Dutch startup launches employee discount travel program

Hotel Employee Rate

[Credit: Hotel Employee Rate]

Worldwide: A new “Hotel Employee Rate” travel program allows hotel employees and friends to travel with up to 50 per cent discount globally.

Julia Mayrhofer and John Laclé founded the company in 2020 as an initiative to help the hotel industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The program offers hotel employees and up to 10 of their friends or family fixed employee rates and/or preferred rates at accommodation in over 100 countries worldwide. The locations include the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. 

A few hotels and resorts that have already signed on to the program include La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino Aruba, Delfins Beach Resort Bonaire, Element Amsterdam, and Chateaux at Deer Valley, Utah, as well as major hotel brands such as Marriott, Hyatt Place, Tapestry by Hilton, and several others. 

Co-founder and managing director Laclé said: “The excitement independent hotels and hotel companies around the world have expressed in joining the program is tremendous. We recently had an extraordinary showing at ITB Berlin. With the commitments we received during this conference and our recent business expansion into Latin America and Asia-Pacific, we are expecting a myriad of additional hotels and resorts from all over the world to join the program in the next 30-60 days with many more to come later in the year.”

Laclé added: “The concept of the “Hotel Employee Rate” program was inspired by the hoteliers working the front-lines during Covid-19. Covid-19 has had a tremendous impact on our industry. The “Hotel Employee Rate” program is designed to help bring travel back as the world gets vaccinated. We believe all hoteliers—especially today—deserve to receive the benefit of hotel employee rate travel. We recognise the contribution this has for the recovery of travel and tourism and the benefits it offers our colleagues in the hotel industry.”

Hotels and resorts joining the program complete an initial onboarding process. The properties gain access to an online extranet whereby they can manage their own employees’ participation and yield manage their inventory.

In addition, each hotel employee can add up to ten friends and family into the program through their own account. The Hotel Employee Rate program directly connects to the majority of hotel systems allowing for seamless inventory control and reservation management.

Further information about the Hotel Employee Rate can be found here.

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