Dubai has recently increased its e-footprint in tourism sector to pamper tech-savvy travelers.
“One of the biggest trends in e-tourism this year is the enhancement of mobile apps, particularly in the hospitality industry,” said Cody Morris Paris, Associate Professor of Social Science at Middlesex University Dubai.
The government-controlled Dubai Tourism authority recently signed an agreement with Tink Labs from Hong Kong to introduce Handy Travel, a smart phone service for hotels.
“Hotels in Dubai will offer our Handy Travel smart phones in their rooms with all the necessary apps installed to discover Dubai,” said Salha Soussi, Senior Sales Manager Gulf Region at Tink Labs.
“The smartphone is provided free of charge in the room and has to be given back by the hotel guest once he checks out,” she explained.