New platform answers roaming connectivity problems for hostel bookers
Fife tech firm Planys Mobile has developed Scotland’s first hostel app to help travellers with no connectivity find accommodation on their phones.
The company, which is based in Dunfermline, was commissioned to produce the app by Scottish Independent Hostels (SIH), a not-for-profit membership organisation which represents more than 120 privately-run hostels throughout Scotland.
Its newly-launched hostel app has special features, such as being able to locate the nearest hostel through ‘hostels near me’ based on the user’s current location, while the ‘my hostels’ section saves favourite hostels and directions for future use.
Visit Scotland visitor research carried out during 2015 found that 65% of visitors use a smart phone during their visit, a figure will be significantly higher in 2017. The study also found that one of the few negatives for visitors to Scotland was lack of Wi-Fi connectivity, therefore Planys Mobile says the offline features of this app should prove a hit with hostel guests.
Paul Stewart, creative director at Planys Mobile, said: “Our design approach focused on creating a simple, intuitive and useful app, while making the most valuable information available quickly. We developed and highlighted features that make the proposition useful even after a hostel had been found”.
Chris Davidson, vice chair of SIH, said: “We are really happy and excited to see the release of this smart phone app for Scottish Independent Hoste
ls which will make travelling and staying across Scotland a much easier process. Enabling Scotland’s visitors to find up-to-date information such as reviews, prices, directions and contact details on our members’ hostels and to book in real time on their phone will benefit all who download and use the app.”
Photo captions: Picture 1: Scotland’s first hostel app by Scottish Independent Hostels, Picture 2: Paul Stewart, Planys Mobile, producer of the hostels app