Guests’ Entertainment, Travel Needs
RAHWAY, N.J. — MARCH 6, 2006 — One of the hottest accessories in the consumer electronics market may quickly become one of the most popular guest amenities for hotels and resorts. For three consecutive months, iHome™— the world’s first iPod clock radio that let’s consumers wake and sleep to their iPod music — “took home the gold” each time it entered an awards program, receiving top honors for its innovative technology and design.
In January, the manufacturer of iHome, Hotel Technologies of Rahway, N.J., was presented with the “Innovations Award” in the Audio Components category at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) held in Las Vegas. In December, iHome was named one of the “Top 10 Accessories” for 2005 by MacWorld magazine and was also awarded “Best Convergence Product” for 2005 by Playlist, a group which tests and evaluates music-related products. Playlist wrote: “You won’t find a better combo iPod product for the price.” Finally, in November, iHome was named winner of the 10th Annual Editor’s Choice Award during the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show and took home the overall ‘Best of Show’ award out of nearly 120 submissions.
“We’ve gone four for four and we love it!” said Ezra S. Ashkenazi, Hotel Technologies President and CEO. “To receive top honors from these prestigious, internationally-recognized groups is certainly an accomplishment. We are extremely proud that iHome has been given the highest recognition from among such a diverse group. We must be doing something right.”
According to financial results released by Apple® in January for its fiscal 2006 first quarter (which ended December 31, 2005), more than 32 million iPods were shipped during this period, representing 207 percent growth in iPods compared to the same period a year ago.
“With more than 40 million iPods sold to consumers, it would benefit hoteliers to provide their guests with iPod-compatible amenities is the way of the future,” said Chris Gowdy, Hotel Technologies Vice President. “Undisputedly guests are traveling more frequently with their own music collection contained in their iPod. The iHome allows guests to personalize their in-room music experience by playing their iPod or shuffle directly through the clock radio in the guestroom.”
The iHome hotel version features a universal well docking station for iPods that is easily adjusted with the touch of a finger. With the iPod docked, it is constantly being charged while allowing guests to wake and sleep to their own personal music.
“Hotel Technologies continually strives to create innovative products and smart design concepts that are in tune with today’s technology and travelers,” Gowdy said. “Providing the iHome in guestrooms is a sure-fire way to increase guest satisfaction and drive brand loyalty while decreasing wake-up call volumes.”
According to Gowdy, all Hotel Technologies alarm clock radio products feature a patent pending Single Day Alarm --a very important feature for hotels. If the previous guest sets an early alarm, Gowdy said the Single Day Alarm feature ensures that the next guest will not be awakened accidentally, since the alarm was never turned off.
The iHome, available in black or white, requires little set up as it comes with auto-set™ technology; the time is already set and the hotel version will also include FM pre-set buttons, allowing the hotelier to set four popular stations for the guest as an added convenience. Easy-to-set directions make the iHome’s alarm feature effortless for the guest to operate. An MP3/CD line-in cord is also provided so guests can plug in their CD players or any other branded MP3 players for their listening pleasure (should they not own an iPod).
“Winning these four awards is a great tribute to the iHome concept,” Gowdy said. “We want guests to feel at home and make their stay memorable. We are committed to bringing a variety of sleek, high tech, high quality, user friendly consumer audio products to the hotel market, each designed with the discriminating traveler in mind.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Hotel Technologies will soon unveil the first of a number of hotel chains which have selected iHome for their properties systemwide.
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