Tinder for hotel guests aims to connect travelers fellow road warriors

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Tinder for hotel guests aims to connect travelers fellow road warriors
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Enter HelloTel, which allows travelers to check into a hotel and then broadcast that they’re interested in meeting up for drinks.
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Equal parts Tinder and Foursquare, the new HelloTel app aims to connect travelers with fellow road warriors — but has much bigger dreams down the road.

Entrepreneur Marc Preston conceived of the app while he was stuck alone in a hotel room in Las Vegas for a trade show.

“I was by myself with nothing to do,” he said.

Enter HelloTel, which allows travelers to check into a hotel and then broadcast that they’re interested in meeting up for drinks, dinner or networking. Tinder is a dating app that works on proximity, but not specific location. Foursquare’s Swarm feature lets people virtually “check in” to a specific place.

HelloTel combines the two functions, helping lone travelers break through that uncomfortable feeling of sitting alone in a hotel lounge.

“There’s a million companies out there trying to be the next Tinder,” Preston said. “Will people use (HelloTel) for that? I’m sure. But it was meant to be a business app.”

HelloTel is one of a growing number of apps that aim to connect fellow travelers, especially since hotel lounges and hostels now are often filled with singles staring at their smartphones.

Another app, Tripr, unabashedly claims to be the Tinder of travel apps, allowing people to meet up virtually before they even leave home, so they can spend less time finding each other once they’ve arrived.

HelloTel launched in October, and now a new version is rolling out to the Apple and Android app stores this month. The new version emphasizes Preston’s vision of an app connecting travelers with the hotels, allowing them to order room service, request laundry service or summon a Lyft or Uber ride.

HelloTel provides basic information about users to the hotel, allowing staff to see who has checked in, which would allow them to create a social display in the lobby, or even trigger discount deals when HelloTel users walk past a nightclub or restaurant. Preston hopes HelloTel becomes the de facto app for travelers who can download a single app, rather than a separate app for each hotel or resort.

The company is not releasing data about how many people have downloaded and are using the app.
“There’s a million companies out there trying to be the next Tinder,” Preston said. “Will people use (HelloTel) for that? I’m sure. But it was meant to be a business app.”

HelloTel is one of a growing number of apps that aim to connect fellow travelers, especially since hotel lounges and hostels now are often filled with singles staring at their smartphones.

Another app, Tripr, unabashedly claims to be the Tinder of travel apps, allowing people to meet up virtually before they even leave home, so they can spend less time finding each other once they’ve arrived.

Another app, Tripr, unabashedly claims to be the Tinder of travel apps, allowing people to meet up virtually before they even leave home, so they can spend less time finding each other once they’ve arrived.

HelloTel launched in October, and now a new version is rolling out to the Apple and Android app stores this month. The new version emphasizes Preston’s vision of an app connecting travelers with the hotels, allowing them to order room service, request laundry service or summon a Lyft or Uber ride.

HelloTel provides basic information about users to the hotel, allowing staff to see who has checked in, which would allow them to create a social display in the lobby, or even trigger discount deals when HelloTel users walk past a nightclub or restaurant. Preston hopes HelloTel becomes the de facto app for travelers who can download a single app, rather than a separate app for each hotel or resort.

The company is not releasing data about how many people have downloaded and are using the app.
“There’s a million companies out there trying to be the next Tinder,” Preston said. “Will people use (HelloTel) for that? I’m sure. But it was meant to be a business app.”

“The app is a win-win for the guest and hotel,” Preston said. “The guest gets a niche social network of things happening in their hotel and all hotel services. The hotel gets valuable marketing information (and) can identify road blocks and service issues their guests are experiencing.”

Preston ultimately hopes to expand the concept to conferences and stadiums.

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