Minneapolis, August 14, 2019: CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, is proud to announce that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has re-awarded the lodging contract to CWTSatoTravel, CWT’s military and government division, for another potential five years.
Under the government-wide temporary duty assignment (TDY) lodging contract, CWTSatoTravel will continue to provide lodging negotiation and management services to all government agencies and military organizations through the FedRooms and DoD Preferred programs. CWTSatoTravel’s partnership with the GSA in supporting FedRooms is now entering its 16th consecutive year. Since 2004, CWTSatoTravel has steadily grown the program to over 2.6 million room nights annually in FY18. Since 2015, FedRooms has experienced a 30% year-over-year growth.
In addition to supporting FedRooms, CWTSatoTravel will also work with the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) to service its DoD Preferred Commercial Lodging program.
“We are honored to continue our partnership with GSA and DTMO for the next generation of the FedRooms and DoD Preferred Commercial Lodging programs,” said Nick Vournakis, president, military and government markets, CWTSatoTravel. “In 2018, FedRooms enabled a cost avoidance of $30 million for federal agencies, which is a savings of 8.9% off the allowable lodging per diem per night. We are excited to build upon the past success of this program and continue to provide industry-leading savings and services to the US government.”
Designated as a “Best-in-Class” solution by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FedRooms is the only government-wide, government-sponsored lodging program available to all federal and military travelers on official business. FedRooms offers hotel choices that are policy-compliant, have rates at or below per diem, meet all safety requirements, are exempt from hidden fees, and include additional negotiated amenities.
Launched in 2015, the DoD Preferred Commercial Lodging Program is a mandated hotel program in select markets for DoD travelers that ensures they are staying in quality lodging facilities close to TDY locations, are exempt from certain fees, and are offered amenities at no additional cost—all while staying in rooms that are below per diem.
CWT is a Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform. Companies and governments rely on us to keep their people connected – anywhere, anytime, anyhow – and across six continents, we provide their employees with innovative technology and an efficient, safe and secure travel experience. Every single day, we look after enough travelers to fill more than 100,000 hotel rooms, while our meetings and events division handles more than 100 events every 24 hours.
For over 70 years, CWTSatoTravel has served as the largest provider of global corporate travel services for the U.S. military and government agencies. As a division of CWT, we have access to resources that help our customers travel more efficiently and economically, while still providing an enjoyable experience.
We issue more than 6.3 million transactions annually to U.S. military and government travelers, in nearly 187 sites worldwide, and handle more than $2.6 billion in annual sales. And we do all this while staying compliant with each agency’s policies and procedures to help them achieve their specific mission requirements.