The Lido Group has a proud history in Australia and New Zealand. Launched in 1987, Lido is a respected leader in facilitating hotel agreements and bookings between corporations, government agencies, and more than 8,500 hotels in its network. Lido's automated payment solutions, working in conjunction with all major card providers, typically drive process savings of 70 percent for clients.
HRS and Lido share a commitment to leveraging seamless payment to boost hotel program performance. This merger will help drive enhanced results for Lido and HRS clients - from hotel negotiations to booking to payment - at a time when lodging costs in Australia are projected to increase. HRS works with more than a third of the world's top 100 brands on their hotel programs.
"This merger is good news for a marketplace that is increasingly aggressive in implementing automation and technology that minimizes hotel costs while maximizing business traveler satisfaction," said Ana Pedersen, Managing Director of HRS Australia/New Zealand. "What makes this stand out is the unsurpassed combination of leading technology - like HRS' proprietary 'Recommendation Engine' and Hotel Rate Filtering Solution - with the expertise of our 60+ staff located in Australia."
"Our payment solutions have long been recognized for the efficiency and savings they've provided to clients in our region," said Steve Mackenzie, CEO of The Lido Group. "HRS is investing considerably in its worldwide payment platforms, giving this merger immense benefits for corporate programs."
Corporate Travel Spend & Hotel Rates on the Rise in Australia
Travel projections for 2020 and beyond for Australia highlight the timeliness of this merger:
This unique combination of factors in the region gives companies that are growing in Australia and New Zealand a compelling reason to work with the newly merged HRS/Lido team. With Lido's 8,500 connected properties and HRS' unparalleled worldwide access to more than 515,000 hotels, global and regional companies can easily expand their hotel options and take advantage of negotiated savings, booking efficiencies and true transparency through payment automation. Companies working with Lido today now have access to HRS' 500+ on-the-ground experts in the world's top 60 business travel markets to negotiate and support their hotel agreements.
Lido employees will join HRS this month and move into a new HRS office in Sydney. Mr. Mackenzie will retire from Lido upon completion of merger-related activities.
Established in 1987, The Lido Group offers hotel aggregation, hotel sourcing and payment systems resulting in one of the most advanced end-to-end managed accommodation programs and integrated solutions for its government and corporate clients across Australia and New Zealand. It offers maximum exposure to its hotel partners for bookings and revenue not only across Australia, New Zealand but worldwide too through its joint-venture with the HRS Group. The Lido Group received several national awards in the past two years for its innovation across the hotel and corporate travel sector.
By creating Lodging as a Service, HRS is revolutionizing the accommodation category for corporations, hotels and business travelers worldwide. Leveraging its proprietary technology and consultant services, HRS provides global corporations with an integrated platform that facilitates savings, efficiencies and customer satisfaction. HRS technology and its 1,500 experts drive the hotel programs of more than one-third of Fortune 500 corporations. HRS solutions also deliver newfound efficiencies for hotels and event planners. HRS was founded in Cologne in 1972. More information at www.hrs.com/corporate.