This latest data suggests that more travel managers are now seriously considering independent hotels within their corporate travel programme when booking overnight accommodation for employees. As demand for independent hotels has grown and is predicted to grow further in the coming years, HRS has responded by increasing its portfolio of independent hotels by 20,000 within the last year, now offering over 170,000 non-chain properties. The hotel solutions provider can therefore offer a wide variety of choice to travel managers and bookers to meet the needs of the individual and the business. As a result, with more than 290,000 properties in 190 countries, HRS offers a big selection of independent and chain hotels worldwide. Tellingly, HRS is now also integrating its unparalleled content rich portfolio with TMCs and OBTs such as Amadeus e-Travel Management, GetThere, Concur, KDS and Cytric to name but a few. Its portfolio is also integrated with all of the GDSs including Amadeus, Sabre, Travelport, Travel Sky and Abacus. These partnerships mean that TMCs and OBTs, as well as GDSs, can now access a large number of independent hotels via the HRS content feed that they wouldn’t have been able to offer their own customers previously. Indeed, with more than five million rooms now available through GDSs, these partnerships make HRS the largest provider of independent hotel content in the world in terms of listed hotels and bookable rooms. Get the full story Hotel Industry UK