We have lots of big announcements to make today. The first is that we are excited to launch the much awaited Android version of Blynk iHotel. This means that hotel apps, powered by Blynk iHotel, can now run on Android tablets and phones, iPads, recently launched iPad Minis, iPhones and your existing in-room TVs.
What this means for hotels is that now there is a wide range of devices to chose from. Android tablets are available for as low as $125.
To continue the good news, Blynk is one of the first few companies to launch hotel apps which work on your existing in-room HD TV. This is achieved by installing an Android TV Dongle and a wireless mouse (less than $100 for the pair). Besides your hotel app, Android TV can be setup to run popular apps on the existing TVs. You can give your guests a revolutionary new interactive experience with minimal hardware cost and installation.
This means that the Total Cost of Ownership for Blynk iHotel solution is drastically reduced. Your hotel app can now run on more and more devices.
We recently did a survey to find out if guests are interested to use hotel apps. Here are some key findings:
- 65% said they would download the hotel app
- 93% said they would use the app on a tablet from the hotel room
- 93% said they would find such an app very useful
To get your own hotel app, contact us now.
Blynk was featured in the recent issue of HospitalityBiz Magazine’s special issue on In-Room Entertainment. Read our comments on page 16 below.
All hoteliers want to connect to their guests directly via the Internet. Till now, the efforts have been focused on having a good website.
However, guests view websites mainly on a personal computer. Since the revolution of mobile devices and tablets, guests now own more mobile devices and spend more time on the Internet via a smartphone or a tablet.
The above graphic from BI Intelligence estimates that sales of PCs will grow at a modest rate but sales of smartphones and tablets will skyrocket.
Mobile app for your hotel is one of the key ways to be present on guest’s devices and connect directly with them.
09 Oct 2012
Data released recently on usage of hotel apps in cases where hotels have installed tablets in rooms have found that more than 80% guests have used the tablet app on an average during their stay.
- 82% Guests used the tablet app during their stay.
- 11 number of uses (transactions) per stay.
- The most popular services are:
- In-room dining, 41% of total requests
- Wake-up calls, 21% of total requests
- Housekeeping requests, 7% of total requests
Blynk’s own surveys reveals that guests are eager to download hotel apps on their smartphones to explore hotel services, local information and place requests and orders directly from the app.
08 Oct 2012
01 Oct 2012
Below is a roundup of our favorite travel apps.
1. Google Maps
Google Maps works in almost all the countries in the world. It has amazing features like turn-by-turn navigation, public transport connections and the most updated local information for any place in the world.
Simply tell Google Maps where and how you want to go and you can be sure you will never be lost.
Hipmunk is our favorite way to do flight searches. Although it does not do flight bookings directly on the site, it is the best tool to decide which flight to book. It lists flight by agony, unlike other flight booking websites.
They have recently started a hotel search engine on their site too.
We love booking.com because it helps us book hotels fast and with easy cancellation options. For most hotels, it allows free cancellation till 1 day before your checkin date. We, like millions of users, love this convenience, making Booking.com our number 1 hotel booking site.
TripIt helps you organize your travel itinerary in 1 place which you can easily share with your family and friends or on your social media sites. The best thing we love about TripIt is how easy they have made to add your flight and hotel details to your trips. Simply forward your flight or hotel confirmation to their email and it automatically adds the details to your trip.
5. Local SIM Cards
Although not really an app, buying a local prepaid SIM card in the country you visit, lets you connect to internet on your smartphone in the cheapest possible way. Its only then you can use our recommended travel apps stress free. We find that this is the better than the many world SIM card options in the market.
Feel free to tell us your favorite travel apps in the comments below.
So proud to announce that Blynk Hotel’s new user interface design gets profiled on one of the most respected UI design websites – Behance.
Check out more screenshots on Behance of our new UI here.
We are proud to announce that Blynk Hotel was awarded ‘The Most Innovative Product’ back-to-back at both TTF Ahmedabad and TTF’s 100th show at Mumbai.