Yapta, a provider of airfare and hotel price tracking services, has announced the general availability of TravelAI hotel analytics for what it calls the optimization of corporate supplier negotiations and policy compliance. TravelAI uses a combination of real-time hotel availability data and machine learning to identify areas of focus where companies can create or improve opportunities to save. At a glance, the solution delivers actionable insight into supplier utilization and performance, contract rate performance, and travel policy effectiveness. The solution also aggregates anonymous hotel pricing data across the millions of travel itineraries tracked by Yapta, creating benchmarks by spend amount, geography, industry and supplier. Valerie Layman, chief product and services officer at Yapta, said TravelAI highlights exactly where the contract rate and policy breakage occurs and allows issues to be addressed immediately. Because the solution examines all available rates at the time of booking, she said, it provides travel managers with clear guidance on whether a traveler decided to book a higher rate or premium room type when a standard contract room rate is available or if the supplier is not performing.