Choice Hotels International, Inc.
has launched a new iPad app. The company has also made upgrades to its existing iPhone and Android apps, making Choice Hotels readily accessible to millions of travelers around the globe.
The company's new iPad and existing iPhone and Android apps are free to download for all consumers and enable them to book rooms anytime, anywhere, using the most popular wireless devices available on the market. This translates to a win-win situation for both consumers and for Choice Hotels, putting the company's franchised hotels at guests' fingertips. There is no sign of slowing for the emerging trend of mobile travel purchasing — mobile revenue for Choice was up more than 250 percent year-over-year in 2011.
When introduced in 2009, the Choice Hotels Locator app was the first global iPhone app for the hotel industry. The company recently celebrated the one-millionth download of that app in September 2011, which generates thousands of reservations every month and is used by more than 1,500 consumers on a daily basis.
The Choice Hotels iPad and iPhone apps enable consumers to:
Search and book nearby hotels using GPS technology
View hotel details, amenities, and photos
Access their Choice Privileges account or sign-up
View or cancel upcoming reservations
Access Customer Service contact information
In addition, iPhone and iPad app users now can view their hotel search results in a list and map view as well as filter and sort their hotel search results, view local points of interest on the hotel search results map, and share their hotel via social media, text, and email. iPad app users have the added capabilities of being able to compare specific hotels and save a Choice Hotels property as a favorite through their Choice Privileges account.
The Choice Hotels Android app similarly enables consumers to locate hotels by city, address, ZIP code, airport, or popular attraction, view hotel photos, get hotel details and amenities, access their Choice Privileges account, and use mapping functionality. Recent upgrades to the Android app include improvements for speed, navigation and efficiency as well as search result filtering capabilities by both features and amenities.