I never easily trust companies when they tell me the total cost of ownership of their products and neither should you trust us when we say that it costs less than $0.50 / day when you buy a tablet.
But many companies have started renting out tablets especially to travellers. The latest is that XCom Global has started renting out the Google Nexus 7 at, hold your breadth, only $1 a day. If you don’t believe us, check out their website at http://www.xcomglobal.com. This means it must be costing them less than that, right?
One of the first questions that pops in the mind of hoteliers, when we give demos of Blynk iHotel is, whether the cost of installing tablets has a reasonable ROI.
All hoteliers want to connect to their guests directly via the Internet. Till now, the efforts have been focused on having a good website.
However, guests view websites mainly on a personal computer. Since the revolution of mobile devices and tablets, guests now own more mobile devices and spend more time on the Internet via a smartphone or a tablet.
The above graphic from BI Intelligence estimates that sales of PCs will grow at a modest rate but sales of smartphones and tablets will skyrocket.
Mobile app for your hotel is one of the key ways to be present on guest’s devices and connect directly with them.
Realistically, we are only scratching the surface with this new technology (tablet apps), and the benefits to the hotel industry will only be limited by our imagination.