventory will be fully integrated later in the year into the agent’s normal workflow, eliminating the time-consuming and inefficiency of booking across different channels. The agreement also gives Travelport-connected agents access to the HRS Business Tariff program which provides special corporate rates for more than 35,000 hotels globally.
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The Mantra Samui Resort is about to undergo a major transformation. The boutique hotel on Thailand’s Koh Samui is not only gaining a new owner, it’s getting an entirely new hospitality group at the helm.
Louis T Collection (Louis T) recently acquired the property as the first milestone in its ambitious plan to build an expansive, curated portfolio. The innovative hospitality and building solutions company will develop Mantra into its first Louis T hotel, a brand synonymous with independent style and local charm.
The hotel group draws its inspiration from Louis T Leonowens, one of the most interesting and revered foreign characters in Thailand during the 19th Century. The avid traveler moved to Bangkok in 1862 as a boy, when his mother took the role of
governess to the King Mongkut’s children. Today, Louis is remembered as a Siamese royal military captain, private
timber-trading magnate and luxury hotelier.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) today applauded Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai and Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01) for their leadership and partnership with the hotel industry in implementing 911 direct dial capabilities. The hotel industry and AH&LA, the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, have been working closely with both offices on this issue.
“The hotel industry is grateful for the support of Commissioner Pai and Congressman Gohmert in working tirelessly on this issue and partnering with the hotel industry to resolve this. What happened in east Texas was a tragedy and the pain of Kari’s family still endures. Our membership urgently embraced the need to make changes and we’ve made a lot of progress in a short time,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AH&LA.
“The 10 largest chains in our membership, representing some 40 percent of the hotel industry, have fully implemented direct dial, with some outstanding properties in the process of addressing the issue. We’ll continue to work aggressively with all our membership to ensure that direct access to 911 is implemented across the board.”
Large and small hotels around the country have made tremendous progress in moving swiftly to implement 911 direct dial in all their guest rooms. Commissioner Pai and Congressman Gohmert held a press event in Marshall, TX today to praise the hotel industry and AH&LA for its leadership and discuss the progress to date. Pai said hotels and motels around the country have achieved “significant results.”
The U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during 2014, according to data from STR, Inc.
Overall, in year-over-year results, the U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy was up 3.6 percent to 64.4 percent; its average daily rate rose 4.6 percent to US$115.32; and its revenue per available room increased 8.3 percent to US$74.28.
“The U.S. hotel industry experienced a great year and ended 2014 on a positive note,” said Amanda Hite, president and COO of STR, Inc. “The year’s performance broke several records thanks to continued strong demand growth.
“ADR and RevPAR for the year were the highest ever recorded by STR, and we expect more growth in 2015,” she added, noting that the company is forecasting a 5.2-percent increase in ADR and a 6.4-percent increase in RevPAR for the year.
Twelve of the Top 25 Markets reported double-digit RevPAR increases. Topping out the list were: Nashville, Tennessee (+19.0 percent to US$84.20); Denver, Colorado (+16.2 percent to US$84.86); and Atlanta, Georgia (+13.1 percent to US$62.66).