Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS) has launched its Certified Technology Partner Program, an elite program for EPS’ top technology partners from around the world.

The program will provide increased resource investment from EPS to further expand its technology partners’ business and become one of EPS’ most trusted tech platforms globally.

Over the next year, EPS will select up to 30 top global technology partners to join its Certified Technology Partner Program. Prospective tech partners must meet three key criteria:

1) map at least 90% of EPS’s supply;

2) integrate EPS’ API, EPS Rapid; and

3) meet EPS’ launch requirements.

In addition to Expedia Group’s hotel supply of more than 500,000 varied accommodations, certified technology partners will receive dedicated weekly tech support and EPS’ partner services team will review the tech partner’s integration every year to make sure they continue to be optimised.

Fritz Oberhummer, director, account management platforms, EMEA & LATAM, at EPS, said: “The Certified Technology Partner Program is a really exciting opportunity for us to recognise our top technology partners. Expedia Group invests more than $1bn in tech innovation every year, and we are delighted to share our expertise with our most valued technology partners.

“With the additional support from EPS, our certified technology partners will be able to launch their own client partnerships much faster – we have already seen a halving of launch times among test-phase certified technology partners.

“There are more than 360 travel technology companies around the world and our certified technology platform partners are a shortlist of what we consider to be the best platforms available. Platforms only achieve EPS certification if they meet our strict criteria for tech partner support and technical expertise – it’s essentially a quality stamp of approval.”

Certified technology partners will be able to increase brand exposure by working with EPS at industry trade shows, benefit from a listing across a range of EPS channels and support from EPS’ in-house marketing team. In addition, EPS’ partner services team will work closely with the tech partners to ensure they have mapped the right hotels and are offering the right rates for their end travellers.

EPS currently has ten certified technology partners, which have been part of a ‘test and learn’ phase. EPS aims to double this number in 2019 now the program has officially launched.