As competition in the hotel industry consistently intensifies, several hotel brands jump onto the Apple iPad bandwagon to stay ahead of the curve.
• The Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hong Kong
This independent property offers the iPad at their concierge with interactive maps, a shopping mall database, news outlets, weather forecasts and the Hong Kong International Airport information provider.
•Hotel Fort Canning Singapore
This boutique hotel, due to open in October this year, will equip its staff with the iPad rather than offering it to their guests. The team will be using the portable tablets in order to be accessible to in-house residents at all times, receving their email requests for room service, enquiries about their stay and the like.
• Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong
It offers all guests, regardless of room type, the chance to check out for a day iPads loaded with its specially designed city guide, Cantonese-English translator, interactive maps and newspapers, magazines and e-books. The tablets are available for free on a first come first serve basis. For those who fail to take advantage of the perk, can turn to the staff who will also have iPads loaded with the same functions.
• Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
The iPad is available at the concierge of the Makati Shangri-La and China World Hotel Beijing to assist guests with all kinds of information about the destination. The gadget is loaded with the lowdown on restaurants, flight information and movie schedules. At the China World Hotel, iPads are also used at events, conferences and banquets as part of the hotel’s Carbon-less Meeting Programme.
At the Shangri-La Tokyo, an iPad and iPhone application has been rolled out, enabling Apple users to make direct bookings, access the hotel’s latest offers and promotions as well as useful information about Tokyo.
The chain has brought out “The Kiosk” application for the iPad in Europe, and is planning to debut the service in Asia soon. iPads equipped with The Kiosk are available for guests staying in the suites at Sofitel’s Paris, London, Munich and Brussels branches. The application brings together a selection of six newspapers and magazines from different countries: Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, El Pais, Financial Times, Die Welt, Vogue and l’Official.