HRS, the global corporate lodging platform, now includes the “longstay” hotel segment in its continuous procurement approach and corporate booking platform. This new segment — 8-plus days — is a key feature of corporate travel’s comeback, according to an announcement, and HRS’ technology makes the entire booking-through-payment experience simple for travelers using their company’s preferred travel management channels. HRS, which says it works with 35% of Fortune 500 hotel programs, has seen longstays grow to represent 39.2 % of corporate hotel bookings through the first three quarters of this year. In 2019, only 7.9% of trips booked by HRS clients were for stays in the 8- to 13-night range. While 2021 metrics are derived from smaller volume, this data mixed with insights gleaned from procurement leaders and HRS’ hotel partners proves that longstays are a critical new element to buyer-supplier negotiations for 2022 and beyond. Tobias Ragge, CEO, said making the entirety of the longstay experience — from initial procurement and rate loading through to everyday shopping and virtual payment — easy for procurement leaders, travelers and hoteliers is vital as business travel re-emerges. Moreover, he said, even with the reduction in transient and meetings volume, corporations using the HRS longstay solution “can fully maximize their value to preferred hotels as negotiations for 2022 continue in the fourth quarter.”