Hotelguide.com http://www.hotelguide.com has taken the lead in wireless access to hotel information worldwide with the release of its new hotel directory for mobile phones.
Already, travelers with WAP-enabled (Wireless Application Protocol) mobile phones can access the company's directory of 60,000 hotels, and Hotelguide.com is forging agreements to feature this new service on portal services operated by mobile phone companies around the world. Agreements have already been signed with companies in Asia and Europe.
Using simple search commands, WAP phone users can locate a hotel anywhere in the world and place a telephone call to the hotel's reservation desk with a push of a button. WAP is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users to easily access information and service. The Hotelguide.com WAP service can be reached from any WAP-enabled phone at http://wap.hotelguide.com.
Hotelguide.com's service is now accessible to millions of mobile phone users in China and Europe with the recent announcement of partnerships with two major providers of wireless services, Swisscom in Switzerland and SUNDAY in Hong Kong. The service functions on WAP-enabled mobile phones manufactured by Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson.Swiss telephone services provider, Swisscom, has placed Hotelguide.com at the top of their travel category, along with sports, entertainment and stock information. Hong Kong-based multimedia services company, SUNDAY, also recently unveiled a suite of wireless services to subscribers in which Hotelguide.com will supply all hotel information.
"Hotelguide.com recognizes the mass market appeal of WAP technology. The concept of finding and instantly reserving a hotel room using a telephone is extraordinarily convenient and we wanted to provide those benefits to our customers," said Rolf Marti, vice president of sales at Hotelguide.com.
Hotelguide.com is a member of the Nokia Artus Developers Program with Nokia Networks to develop value-added services for mobile operators. With already 80% of the mobile industry behind this new technology, wireless communications market research firm, the Strategis Group, predicts more than one billion wireless subscribers by the year 2004.
Hotelguide.com is an international hotel directory with over 60,000 hotel listings in more than 200 countries. The website offers secure online reservations, detailed hotel information, a weekly subscription based e-newsletter, currency converter and an affiliate program. In addition to extensive US, Asian and South American listings, Hotelguide.com's European listings are unmatched on the web.
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