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Has the iPhone become a hospitality tool?
Wednesday, 16th July 2008
Source : 4Hoteliers.com and additional sources
In conjunction with the global hype of the iPhone, an amazing array of hospitality related software applications are currently popping up.

Several web engines are racing to develop softwares compatible with the iphone to offer the "isurfers" great tools and easy navigations to their sites.

Nowadays, you can book your preferred room with your preferred table at your preferred destination in one go!

Below is a selection of the latest top web tools:

The Latest Releases:

Travelocity's Travel Tools 

Travelocity® today announced that TravelTools, a new native application that offers iPhone and iPod touch users an innovative set of travel features while they are on the road, will be available at Apple's new App Store.

The TravelTools application will include a new location-based feature called "Hotels Near Me" which provides a dynamic list of nearby hotels, with links to maps, hotel descriptions, and booking options.

iPhone and iPod touch users away from home can also easily manage their itineraries booked on Travelocity, as well as get information on flight status and TSA security checkpoint wait times. The TravelTools application will be available as a free download worldwide from Apple's App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at itunes.com/appstore.

Earlier this year, Travelocity was one of the first major online travel sites to launch an application available to iPhone and iPod touch users via a Safari browser at iphone.travelocity.com.

" Our ongoing development for Apple's iPhone OS is a manifestation of our commitment to provide comprehensive services to travelers 24/7," said Jeffrey Glueck, chief marketing officer, Travelocity. "The newest Travelocity application exemplifies our philosophy of Customer Championship and our promise to customers to be there throughout their entire trip."

hotels.com Rooms Booking Engine 

hotels.com announced its new application for iPhone and iPod touch is available on Apple's new App Store.

The free application offers a richer mobile experience for researching and booking lodging and was built using Apple's iPhone Software Development Kit.

TripAdvisor's Gourmet Application

TripAdvisor® announced a version of its Local Picks™ restaurant finder will be available for free at the launch of Apple's new App Store today.

The Local Picks application, utilizing the iPhone's location-based capabilities, will allow people to find the best restaurants, as rated by locals, based on their current location.

"We want to make TripAdvisor content available to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible," said Christine Petersen, CMO, TripAdvisor. "Creating a version of Local Picks that takes advantage of the iPhone's location-based capabilities allows us to offer a simple and portable way to stay connected to TripAdvisor and get relevant content that can be used immediately."

At the tap of a screen, users will be able to see the restaurants closest to them listed according to TripAdvisor's popularity index, a way of dynamically ranking establishments based on customer satisfaction.

Each restaurant listing will include information about the establishment's distance from the iPhone user and its rating, based on TripAdvisor member feedback. Because epicurean adventurers may not just want to see the top rated local eateries, TripAdvisor is also incorporating filters into the application that will allow searches to be conducted by rating, radius and price.

In order to learn more about a specific establishment, iPhone users can select a particular restaurant and a map will be provided that shows the location of the eatery. While viewing the map, users can not only see the restaurant's cuisine type and address, but also tap on its phone number to be instantly connected to the establishment.

People seeking even more insight can view TripAdvisor reviews of the restaurant to help them find their ideal dining experience.

The above individual press releases are taken from the Travelocity.com, hotels.com and TripAdvisor.com.
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