BridgeStreet Global launches business-travel OTA

BridgeStreet Global Hospitality announced the next phase of its ongoing plan to connect the sharing economy with the extended-stay travel market with the official launch of a new online travel agency built for business travel.

With this launch, the BridgeStreet supply partner community's portfolio of living spaces—over 65,000 professionally managed serviced apartments and homes available in more than 60 countries, providing experiences from economy to luxury— will be searchable on BridgeStreet.com while providing connectivity to the global distribution systems that have traditionally been difficult to access for this sector. BridgeStreet.com will be available through many of the most prominent channel managers and accessible via the BX GDS code.

"Our mission was to solve one of the industry's most persistent problems; 'simply offer wider choices—across a range of price points and hospitality accommodation experiences—with ease,'" Sean Worker, president and CEO of BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, said in a statement. "We've not only succeeded, here, we are uplifting the extended-stay industry—and for the first time, giving travel managers—and business—exactly what they need: transparency, immediacy and unparalleled customization."

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BridgeStreet has a curated list of trusted suppliers in professional accommodations, and each operator is vetted and inspected, and must comply with a complete BridgeStreet Guarantee regarding each stay. Requirements include timely delivery of keys, clean and comfortable rooms and reliable wireless internet on check-in. BridgeStreet's global supply partner community is quality-assured through the company's partnership with a global leader in quality management, is ASAP accredited and will ultimately include industry peer-to-peer review.

BridgeStreet's offering makes apartments and homes fair game for business travel. 

BridgeStreet.com is designed to removes obstacles around booking extended-stay guestrooms, and enables business travelers to book spaces and provides access to localized experiences with on-demand, real-time booking with a guarantee. Corporate travel managers will also be able to program their travel guidelines onto customized portals linked to BridgeStreet.com, enabling employees to find the space to fit their needs while remaining compliant with their company's requirements.

"Consumers and guests shape technology. It is our job to try and keep up with their needs by directly influencing guests and making it easy for the travel managers," Aaron Turner, CTO of BridgeStreet, said in a statement. "Companies like BridgeStreet will have to continue to focus on quality for the services they provide while adding more services and amenities and doing it faster and cheaper and better than anyone else."

BBridgeStreet.com gives serviced-apartment and home operators access to extensive global reach along with built-in demand from BridgeStreet's 4,000+ client portfolio and 100+ global sales team. Corporate travel companies, who have access to global distribution systems, will be able to see a supply partner's offerings and have a wide array of serviced apartments, homes and extended-stay hotels. 

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