CWTSatoTravel Awarded FedRooms Contract for Third Consecutive Term

Washington D.C. | July 28, 2014

CWTSatoTravel has been awarded a new contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to continue operating the FedRooms program for the U.S. government, with renewal options through September 2019. FedRooms, the only government-wide, government sponsored lodging program, has been serviced by CWTSatoTravel for the past 10 years.

The FedRooms program benefits the U.S. government by presenting hotel options that comply with government policies related to cost, safety requirements, and more. CWTSatoTravel demonstrated that it could continue to meet the requirements of the program and build upon the quality service it has provided, while incorporating industry best practices and program innovation to meet government needs.

“We’re very excited to be continuing this partnership with the GSA to provide the federal government with the best lodging program and tools in the industry,” said Matt Beatty, president, Military & Government Markets, CWTSatoTravel. “Having achieved an average savings rate of six percent under per diem based on the most recent analysis, we will continue to push the boundaries of the program to ensure efficiencies and traveler comfort over the next five years.”

Under the new contract, CWTSatoTravel will further evolve the FedRooms program to drive additional savings for government clients through a two-tiered lodging program. Tier one will focus on preferred hotel agreements in the top 100 domestic and top 10 international destinations, which represent 50 percent of the U.S. government’s hotel spend. This will help ensure property availability and best value in close proximity to government facilities and in high volume destinations in support of official business. Tier two of the program will address all other destinations outside of top markets with property or chain-level agreements capping rates at or below per diem.

CWTSatoTravel will focus on developing innovative solutions for aggressive growth in the government lodging market; and will work to implement a new sourcing strategy to build upon the strong level of savings already achieved through the GSA FedRooms program.


About CWTSatoTravel

CWTSatoTravel is the division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) responsible for soliciting and managing travel for the U.S. military and civilian government clients. With nearly 65 years of experience, CWTSatoTravel is the nation’s leading provider of travel management and fulfillment services to the government, fulfilling more than $2.3 billion in annual sales. CWTSatoTravel employs more than 900 associates throughout 187 locations in 14 countries and U.S. territories. For more information about CWTSatoTravel, please visit


About Carlson Wagonlit Travel

CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. In 2013, sales volume for wholly-owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$26.9 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit and @CWTAmericas.


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