Egencia, the business travel brand of Expedia and Hyatt Hotels, today announced at the GBTA convention in Los Angeles that their affiliates have entered into a new multi-year agreement to include Hyatt properties around the world in the Egencia Preferred Rate (EPR) programme. Hotels participating in the EPR programme will offer advantages such as special rates and/or amenities to Egencia travellers. “Hyatt represents a valuable addition to our EPR programme,” said Chris Vukelich, Egencia vice-president, supplier relations for the Americas. “The Hyatt portfolio of brands and locations are an ideal fit for the contemporary Egencia business traveller seeking modern convenience and value, and we look forward to working with them to offer innovative promotions that will help our clients travel better.” With the addition of more than 500 Hyatt properties across 47 countries, the Egencia global EPR programme now totals over 10,000 hotels. “We are pleased to work with a rapidly growing global Travel Management Company like Egencia. Business travellers are important to us and by working with Egencia we can cater to the needs of those travellers while also satisfying their companies’ business objectives with great value. This is an excellent opportunity for us to position ourselves as the preferred hotel for business travellers,” said Greg Cross, senior vice president for revenue management at Hyatt. The rollout of individual Hyatt properties into the EPR programme is anticipated to begin in early August, 2014. The Egencia EPR programme began in 2004 as a way for the global travel management company to offer added value and savings to its customers. Hotels in the programme offer hotel loyalty points to Egencia customers and other added benefits that can include free Wi-fi, free breakfast and special discounted rates. As part of the Egencia integrated online and mobile booking technology, EPR programme rates and amenities are consistently available across all Egencia booking platforms, whenever and wherever business travellers may need them.