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New FedRooms Contract Builds on Past Success

GSA # 10600

June 11, 2009
Contact: Judy Boysha, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service again awarded its FedRooms contract to Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
FedRooms is the largest managed hotel program in the world, offering federal travelers low-cost accommodations and close proximity to more than 7,000 hotels in prime locations. 
"Since its creation in 2004, FedRooms has evolved into a more customer-focused program," said James A. Williams, Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. "The number of participating hotels has increased an average of 40 percent per year, offering federal travelers unparalleled lodging options at or below per diem rates."
FedRooms is an example of GSA leveraging the federal government’s buying power to provide customers with the most innovative and best-value service. In 2008, FedRooms’ rates for the largest U.S. cities were 31 percent below the Business Travel News’ corporate rates.
In fiscal year 2008, FedRooms sales were $38.3 million, a 250 percent increase from the year before.  
Carlson Wagonlit has provided GSA with support on this innovative solution since the program’s creation in 2004. 
“We are looking forward to taking advantage of Carlson Wagonlit’s wide industry knowledge to help increase customer awareness and use of FedRooms, making it the lodging program of choice for federal travelers,” said Tim Burke, Director of the Office of Travel and Transportation Services.
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