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Four Tourism iPad Apps

11/06/2010


From buying wedding dresses in Tokyo to ordering pizza in Singapore, companies are redefining the concept of tourism technology across the Asia-Pacific region. By JOEL QUENBY

Published on Jun 11, 2010

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Unable to meet rapacious worldwide demand, Apple delayed the iPad’s global rollout. A costly miscalculation, considering three-fifths of the company’s revenue comes from outside the U.S., while China’s bustling gray market launched a cheaper, rival “shanzhai” copycat on the very same day as the iPad’s U.S. launch.

The iPad is now “officially” available in Japan, while Hong Kong, Singapore and neighboring markets expect to start selling the tablet in July. However, via eBay or some shady online shipping agency, tech-heads desperate enough are already fondly stroking and poking their iPads, wherever they happen to be.

Meanwhile, canny lateral thinkers—from the tourism and hospitality sectors and beyond—are finding innovative uses for Apple’s new multimedia slab (including in counrties where the device is not yet officially available).

APP 1: Hotel service helpers
Concierges at the InterContinental Hong Kong will use iPads to help guests select recommended local restaurants, performances and venues. Meanwhile, Thai luxury hotel Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa has adopted a library-style iPad loaner system. Guests can book anything from spa treatments to boat trips via the high-tech in-house method, which Anantara plans to extend to all of its properties.

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