• CommNet Partners with Hotel Reservation Service
29th November 2006, London – CommNet, the online marketing platform designed to accelerate growth and make things simple for SME’s, has partnered with Hotel Reservations Service to deliver a web-based system with global reach. There are over 180,000 hotels, from independent hotels to the major chains. There are 150 European destinations featuring 'exclusive price'. An inbuilt price checker saves business people wasting valuable time as those prices are at least 10% lower than anywhere else online.
CommNet seeks out simple, effective solutions for small companies. Managing Director Andreas Schutte travels extensively using HRS himself. He says ‘We look for time and cost savings to help our small business members work smart. I was impressed by this fast, secure, three-step booking process where you can make all your travel arrangements really easily in five minutes.’
See: www.commnet.org.uk for link.
Hotel Reservations Service is unique in the business travel market because there are no agent’s fees, no set-up fees, no transaction fees or ‘add-ons’. The CommNet/HRS alliance sees these same benefits made available to small businesses. Thanks to HRS’ significant buying power, SME’s can enjoy lower prices and services normally only available to companies with much larger travel volumes.
Real-time bookings mean customers can check availability to make last minute bookings. HRS is completely neutral with lowest priced hotels listed first. All hotels fight for top spot which drives prices down.
Whilst competitors debit a credit card when you book, HRS bookings are paid for when you stay in the hotel, with prices guaranteed at the price you booked. HRS understands that business meetings often get rescheduled and travel plans change. Flexible cancellation and amendments policies mean bookings can be cancelled or changed mainly up to 6pm on the day, without penalties or other restrictions. Andreas Schutte points out ‘Paying in advance and then being penalised for making changes to bookings sends travel costs spiralling out of control for small businesses. The HRS approach is very customer-friendly.’
Sandy Brckovich, Key Account Manager for Hotel Reservation Service says:
'Many organisations find managing hotel expenses a challenge. Working with CommNet we offer SME’s an efficient, cost effective way to book hotels and manage travel expenses. We ensure the best rates for business travellers and estimate SME’s will save at least 15% of their annual travel spend. If CommNet wants to offer relevant benefits to its members then HRS delivers this for hotel reservations.'
CommNet’s joining fee is £200 with a monthly subscription of £22. Membership pays for itself within a few months with access to free legal advice, discounts on a simple CRM system for SME’s, and a wide range of products and services tailored to suit small organisations.
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Summary of advantages of booking with Hotel Reservations Service;
• ‘Pay When You Stay’
• All services are free
• Free amendments and cancellations
• Exclusive prices at least 10% lower than anywhere on line, in excess of 150
• Immediate online confirmation with access to over 180,000 hotels worldwide
• Direct access to hotel with more detailed information
• Easy to use, three step booking process
• ‘Last minute availability
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Key Account Manager
HRS - HOTEL RESERVATION SERVICE
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Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME’s) are the backbone of economies around the globe. Recognizing the critical importance of SME’s to the world's economy, CommNet is creating and building a networked community for SME’s in the UK, Europe and worldwide. The platform is designed to encourage, generate and increase profitable business among its members.
About Hotel Reservations Service
HRS is Europe's largest online hotel booking provider to the corporate market. With more than 33 years experience, HRS book hotels for 12,000 companies, from small and medium-sized businesses to large, international organisations. With offices in London, Cologne, Paris and Shanghai, HRS provide access to the lowest rates at the widest range of hotels worldwide at no cost to the client. HRS is truly independent, do not have preferred financial partnerships with certain hotels or hotel groups, and do not bias clients towards certain hotels. Hotels distribute their rates directly through HRS and don’t have to rely on a GDS.
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