KDS Enhances its Services to Business Travelers in Europe

Hotel Reservation Service (HRS)  today announce a partnership to provide direct access to HRS hotel database and HRS Corporate service for the users of KDS
Corporate, the online business travel booking and management solution.

KDS Corporate is a leading online solution for business travel and expense management in Europe according to the PhoCusWright. It provides corporations with a simple online solution to plan, reserve and book air, train, car and hotel. KDS offers extensive and rich supplier sources, via any of the main Global Distribution Systems (GDS), directly via CRS systems (like HRS) and via Web links to certain suppliers such as low cost airlines.

HRS offers exclusive online service to its corporate clients with over 130,000 hotels in all price categories, from individual private hotels, to hotel chains and top international hotels in Germany, Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Companies can book hotels at their negotiated corporate rates and hotels can update daily their best-buy and last-minute discount rates.
With this partnership, KDS further extends its German and European specific supplier direct sources. KDS has also announced today the availability of Deutsche Bahn reservations directly from KDS Corporate, see separate announcement.

“We, at KDS strive to provide the richest possible choice of travel options to our clients and when it comes to booking a hotel in Germany, Europe or worldwide HRS is one of the best ones users can find,” said Jean-Fran├žois Vergnangeal Senior VP marketing & Strategic Alliances KDS. “HRS offers dedicated hotel management services to corporations and access to both main hotel chains and independent hotels you can’t easily book online. This agreement with HRS provide true added value to our corporate clients and further savings in their hotel purchases.”

Corporations using KDS to book their travel online and wishing to take advantage of HRS large hotel database will be able to search for hotel directly via their usual KDS Corporate interface. This new KDS Direct Link to HRS brings both access to lower star hotel categories (an increasing demand from corporations, especially for domestic trips) and best available lower prices from hotel (both negotiated fares and last minute fares).

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“As corporations in Germany and in Europe are increasingly turning to global self booking tools, we believe this partnership with KDS, one of the leading European provider of online travel and expense management solution is key in servicing large corporations,” said Hartmut Keil, Managing Director HRS.

The KDS Direct Link for HRS new option from KDS Corporate is available this spring 2004 with KDS Corporate latest version.


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