Global hotel solutions provider HRS has been chosen by Airbus to oversee the digital transformation of the aerospace giant’s hotel programme.

HRS will manage Airbus’s global hotel negotiations and ensure the right content flows into existing booking tools and new mobile applications.

Beyond this, the two companies will work together to implement virtual payment for travellers for all of Airbus’s preferred hotel properties.

HRS says its virtual payment platform means travellers do not need to use personal or corporate cards at the hotel and expense reports for lodging are done automatically.

The firm is already engaging with global hotel chains, smaller groups and independent hotels on behalf of Airbus for 2019 rate negotiations, with preferred hotel suppliers required to accommodate the virtual payment initiative.

Tobias Ragge, CEO of HRS, commented: “The trend is clearly leading in the direction of digital solutions. Data transparency, cost efficiency and traveller satisfaction are today’s challenges that we solve with our solutions.

“Corporations are taking a closer look at the value of outsourcing versus traditional hotel programme management. Given today’s corporate hospitality arena – with digitisation, fragmentation and globalisation driving increased complexity – companies need a truly customisable model, and we are taking the lead.”

HRS will highlight virtual payment evolution during a panel discussion featuring travel buyers, a hotel representative and a start-up at the ACTE Global Summit and Corporate Lodging Forum in Paris on 16 October. Registration for the event is still open here.

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