It’s been seven years since the introduction of the first iPhone, and one thing has become very clear: smartphones make business travel exponentially less complicated. As the travel industry begins to integrate convenient mobile features, we’ve taken notice of a few trends that are changing the world of travel as we know it.
Using Bluetooth technology, guests at Starwoods Hotels and Resorts will soon be able to access their room simply by turning their phone 90 degrees… Bypassing the check-in desk entirely. The Starwood mobile app sends guests a message with a virtual key. The process will be introduced to two hotels by the end of the quarter; the Harlem Aloft Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y. and a property in Cupertino, CA., with plans to have all 123 of its properties incorporated by the end of 2014.
With all the advancements in mobile technology, its no surprise that a “mobile wallet” allows consumers to make payments straight from your smart phone. Mobile payment transactions have skyrocketed, and being able to conveniently pay travel expenses from the palm of your hand will be a gamechanger as you make your way from the airport to the cab to your hotel’s room service. Expect to see this option come up quickly as the travel industry jumps on board.
It used to be said that you can find anything on the internet. Well, you can find even more from your mobile phone in the form of mobile apps. Take advantage of the world of travel apps, including translation apps, currency conversion apps, and even apps specific to your preferred hotel or airline. You’re bound to find something that will make travel easier- even if it’s as simple as managing jet lag.
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