Egencia®, the business travel brand of Expedia, Inc. and Hyatt Hotels Corporation, today announced at the GBTA convention in Los Angeles that their affiliates have entered into a new multi-year agreement to include Hyatt properties around the world in the Egencia Preferred Rate (EPR) program. Hotels participating in the EPR program will offer advantages such as special rates and/or amenities to Egencia travelers.
"Hyatt represents a valuable addition to our EPR program," said Chris Vukelich, Egencia vice-president, supplier relations for the Americas. "The Hyatt portfolio of brands and locations are an ideal fit for the contemporary Egencia business traveler seeking modern convenience and value, and we look forward to working with them to offer innovative promotions that will help our clients travel better."
With the addition of more than 500 Hyatt properties across 47 countries, the Egencia global EPR program now totals over 10,000 hotels.
"We are pleased to work with a rapidly growing global Travel Management Company like Egencia. Business travelers are important to us and by working with Egencia we can cater to the needs of those travelers while also satisfying their companies' business objectives with great value. This is an excellent opportunity for us to position ourselves as the preferred hotel for business travelers," said Greg Cross, senior vice president for revenue management at Hyatt.
The rollout of individual Hyatt properties into the EPR program is anticipated to begin in early August, 2014.
The Egencia EPR program began in 2004 as a way for the global travel management company to offer added value and savings to its customers. Hotels in the program offer hotel loyalty points to Egencia customers and other added benefits that can include free Wi-fi, free breakfast and special discounted rates. As part of the Egencia integrated online and mobile booking technology, EPR program rates and amenities are consistently available across all Egencia booking platforms, whenever and wherever business travelers may need them.
The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
Egencia is a leading full-service travel management company delivering innovative business travel technology and expert local service to more than 10,000 clients in 64 countries around the world. As part of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), one of the world's largest travel companies, Egencia provides forward-looking companies with the ability to drive compliance and cost savings in their travel programs, while meeting the needs and requirements of the modern business traveler. For more information please visit us at www.egencia.com or connect with us on Twitter @Egencia.
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About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Ziva™ brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of March 31, 2014, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 554 properties in 47 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.