NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Roomlia, a newly launched mobile booking app that offers two-way connections for instant hotel bookings, up to seven days in advance, selected HBSi, an IBS group, as their first connectivity partner. Roomlia is one of the latest products HBSi, a leading provider of new-generation IT solutions to the global travel community, has added to its expansive portfolio. Roomlia launched in August on iOS and September on Android, ensuring its availability to 93% of mobile phone consumers.
With this partnership, consumers are granted a quicker, more convenient booking option for an expanded number of hotels. The hotels receive an increased distribution reach and connectivity options, as well as an efficient way of targeting customers at the right time and price. Roomlia is currently in high-profile US markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Seattle, with plans to be in all major US markets by the end of 2014.
"Technology within the distribution landscape is constantly evolving and HBSi is excited to be a part of this growth by partnering with companies such as roomlia," said Peter Krebs, chief executive officer of HBSi. "Access to innovative channels such as roomlia is just another example of how our network of distribution continues to expand in order to drive greater value to our global portfolio of hotel partners."
"Roomlia is thrilled about this partnership with HBSi as it not only gives our customers instant access to top hotels in the US' major markets, but is also extremely beneficial to our hotel suppliers," said roomlia Co-Founder, Michael Reichartz. "We are very excited about the future with HBSi as they will be a key player in our expansion over the next months."
HBSi, an IBS Group company, is a leading provider of Connectivity, Distribution and IT Integration solutions for more than 13 years. With a successful track record deploying online and mobile direct (IBE), online third party and loyalty solutions, HBSi has amassed a network of Hotel partners spanning nearly 90 countries, representing 50,000+ hotels including Atlantis, Best Western, Caesars Entertainment, Carlson, Club Med, FRHI, Kerzner, Las Vegas Sands, Peninsula and Sandals. Complementing its Hotel portfolio are over 150 Travel Partners including Apple Vacations, Booking.com, CVC, Ctrip, Expedia, Hotwire, JTB, MLT, Orbitz, Pleasant Holidays and WestJet. For more information, visit www.hotelbookingsolutions.com.
Roomlia is the next generation hotel booking app designed for savvy, contemporary travelers founded in 2014 by Michael Reichartz and Jim Ferguson, formerly of Expedia (EXPE). Both Reichartz and Ferguson drove the growth of Expedia's merchant hotel business from the beginning stages to the multi-billion dollar business it remains today. They also co-developed the Market Management concept, which has been globally adopted by all Online Travel Agencies (OTA's). Roomlia was founded in order to be both user friendly as well as beneficial and convenient to its hotel affiliates. Roomlia is the first app of its kind to launch with connectivity, ensuring a seamless experience for both travelers and hospitality partners. Roomlia is currently available in leading U.S. destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and Orlando, with new hotels and cities added daily. www.roomlia.com
About Remark Media | Remark Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARK) is a global media company that owns and operates a portfolio of assets focused on the 18-to-34-year-old demographic (otherwise known as "The Millennials" or "Gen Y") across a variety of lifestyle verticals. These include fashion, sports, travel, entertainment, health and wellness, personal finance, and informational know-how.
Remark Media's assets presently include: (i) Bikini.com, an aspirational lifestyle and e-commerce destination for the beach globetrotter; (ii) Roomlia, a mobile hotel-booking app that provides a superior user travel experience while balancing the needs of hotel owners; (iii) HowStuffWorks China and Brazil, locally known as BoWenWang and Comotudofunciona, respectively; (iv) PPTV Boxing, the first-ever digital boxing channel in China launched in partnership with PPTV, China's largest leading online TV service; and (v) Banks.com, U.S. Tax Center at www.irs.com, FileLater.com, and TaxExtension.com, a suite of digital sites focused on personal finance. Additionally, Remark Media is a founding partner and equity owner of Sharecare, Inc. Created by Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, Sharecare is a highly searchable social healthcare platform organizing and answering the questions of health. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas with operations in Beijing and São Paulo. Remark Media is listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker MARK.