A Donegal company is helping accommodation providers run their businesses from their smart phones.
AccuBook has developed a new suite of products called Pocketbook, which lets accommodation providers use their phone to check details such as when customers are arriving and the price and availability of their rooms.
They can download from a website a combined booking engine, website and channel manager, all of which comes with a unique ‘mobile powered’ management system.
The system is connected via the channel manager to sites such as Booking.com and Hotels.com. For the first time this offers small to medium sized owner-managers the opportunity to compete with the larger hotels on a level playing field and while on the move, according to senior developer Joe Byrne.
“The concept for this product was created together with our distribution partners in Asia, where whole generations have leap-frogged Laptops and PCs and embraced whole-heartedly mobile phone solutions, but even in Europe we have seen users switching to mobile phones to manage their property.
“We suspect that one reason is that developing for mobile phone use forces the creation of simple, intuitive, easy to use applications. In short it’s often simpler to use a mobile phone than it is a PC or Laptop.”
The positive interest shown in the product has resulted in AccuBook looking at markets further afield, including South America, where products will be released in June.