Choice Hotels International Launches Free iPhone Application
Marks First Global App from a Hotel Company
Customers can now find and book Choice properties worldwide via a wireless version of ChoiceHotels.com available through any web enabled mobile device. Travelers can also locate our hotels around the world on the majority of Global Positioning Devices in use in cars, hand held devices and even on golf carts. This new application now provides over 11 million iPhone users with unprecedented access to over 5,800 hotels right in the palm of their hand.
Out of the more than 10,000 different iPhone applications currently available, this is the first global App to come from a major hotel company. Created to give Choice Hotels guests an easy-to-navigate mobile method of searching for and making reservations at Choice brand hotels worldwide, the Choice Hotels iPhone application is free for all consumers. One of the application's biggest benefits is its GPS capabilities, allowing users to find hotels based on location, get door-to-door directions, and look at street view images, all on an iPhone.
Within the first weeks of its launch, the app was downloaded more than 2,000 times from consumers in more than 40 countries, including Taiwan, Italy, Russia, Great Britain, France and Canada. As part of the initial version of the product launch, Choice is conducting extensive consumer testing and actively soliciting feedback through a number of forums, including a survey available through the iTunes App store.
"This consumer testing will guide us in creating future versions of the Choice iPhone App," said Chris Brya, director, user experience & eCommerce projects. "Listening to our customers and gaining their feedback is critical in developing mobile applications that best meet customers' needs."
Features of the initial release of the Choice Hotels iPhone App include the ability to:
- Search and book the closest hotel to any given location worldwide using GPS technology
- Make changes to or cancel existing reservations
- Find hotel locations on a map based on current position
- See street view hotel images
- View hotel photos
- Choice Privileges rewards program account access
- Get door-to-door directions to and from hotels
- Get hotel details and amenities
- Locate hotels by city, zip code, airport code, address or popular attraction
- Call hotels directly or 800.4CHOICE
The application is currently available at Apple's online store.
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International franchises more than 5,800 hotels, representing more than 470,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 countries and territories. As of December 31, 2008, 987 hotels are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing 78,915 rooms, and an additional 121 hotels, representing 10,190 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.
Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels Web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.