TrustedStays and Amadeus partner to bring STRs to GDS

UK: TrustedStays, a booking platform for corporate and government stays in the short-term accommodation and build to rent [B2R] industries, has announced a strategic distribution partnership with travel technology company Amadeus. 

TrustedStays was originally set up in October 2020 by industry bodies, the UK Short Term Accommodation Association [STAA] and the UK Apartment Association [UKAA], as a follow up to its nationwide “NHS Homes” initiative. The platform offers NHS staff and key government workers discounted safe and clean accommodation near their places of work, when they need to stay away from home but continue working.

According to Amadeus’ Demand360 data, 20 million more room nights were booked in the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, suggested that global business travel is resuming.

However, new research by the STAA shows that the needs of corporate travellers have evolved during this time as a result of hybrid and remote work, to include longer trips and a desire for greater variety of accommodation and services. With digital nomads and “bleisure” guests [a combination of business and leisure] now travelling in greater numbers, hospitality technology providers are responding to better serve this growing segment.

As part of the global partnership, TrustedStays will offer an API [application programming interface] connection to Amadeus to provide a route for professional short-term rental property owners, property management companies and the multifamily [build-to-rent] industry to offer their inventory to corporates and business travellers using the Amadeus platform. It is designed to give customers more choice and flexibility when it comes to choosing accommodation that best fits their needs.

TrustedStays CEO Merilee Karr said: “We are delighted to have this agreement with Amadeus which, for the first time, promises to offer corporate travel bookers the best of both worlds, bringing access to an innovative new product type within the tried and trusted GDS platform. The business travel landscape is an evolving one, where travellers now want more of a say about where they stay and for how long.

“Short-term rentals are quickly gaining credibility as a mainstream option in many companies’ business travel plans,” she added.

Katja Bohnet, VP, hospitality distribution, Amadeus, said: “With TrustedStays connected to Amadeus, corporate travel bookers can access a greater range of accommodation to offer their employees in the systems they already use. We value these innovative partnerships that not only support industry recovery but offer our customers more options on top of the over one million properties already available within Amadeus.”