TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,HOSPITALITY TRENDS
Agilysys | June 27, 2022
On June 23, Agilysys, a leading provider of next-generation SaaS and on-premise hospitality software solutions and services, announced that it was a Visa Ready certified partner. This partnership will give Agilysys hospitality clients, and their guests, a secure technology solution for payments. Visa’s ‘tap to pay’ payments for cardholders with a contactless chip card for mobile payment-enabled device is secure, touch-free and convenient. Visa Tap to Pay technology needs strict EMV requirements which Agilysys will follow for all its property management system (PMS) and point-of-sale (POS) applications that accept payments.
"As a Visa Ready for Tap to Pay certified partner, our merchant partners are able to provide their guests with a fast and convenient method of payment, greatly enhancing the guest experience, While Agilysys provides a comprehensive suite of innovative hospitality solutions, we remain focused on keeping pace with evolving payment needs of our hospitality partners and providing our merchant partners with secure payment solutions."
-Rohith Kori, Vice President Product and Corporate Strategy for Agilysys
We are proud to work alongside such an esteemed leader in digital payments," added Kori. "Our ability to offer fast, convenient and secure payment options will allow our clients to accept more transactions, and ultimately increase revenue in these outlets.
Tradition POS devices and mobile POS and PMS terminals, can easily process payments. Agilysys Pay supports all Visa contactless EMV requirements. Consequently, all Agilysys PMS and POS applications that accept payments will support these requirements.
HRS | August 01, 2022
HRS, the leading global corporate travel and payment technology platform, announced the offering of its full range of consulting services to the hotel community in the coming months to support a revitalized corporate lodging ecosystem. Beyond data-driven consultation that reflects the hotel priorities of its corporate clients, HRS automation gives hotel sales teams the ability to access and more efficiently bid for corporate volume – all at a time when more corporate programs are using the RFP process to negotiate not only rates, but other elements vital to business travelers as they get back on the road.HRS, playing its part to facilitate corporate lodging’s recovery, is offering this unique package of localized consulting, unlimited bid refinement and RFP support at no charge to the hotel community. Among its growing client base, HRS works with 35 percent of Fortune 500 companies on their hotel programs.
“It’s a new time for hotel corporate sales leaders. Travel patterns and dynamics are different, as are the definitions of 'travel' and 'workspace' for corporations, With volume rebounding and companies honing in on regional and national projections, married with the reality of diminished resources at many hotels, HRS is stepping up to help facilitate more opportunities for hotels to bid. Our unbiased RFP technology, data-driven analysis, and experts on the ground in key markets stand ready to help relevant hoteliers compete for these room nights.”
-Lukasz Dabrowski, HRS’ senior vice president of global supplier relations.
Optimized Tools Help Hoteliers Analyze & Refine Corporate Volume Bids
HRS technology – with elements built specifically to aid hotels as they contend for corporate volume – is especially helpful for hoteliers at a time when companies are increasing their submission of RFPs and hotel sales teams are being re-built in the wake of the pandemic. In this fluid environment, it allows hoteliers 24x7 access to refine, revise and re-submit bid terms – all at no cost – as appropriate during the negotiation window. Other time-saving highlights include:
Optimized bid submission processes that illustrate the progress towards completion of the submission, mandatory elements, and more
Ability to anonymously view elements of competing hotel bids
Multiple pre-filled fields in RFPs, reducing the time it takes for hoteliers to respond
Simplified user-flow that addresses evolving corporate requests
Efficient avenues to address the convergence of RFPs for different segments
Transformative Attribute-Based Lodging Procurement, as Priorities and Process Have Evolved
As new patterns come to light in the nascent post-pandemic corporate lodging arena, HRS is combining the buying concepts for transient, group, meetings and new Longstay segments to showcase the totality of anticipated client spend. Reflecting the new priorities of corporations – ranging beyond simple rates and amenities – HRS is helping hoteliers align with the most important elements of modern corporate hotel programs. This is particularly vital given the unforeseen elements impacting corporate travel procurement in varying locations, including items such as pandemic outbreaks, political instability, environmental changes and weather-related catastrophes.
The “5S framework,” introduced by HRS in 2021, has proven effective in capturing the evolving scope of new requirements from the vast majority of corporate hotel programs. HRS is educating its hotel partners about the 5S framework and how addressing these elements on an ongoing basis can help hoteliers win more recurring volume. The 5S framework covers:
HRS is committed to working transparently with corporations and hotels to drive more automated, expedient negotiations, concludes Dabrowski. There is no longer a 'RFP Season' per se. Instead, automation is driving shortened four-week cycles that allow corporations to be nimbler and more targeted in their procurement activities all year long. Mix that in with prioritized hygiene and sustainability requirements, and hotels are competing in a totally transformed procurement process.
HRS is reinventing the way businesses and governments work, stay and pay in today’s dynamic global marketplace. HRS’ advanced platform technology is extending its reach beyond hospitality to meetings, office space management, payment efficiency and crisis recovery. Beyond cost savings in the global post-pandemic economy, HRS clients gain from an unrivaled focus on essential aspects including safety, security and satisfaction. HRS is also recognized for its award-winning Green Stay Initiative, technology that helps corporate hotel programs achieve their NetZero targets, and its groundbreaking Crew & Passengers Solution, which leverages automation to elevate experiences for air and rail operations. Founded in 1972, HRS works with 35 percent of the global Fortune 500, as well as the world’s leading hotel chains, regional hospitality groups and payment providers. More information at www.hrs.com/enterprise.
TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,HOSPITALITY TRENDS
Sabre Corporation and Plug and Play | July 07, 2022
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology company powering the global travel industry, announced its partnership with Plug and Play's Travel & Hospitality program headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that brings together the best startups with the world's largest corporations. Through this partnership, Sabre will enhance its visibility and gain early access to the global startup community.
"Over the past years, we have accelerated our focus on innovation, both internally and together with strong partners, Our collaboration with Plug and Play is another milestone on this journey and we are very excited to engage with their world-class community of forward-thinking, driven entrepreneurs to shape the future of travel."
-Sundar Narasimhan, President Sabre Labs & Product Strategy.
Plug and Play's Travel & Hospitality program launched in 2016 and has since expanded to six locations around the world. Since its inception, the Travel program has accelerated over 250 startups and worked with some of the most innovative corporations in the industry. With this partnership, Plug and Play's goal is to complement Sabre's innovation roadmap through vetted introductions to promising travel technologies that will seek to ultimately translate to a faster recovery for the industry while improving the traveler's overall journey.
"When it comes to insights regarding the entire travel ecosystem, Sabre has demonstrated their commitment to diverse and in-depth products that touch many of our travel and hospitality partners and their customers," Sabre's commitment to digital transformation is exemplified by the innovative work coming out of Sabre Labs, their support in the startup community as well as their work with forward-thinking partners both inside and outside of travel. This partnership came into fruition at a perfect inflection point for the travel industry's recovery."
-Saeed Amidi, CEO & Founder, Plug and Play.
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we're present in 35+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where we've invested in hundreds of successful companies including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/
About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com.