How a new Facebook app could help kids make friends on holiday
Tuesday 09 August 2011
If finding activities for the kids once you've arrived at a resort is always the trickiest part of your vacation, a new Facebook application could hold the answer.
Developed by YTL Hotels, the new Family C@nnect service allows fans of the YTL Facebook page to connect with each other before arriving for their vacation.
The company says that travellers booking with children will automatically be sent an invitation to share the details of their trip on a searchable index hosted by YTL.
Once listed, travelers can post messages of activities they want to invite other families to join them in, specifying the number of children, a check-in date and the hotel to enable other users to respond.
Alternatively, users can browse through Facebook posts made by others who have stayed at the resort in the past to get ideas of new activities.
The system is being rolled out to people traveling to YTL's properties including the Majestic Malacca, Cameron Highlands Resort, Tanjong Jara Resort and Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia, the Green Leaf Niseko Village in Japan and the Muse Hotel in St. Tropez, France.
YTL Hotels' chief James McBride said that the move reflects the increasing role technology is playing in its guests' lifestyles.
"I was thinking back to my own childhood memories of family holidays aged 9 or 10 - that initial trepidation in approaching new friends by the pool or wondering if there would be any children my age to play with," he said.
"We know the best family holidays involve shared experiences and new friends and we hope to facilitate this with Family C@nnect."
Hotels are increasingly moving towards using Facebook as a marketing tool, with Marriott recently launching a game which allowed visitors to run their own property in a virtual world.
In June, Omni became the first chain in the industry to allow guests to book directly from the social networking site.
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