The programme began in 2004 as a key part of the Egencia hotel offering which includes nearly 200,000 properties worldwide. The EPR programme allows Egencia to deliver hotels from the Expedia group network in a way that is customised for business travellers through a combination of special prices and value added perks. “We created the Egencia Preferred Rates programme because many of our customers do not have the volume they need to negotiate rates with hotels in every city they visit. In fact, approximately 75% of our client base has no access to negotiated corporate rates,” says Rob Greyber, president at Egencia. “For the last 10 years, we’ve built a solid programme that gives business travellers more of what they need while maximising savings for their companies. In addition, for those with their own preferred hotel rates in some areas, our programme provides value at properties that are out of scope or in outlying geographies.” Participating hotels are currently located in 3,200 cities worldwide. As hoteliers continue to look for ways to capture additional business travel demand, the programme is gaining momentum with new properties from both independent hotels and major chains. EPR properties are accessible to Egencia customers from all online, mobile and off-line booking platforms and clearly flagged, making it easier for travellers to choose the value added services or savings they require. As part of the EPR programme, hotels offer loyalty points to Egencia customers as well as other business-centric amenities such as: - free Wi-fi, - free breakfast, - flexible cancellation terms, and - special discounted rates. Related Link: Egencia