SINGAPORE 9 April 2019: Amadeus’ global distribution system and Agoda, an online travel agency, are partnering to give travel agents access to pre-paid hotel content from 150,000 properties globally.
The partnership could end the age old frustration bosses face whenever employees book travel outside of the corporate policy.
Agoda’s content available at the same price as on the its website will allow travel agents to compare content in the GDS and OTA side-by-side on single screen, and then book the best deals on one PNR.
According to research from American Express Global Business Travel, the top reasons why employees book travel outside of their company’s travel policy has to do with the location of their accommodation – to stay in the same hotel as the client, to be closer to the meeting / event location, or to stay in a safer location.
Therefore, to encourage more employees to stay within policy, employers need to ensure their corporate travel provider has good accommodation options.
Amadeus head of hotels, mobility & insurance, Asia Pacific Christian Lukey said: “This is our first partnership with a B2C company in Asia, and an important one because it will enable travel agents to offer a competitive and seamless service while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. We are privileged to be the first company to globally distribute Agoda’s diverse selection of hotels to agents and travellers.”
Having access to this hotel content through Amadeus will be especially important for business travel agents, as they will now be able to book Agoda inventory for travelling employees that complies with all the employer’s duty of care requirements, and add it to a single PNR with the employee’s other travel arrangements.
Agoda senior director Ernst Hemmer said: “This partnership with Amadeus gives Agoda access to the global travel agent market and specifically the business travel sector, which is forecast to grow 5.8% annually to reach USD1.6 trillion in 2020.
“Agoda customers enjoy access to a huge variety of hotels, apartments or villas for their holidays and leisure use, and through this partnership will now also be able to access these properties for business travel too.”
Agoda is a leading online travel agent offering global content, and especially strong in Asian content, as the company was founded in Southeast Asia.