HotelQuickly secures its place as leading last-minute hotel booking app with 1 million downloads

HotelQuickly, Asia Pacific’s leading last-minute hotel booking app, has reached a remarkable milestone byrecordingmore than 1,000,000 downloads of its last-minute app since its launch two years ago. The app delivers superior user experience by providing a curated selection of top hotels in 200+ destinations across Asia Pacific and making them available at lower prices than online. To date, more than 6,000 three to five star hotels have teamed up with the start-up, making the app the by far largest provider of last-minute rooms also in terms of bookable hotel inventory.

The 1,000,000 downloads milestone will be celebrated with doublereward value of a friend-redeemed voucher. Meanwhile, the top 50 inviters all win a free nightin HotelQuickly’spartner hotels. The grand prize, including a spontaneous weekend trip for two, including flight and lodgingwillbe awarded to the number one inviter.

“Over the past few years we’ve witnessed a drastic shift from online to mobile, the vast majorityof smartphone users wouldn’t go out of home leaving their devices behind, which wasone of the key reasons why we’ve decided to focus on mobile. We strive to maketravelling easier, more convenient and life more spontaneous,” said Tomas Laboutka, HotelQuickly’sSingapore based Co-Founder and CEO. “We are in a massive ramp-up mode. We have recently launched an app for Apple Watch and we are working on a number of exciting new product features, which we will be able to announce soon,” he continued.

HotelQuicklyraised more than US$ 5.65m in two rounds, which was used to expand to 15 countries. Its most notable backers include GREE,Inc, a Japanesemobile gaminggiant, William E. Heinecke, the Chairman & CEO of Thai-based Minor International, as well as the former Chairman of Singteland Chairman of Singapore Airlines, Boon KweeKoh.

HotelQuickly’s data found that Singapore, one of the hubsin Southeast Asiathatappeals to leisure and business travelers alike, remains the most booked last-minute destination. The average last-minute room rate in Singapore booked by HotelQuicklymembers was on average more than 20% lower than what these travelers would have paid online for the exact same room

“HotelQuickly’s partner hotels understand the concept of optimizing their occupancy on last-minute and grant spontaneous travelers generous discounts of 30-40%, sometimes even 50% or more. This allows our members to stay in hotels more often and gives upscale hotels a competitive edge over entry level hotels,” commented Raphael Cohen, HotelQuickly’s Hong Kong based Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer. “Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City are also among themost popular destinations that ourmembersenjoy travelling to on last minute. The more rooms get booked via HotelQuickly the bigger the discounts normally, as hotels realize the benefits of being featured on the app,”he added.

Unlike traditional booking websites, HotelQuickly allows bookings only via its mobile application, which is available for free for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry 10 devices. Based on user location, booking behavior, preferences set on the application and a number of undisclosed other factors, the app automatically adjusts the selection of hotelsto only show the most relevant hotels to each traveler. The exceptionally low prices are only possible because of the company’s focus on the last-minute segment.

HotelQuicklyis also on a hiring spree: The company grew from less than 20 twelve months ago to almost 90 in nine offices today.IT engineering, business development, and customer service positions are some of the still vacant positions, as the company aims to launch in 60+ new destinations all across Asia Pacific this year alone.One of the most recent joiners is Niklas Olsson, whojoinedHotelQuickly as Director of Offline Marketing & Partnerships, working with Sydney-based Co-Founder and CMO Christian Mischler to accelerate expansion across the APAC region. Olsson joined fromTHE ICONIC, Rocket Internet’s Australian online fashion retailer, where he played a vital role in launching the company and leading its digital and marketing operations.

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