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02 May 2017
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Serko and HRS Strike Strategic Partnership to Enhance Corporate Hotel Programs


Auckland, New Zealand. 2 May 2017 – Serko Ltd. (SKO.NZ) A leader in online travel booking and expense management for business, today announced a new strategic partnership with HRS Global Hotel Solutions. The agreement enables Serko to further extend its offering of global hotel content, making Serko one of the single largest hotel metasearch platforms for corporate programs. HRS’ global inventory includes 350,000 corporate-relevant hotels – 210,000 of which are independent properties.

The partnership gives Serko customers the ability to book their own negotiated rates and HRS’ exclusive corporate discounted rates through both Serko Online and serko.travel platforms. Beyond access to unique hotel content, Serko clients can utilise HRS’ array of end-to-end service offerings to optimise their hotel programs. HRS’ digital payment and integrated meetings management solutions are also available to Serko’s clients via this partnership.

Darrin Grafton, Serko CEO, said: “This is a really important partnership for Serko. Working with HRS lays another major foundation for Serko to expand outside of Australasia. We see this as more than just a hotel content partnership but a strategic initiative that will bring measurable direct and indirect benefits to our clients through additional value-added services. It enables us to continue to execute on our vision of a single platform that can book and change any travel source required by a business traveller.”

The Serko relationship represents a milestone for HRS as it grows its presence in the region. Joint customers will gain from having easy access to global corporate hotel content through a single source, incorporating the exclusive HRS discounts as well as Australian and New Zealand hotel content fromThe Lido Group, which partnered with HRS in 2016.

Jason Long, Vice President Global Partnerships at HRS commented: “Online bookings in corporate travel are becoming more important every year. Today’s business traveller simply expects to find the right hotel for their trip directly in the booking tool of their company – and Serko is a natural fit to support corporates in Asia-Pacific and beyond. By enabling HRS’s unique value-added services through Serko, we can bring these benefits directly to corporate customers and their travellers.”

 

More information

Tamsyn Alley, Porter Novelli, for Serko

Phone: +61 2 8987 2100

Email: talley@porternovelli.com.au

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About Serko

Serko is Australasia’s leading online travel booking and expense management solution provider and is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board (SKO.NZ). With its HQ in Auckland New Zealand, and offices in Sydney Australia and Xi’an City China, Serko employs more than 100 people worldwide.

Serko Enterprise, which includes integrated travel and expense management capability, is used by more than 6000 organisations and is sold by most Travel Management Companies in Australasia.

serko.travel is Serko’s small and medium enterprise proposition targeting companies in Australia and New Zealand with less than 150 employees. It allows smaller organisations to self-onboard and make/change bookings online at no cost 24x7.

Visit www.serko.com and www.serko.travel for more information.

 

About HRS – Global Hotel Solutions

HRS makes business travel easy. Companies and corporate travelers around the world look to HRS to find optimal hotel accommodation and to simplify the travel process. From booking the best rates to payment and annual sourcing activities, HRS provides end-to-end automation and consultative services to more than 40,000 companies. HRS is also the world’s largest hotel content provider, offering five million rooms in 350,000+ hotels in 190 countries, all seamlessly available to business travelers and travel agents through all global distribution systems and online booking tools. HRS helps balance corporate hotel programs with unmatched access to independent hotels – which make up more than 70 percent of the world’s hotel supply. Our aim - realize savings for the corporations and increase traveler satisfaction.

Launched at its headquarters in Cologne, Germany in 1972, HRS today has 1,500 employees in 27 offices worldwide, with regional locations in London, New York, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Further information at corporate.hrs.com

Media Contact:

Rainer Puster

PR Manager Corporate Solutions

Tel: +49 221 2077-5108

rainer.puster@hrs.de


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