August 19, 2008 10:15 ET
WorldMate Launches Hotel Booking Capability on Its Flagship Service WorldMate Live
Company Pioneers Travel M-Commerce by Enabling Booking Directly on Device
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 19, 2008) - WorldMate, Inc., the leading provider of
mobile travel services for frequent travelers, announced today that
Blackberry users can now book hotel rooms directly within WorldMate
Live™. WorldMate has partnered with hotels.com®, an Expedia, Inc.
company, to enable people to book travel quickly and securely on their
mobile phones without requiring a phone call.
WorldMate Live serves as a personal travel companion, allowing frequent
travelers to manage their entire itinerary -- flights, hotels, meetings and
ground transportation -- all within a single service, accessible any time
from a smartphone or computer. Once a traveler's itinerary is in the
system, WorldMate Live proactively warns of schedule disruptions and
suggests alternate flights when it detects a delay or cancellation.
And now, WorldMate Live can proactively recommend -- and directly book --
hotel rooms, even at the last minute. The process is simple: Members
searching for a hotel receive recommendations that factor in proximity to
meeting locations on their itinerary, as part of WorldMate Live's propriety
algorithm used to rank and list the best hotel options. Members can also
view their entire agenda on a map together with any hotel option to make an
informed decision. The service is free and initially available to all
BlackBerry users. The company plans to release a Windows Mobile version in
the near future.
"No other travel booking service automatically considers a traveler's
itinerary and simultaneously factors in their personal preferences," said
Nadav Gur, CEO of WorldMate. "Our members no longer need to sift through
the multitude of hotels within a destination just to find a suitable option
in convenient location, at the right price, with desirable amenities."
Gur added, "Business travelers often find their schedules changing on the
fly. Meetings get postponed or extended, itineraries change, and they need
to book hotel rooms and revise their schedules quickly, often without
immediate access to a computer. Thanks to WorldMate and hotels.com, what
was once stressful -- finding a nearby hotel with the right amenities, and
doing it in mid-trip -- has now been simplified to a few clicks on a mobile
In a recent study, Forrester Research estimated there are 47 million
frequent business travelers worldwide. Last year, business travelers took
more than 260 million trips, spending $265 billion.
The majority of WorldMate Live's personalized travel planning and
management services are available for free. Premium services, such as
real-time flight alerts, flight status and flight schedules are available
for a yearly or monthly subscription. For a free download and for more
information, please visit www.wmlive.com.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, privately held WorldMate® has been developing
award-winning mobile travel software since 2000. Removing stress and
paperwork from the travel experience, WorldMate turns a mobile device into
a personal travel companion, providing frequent travelers all the services
they need at home, work or on the go. Dubbed a traveler's "guardian
angel," the newest addition to the WorldMate product family, WorldMate
Live, tracks every trip and sends real-time "push" alerts about itinerary
updates and changes, including flight delays and cancellations. WorldMate
products also feature travel resources including flight schedules, weather
forecasts, travel directories, maps, world clocks, a currency converter and
much more. For more information, visit www.mobimate.com. WorldMate® is
a registered trademark of MobiMate Ltd. All other trade names and
trademarks are the property of their respective holders.