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If guests can pay US$ 20 for internet for a day in a hotel, they might be more than happy to pay a similar amount to rent the most desired gadget, an iPad.

This seems to be the thinking behind a host of new rent-an-iPad services targeting travelers.

Singapore based TouristPads rents iPads to tourists with preloaded apps and unlimited internet access for US$ 25/day.

PadInTheCity, a similar service based in Spain, rents iPads for US$ 35/day. They claim to have grown from only 10 iPads to more than 250, in just a year.

The trend has started in hotels too.

Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco made news as one of the first hotels in San Francisco to start renting iPads for US$ 15/day.

Langham Palace Hotel in Hong Kong is another hotel which has iPads available for rent for its guests.

Hotel Stureplan, in Sweden rents iPads for US$ 15/day.

TravelVu, based in Canada, lets hotels rent iPhones or iPads at US$10/day. The catch for the low price is that they run their own advertising platform, so your guests see local ads.

Most of the above services charge a deposit against damages to the device. After the guest returns the devices, the iPads can be easily reset to a predefined setting by the hotel, removing security or guest privacy issues.

With Blynk Hotel’s success pricing model, it’s easy to try out a similar service in your own hotel. A hotel can start with buying a few iPads and offering it on rent to their premium / suite customers and can scale up based on guest feedback. It’s a risk free model to try and the extra press release to be one of the first few hotels doing this, won’t hurt :)

– Sunny Goenka, Co-Founder.

Link: 11 ways mobile technology can change the hotel guest experience!

Blynk Hotel already takes care of 6 out of the 11 points, with more coming soon!

– Sunny Goenka, Co-Founder.

We are proud that our lead designer, Dhanish Gajjar, was profiled in Creative Gaga magazine http://www.creativegaga.com/. We wish you a lot more recognition which you truly deserve. 

– Sunny Goenka, Co-Founder.

We take great pleasure in announcing that Blynk has officially tied up with Rick Tobin, Premier Hotel Realty for promoting and marketing Blynk Hotel in the United States! 

With this we aim to increase the bottom line of American hotels, while at the same time revolutionize guest experiences at properties running Blynk Hotel, our premium mobile and tablet solution.

– Sunny Goenka, Co-Founder.

Is Your Hotel ‘Liked’ on Social Media?

Link: SITA research concludes that Mobile will be the new dominant channel for Airlines within 3 years!

According to us, it’s exactly the same for the hospitality industry. Highlights from the video in the attached link:

1) By 2015, mobile will be the new dominant channel.

2) Smart phones and websites will dominate passenger interaction. Smart phones will dominate customer services.

3) Maximum growth in mobile as a distribution channel.

4) Personalization – major opportunity for direct channels.

5) By 2015, self service will come of age.

Bring your hotel / restaurant to life by creating 360* views and interactive tours with Google Street View technology.

If you are located in select cities in U.S., Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the UK (as of now), get your business on Google Business Photos.

http://maps.google.com/help/maps/businessphotos/index.html

Businesses every where are moving to the cloud. Hotels, big and small, are embracing the cloud. Running your hotel software on the cloud is now possible and is answer to solving all your existing tech complexities.

The new breed of guest experience solutions are leading the adoption of running on the cloud compared to existing PMS software. This means that a hotel can implement these solutions within days and without any hardware or software installations.

Blynk Hotel runs 100% on the cloud.

Is your hotel on Hipmunk?

After becoming one of the best way to search for flights, Hipmunk has released its innovative search experience to hotels!

Read more in this article: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/01/09/new-hipmunk-app-lets-you-search-for-the-hottest-hotels-using-heatmaps/


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