In 2008 the purchasing model used in Spain was introduced in Mexico, another step towards the standardisation of the worldwide purchasing model. The optimisation implies a reduction of 20% in the time needed to maintain agreements and greater autonomy in purchasing management by hotels within the standards defined for each brand.
Also throughout 2008 the introduction of the new purchasing tool continued, implying greater flexibility in the adaptation to business requirements, direct financial savings and a reduction in human errors. It is expected that the platform will be fully operational in Spain in 2009 and introduced in other countries from 2010 onwards.
As part of the Strategic Plan, the Purchasing Department also presented a project for the centralisation of the purchasing of materials and services. The project will begin at the end of the first quarter of 2009 and is expected to create a substantial improvement in data quality, allowing easier identification of savings opportunities.
The Purchasing Department has also participated in the renovation and opening of hotels, being responsible for the contracting of specialised equipment and facilities.