Hotel booking agency, Expotel, has signed up the Monarch Hotel in Dubai to its ‘independents only’ initiative.
The hotel is the agency’s 500th member. Ninety per cent of the collection’s hotels are located in the UK, though overseas countries represented include Bulgaria, Malta, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Dubai and the USA.
Expotel’s Head of Partner Services Mark Bevan says: “Independent properties deserve more of a market share, for their rapidly-increasing professionalism as much as their ‘appreciative’ work ethics, character and individualism.
“We have placed business for this ‘independents only’ project worth £4.8m to date, including almost £1.5m of conferencing and over 40,000 bed nights.
“Through the Expotel Collection, such suppliers are currently benefiting from greater volumes of public sector as well as corporate business, partly because of their rate flexibility and willingness to offer ‘added value’ tariffs.”