Singapore, December 2014 – HotelQuickly, Asia-Pacific’s leading last-minute hotel booking app, is growing rapidly to support the travel needs of Singaporean consumers, especially staycations, amazing hotel deals and getaways. This year, the app launched new features including a significant redesign, local hotspot guides in major cities, as well as full PayPal and TrustYou integration. The availability of HotelQuickly in 14 APAC countries demonstrates the company’s dedication to listening to its customers and following tourism trends.
Designed to help travelers find the best deals on last-minute hotel reservations, the free app showcases the top 10 hand-picked hotel deals in each city with the average discount of 28% compared to the best price online. “Since the app’s launch in March 2013, we are thrilled to see Singapore has become one of HotelQuickly’s biggest markets with the network of over 100 hotels and 52,000 downloads,” said HotelQuickly CEO Tomas Laboutka.
“Spontaneous hotel booking via mobile should be fun and rewarding, especially when users can enjoy our staycations choices, great discounts for perfect getaways,” Laboutka added. “As more and more hotels want to become a part of HotelQuickly, we will continue to expand and deliver that service to our growing audience.”
“One of our biggest challenges is localization. We have done careful research on travelers’ behavior and watched booking trends in Singapore, in which most users would like to search various hotel-booking services then come back to us again and see if we have the best deals. Only through this could we improve the app quality and customer service,” Laboutka remarked.
For hotel managers, HotelQuickly becomes a highly dynamic way to sell extra rooms and to improve the hotel’s occupancy. The inventory is updated in real-time, adding to the experience of the user and the need of the hoteliers. Among the 4,000+ hand-picked hotels in the region are e.g. Pan Pacific, Banyan Tree Bangkok, ParkRoyal, Le Meridien Cyberport, Hullett House.
The company’s growth has been facilitated by a major Series A-1 fundraising round that earned 4.5m USD. The round was led by one of Japan’s leading VCs, GREE, Inc., and co-investor Mr. William E. Heinecke, CEO & Chairman of Thai-based Minor International.
“We’re seeing a clear shift from online to mobile, and as traditional booking channels lose ground, there is tremendous opportunity for a service like HotelQuickly in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Heinecke.
With the highest smartphone penetration in the region, HotelQuickly will only continue to support more Singaporeans to find the best value when booking hotels at the last minute.
About Hotel Quickly Ltd.
HotelQuickly is a leading last-minute hotel booking app offering travelers heavily discounted deals in more than 120 destinations in Asia-Pacific. Rates on HotelQuickly are on average 28% cheaper than the best price online, disrupting traditional booking channels in a highly competitive industry. Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices throughout the region, HotelQuickly has secured 5.65m USD from global investors since its launch in March 2013. Perfect for a wide variety of occasions, HotelQuickly appeals to users all over the world traveling in Asia-Pacific and is available in six languages. Featuring more than 4,000 curated hotels, HotelQuickly is currently available in Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The free app is available for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry 10 devices.