Massive global accommodation booking site Booking.com, part of The Priceline Group, has partnered with Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone producer, to become the first accommodation platform that will come pre-installed on Huawei devices globally.
Booking.com’s more than 880,000 accommodation options in over 87,000 global destinations will let Huawei users conveniently access and book accommodation around the globe the moment they switch on their Huawei device, a statement from Booking.com said yesterday.
The pre-installed app will be available in 42 languages and give Huawei users instant access to booking accommodation through Booking.com, which says advantages include 24/7 multi-lingual customer service, maximum flexibility on cancellation, pay after you stay on most properties and no booking fees. They will also be able to make smart and informed travel decisions using Booking.com’s 80 million plus “genuine, verified guest reviews”.
A third of the world’s population uses Huawei phones and the company rankedthird in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015.
Booking.com’s global director of strategic partnerships, Bryan Batista, said the rise of on-the-go consumers had made mobile devices extremely important when it comes to researching, organising and booking travel.
“We operate with a mobile-first mind-set and we’re eager to partner with a leading technology brand to easily connect smartphone users from anywhere in the world to accommodation choices worldwide.
“Booking.com is a truly global brand,” Batista added, “with customers and partners all over the world. By partnering with Huawei, we will together make it simple and convenient for any kind of traveller; whether they are in Buenos Aires and want to book a B&B in Cape Town or they are in New York City and need a hotel for a business trip to Bangkok. Having immediate access to these options on your mobile device is a necessity in today’s world and we are thrilled to make this even simpler for Huawei customers.”
Huawei Consumer’s director of consumer cloud service user operation product dept, Fan Zhang said Huawei aimed to make life as effortless as possible for its customers, giving them access to everything they need with one simple touch.
“By pre-installing the Booking.com app our customers can enjoy travelling round the world with minimum stress, whether they be in Singapore, Spain or Seattle.
“Booking.com is the perfect platform to partner with, particularly with the new P9. Together Huawei and Booking.com will change the way consumers travel and see the world.”
Huawei recently collaborated with German camera maker Leica for its new P9 smartphones and with Swarovski for its wearables. Both partnerships demonstrate the brand’s commitment to empowering a premium lifestyle for customers worldwide.
Edited by Peter Needham