Hotel shopping service tripBAM has enhanced its program to ensure companies receive their negotiated rates.
The rate-enforcement feature cross-checks traveler bookings with a company’s
hotel-contract data and notifies the travel manager or agency if a traveler is
not receiving the negotiated rate when the contracted room type is available.
TripBAM will roll out the feature, available through TMC relationships and
directly to clients, to select partners in September. “Rate compliance today is
a fuzzy proposition, with local hotel owners and group managers unknowingly not
honoring corporate negotiated rates,” founder and CEO Steve Reynolds said.
“We’re merely trying to ensure all parties meet their contractual agreements.”
U.S. hotels will collect a record $2.47 billion in fees and surcharges during 2015,
according to New York University hospitality clinical professor Bjorn Hanson. That figure is 5 percent
higher than 2014’s total, which also broke historical records. This year’s
result is the product of a 3 percent year-over-year rise in occupied rooms, as
well as increases in both the volume and dollar amount of fees and surcharges,
according to Hanson. In recent years, group business has experienced increased
charges for bartenders and other event staff, special charges for set-up and
breakdown of meeting rooms and administrative fees for master folio billing.
Third-quarter reserved occupancy in both the group and business transient segments is down from the same period last year,
according to the August TravelClick North American Hospitality
Review. On the group side, reserved occupancy is down 0.5 percent, but average
daily rate is up 2.5 percent. Transient business reserved occupancy is down 1.4
percent, but ADR is up 4.9 percent. Overall reserved occupancy is up 0.6
percent for the quarter. The August NAHR looks at group sales commitments and
individual reservations in 25 major North American markets booked by August 5, 2015, for hotel stays from August 2015 to July 2016.
Delta Air Lines will add more service to the United Kingdom next year
as part of its growing joint venture
with Virgin Atlantic, the carrier announced Tuesday. On May 1, Delta will add
seasonal service between Heathrow Airport and Salt Lake City, the only nonstop
service between London and the United States’ Mountain West
region, according to Delta. Later that month, Delta will add daily nonstop
service between New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Scotland’s Edinburgh.