Joint GBTA/HRS Survey Details Frequency of Corporate Hotel Rate Auditing

By Suzanne Neufang

Those of us who have worked in the arena of corporate hotel programs for any length of time in recent history have all participated in debates about the accuracy of hotel rates. Far too often, those conversations revolve around erroneous rates and the scenarios pertaining to why the rates negotiated during RFP season don’t always – or even often! – appear when employees shop for hotels.

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HRS Kicks Off Collaborative Global Series for Corporate Travel Buyers

by Suzanne Neufang

Travel managers and corporate procurement executives are often challenged when it comes to carving time to check the pulse of the industry. In North America, we’re lucky enough to have a number of events (GBTA, ACTE, local BTAs, regional BTN events) that offer educational opportunities to consider fresh trends and hear from our peers on interesting panels. Many global corporate travel observers look at the list of events in North America with a jealous eye, wishing there were more scenarios for travel management professionals on other continents to further their knowledge of best practices and take new tactics back to the home office.

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HRS Helps Shine A Light at Los Angeles Film Screening

by Suzanne Neufang

HRS was a lead sponsor among several travel industry iconic brands at an L.A. Live event earlier this month that put a spotlight on the scourge of child sex trafficking. On January 17, 600+ people attended a screening of SOLD, a film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick, starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette. Through one girl’s journey in Southeast Asia, the film illustrates the brutality of child trafficking which affects millions of children both domestically and globally.

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2017 RFP Season – Time for Travel Managers to Pounce

by Suzanne Neufang

We’ve arrived at the fourth quarter, and prognostications for hotel rates in 2017 are starting to unfurl. Several respected entities have already published their forecasts. NYU’s Bjorn Hansen projects increases between 3-4 percent in the U.S.; Advito sees increases averaging as high as five percent. These type of “blanket” average forecasts often color RFP seasons that are, in many cases, just getting underway.

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