ITB 2024 Special Reporting
iGoogle at the Hyatt
Sunday, 4th November 2007
Source : Hyatt Place's
The industry's first location-based webpage populated with location specific content using iGoogle, has been launched. Guests can use free Wi-Fi to instantly access essential local information and relevant news -

This marks the first time a hotel brand is providing guests with the ability to immediately view relevant, local online content to assist them during their stay.

All guests taking advantage Hyatt Place's complimentary Wi-Fi will now access Google's services and view location-specific content immediately once they log in, including:

  • Local weather, traffic conditions, date and time
  • The hotel's Google Maps™ location and driving directions service
  • Widgets from FlightStats.com and Gmail, Google's email application
  • Some of Google's most popular RSS feeds, including CNN.com, USA Today's travel
    section, People magazine and CBS Sportsline
Guests can also incorporate their own widgets, or mini web applications, onto their customized webpage, allowing them instant access to the content they find most helpful in their everyday life.

For added convenience, the guest access webpage also includes a hotel television channel guide, instructions for printing documents or boarding passes on the hotel's complimentary printer and a full menu of items available in the 24-hour Guest Kitchen.

"The hotel experience has evolved – it's no longer enough to offer technology, it's about knowing how guests use that technology to help them manage their lives," said Alison Kal, vice president, marketing, Hyatt Corporation.

"When we developed Hyatt Place, we realized reliable, complimentary access in all areas of every hotel was crucial but that's only the first step. We wanted to ensure relevant information was immediately accessible so we integrated iGoogle – a product of one of the world's leading technology firms – to provide guests with content they need while on the road."

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