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More than half business travellers book hotels on their mobile

New research shows more than half of business customers now use mobile technology when it comes to searching and booking hotels, indicating a rapid increase in the use of mobile technology in the business travel sector.

The survey by Travelport, which polled over 600 corporate travel buyers, agents, hospitality and travel professionals globally, explored hotel experiences and expectations of the modern business traveller. The main findings were:

  • 80% would like to see mobile applications offering suggested restaurants and bars around the hotel location
  • 67% would like similar apps offering suggestions for recreational activities
  • 71% rank Wi-Fi as one of the most important technology solutions that should be included as standard in hotel rooms, 82% of travellers expecting this service to be in all rooms within five years
  • 54% wanted more transparency and choice when it comes to charges for optional extras.

There was limited appeal for mobile apps which could record TV channels remotely or convenience solutions like the ability to adjust the temperature of the room when away.

Niklas Andréen, global vice president of hospitality and partner marketing at Travelport said: “The responses seem to indicate that hotel rooms are no longer a place of rest but an extension of the office when travelling for business and as such it is important to move with the times and provide these services in a way that travellers want and expect.”

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Jen Bishop

Jen Bishop

Jen was the publisher at Loyalty Media and editor of Dynamic Business, Australia's largest circulating small business magazine, from 2008 until 2012. She is now a full-time blogger at The Interiors Addict.

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