Run! Hotels.com Gets ‘Xtreme’ During the Running of the Bulls
Hotels.com thrill-seeker demonstrates efficiency and ease of mobile booking app
DALLAS – August 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Hotels.com®, the world’s leading hotel booking website, today unveiled its Xtreme Booking 2 campaign, which features stuntman Andy Bell using the company’s mobile booking app while dodging thousands of runners and out-maneuvering two thousand pound bulls during the annual Running of the Bulls.
Known as an FMX rider and member of NITRO Circus, Bell booked his hotel in Pamplona, Spain through the Hotels.com app while racing to stay ahead of the stampede to demonstrate the ease and quickness of the app before arriving at Gran Hotel La Perla.
“The crazy thing is when they release the bulls, you are a hundred yards from them. The canon goes off and you see the people running towards you. My body and my mind are saying run, but I want to be right in front of the horns, I want to be there,” said stuntman Andy Bell. “It was a big challenge trying to get the best run in possible while being on the horns of the bulls plus navigating through the crazy crowd of people, all while booking the hotel on the Hotels.com app. But it worked! In a two hundred yard sprint, with ten two thousand pound animals, I booked a hotel room! Got the confirmation, mission accomplished!”
With consumers increasingly using mobile apps to book travel from the road, the rising demand for simple mobile apps prompted Hotels.com to launch the second version of the campaign. The marketing campaign includes display ads and social media activation, as well as a new interactive game that will launch next week and will be available on the Hotels.com mobile landing page and via the Hotels.com Facebook page. The game will feature a virtual avatar racing to stay ahead of the bulls while navigating obstacles on the streets of Pamplona to the hotel. Users will then be invited to share the video, share their scores, or challenge friends via Facebook.
The Xtreme Booking 2 campaign arrives on the coattails of the newly released iPad 2.0 application. The latest app, with high resolution graphics and a Spanish language option, features personalized homepage information based on where a user is in their travel planning, daily deals and a Welcome Rewards™, the Hotels.com loyalty program, summary page. Users can access past and future reservations, even when offline and browse special offers, including exclusive mobile deals and over 20,000 last minute deals. The mobile GPS functionality allows the app to find the closest hotels with the best deals, based on a user’s current location. The updated iPad app enhances the Hotels.com mobile booking app portfolio which includes iPhone and Android, and is available for more than 76 sites in 67 countries.
“Americans have one of the highest levels of mobile adaption rates. We are focused on meeting this increased demand for mobile traveler bookings through an improved mobile booking experience,” said Victor Owens, vice president and general manager, Hotels.com North America. “That’s why we updated our iPad app and embarked on a fun, bold marketing initiative to promote our mobile booking platforms. This campaign really showcases the streamlined functionality, and simple user-friendly interface of the Hotels.com mobile app.”
This is an extension of the Hotels.com Xtreme Booking 1 campaign. Last year, extreme athlete and stuntman, JT Holmes, booked a hotel room while flying over 115 miles per hour in a 15,000-foot skydive freefall before landing on the Lake Tahoe beach of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino.
To view the full version of Bell’s daring run with the bulls while booking a hotel, visit http://youtu.be/H6GHoPppNmY. All Xtreme Booking 2 assets are available on our press room at http://press.hotels.com/en-us/.
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Megan Tyrie – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 593-5815
Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
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