The rise of mobile app technology has changed the way we think and work. In today’s time, with the advent of mobile technology, the hotel booking industry has become quite popular among the diverse groups of people. The success stories of such popular hotel booking websites like Airbnb and Booking.com have pushed the travel industry forward to phenomenal growth. With the increasing demand for hotel reservation websites or applications, many startups, entrepreneurs, or hospitality professionals are wondering how to create a booking app or travel website to achieve success in this popular domain.
In this article, we will discuss the features, benefits, and cost of travel booking app development. All of this will help you with your own hotel booking app development.
Online Travel Market Analysis
The tour & travel industry is the fastest growing industry in the world which is demonstrating a steady year-over-year growth. Thus, the online travel market is also growing at a fast pace.
The research by Criteo revealed the following data:
- 80% of last-minute bookings are made via mobiles.
- 45% of bookings for Online Travel Agency (OTA) fall on mobile devices.
- The conversion rates on mobile are 5x higher than on the mobile web.
All these figures are showing that mobile applications are the ultimate way for travelers to book and pay for the stay anywhere and anytime.
What Benefits are there with the Hotel Booking Apps?
Benefits to Customers: Customers get benefits like Security, Discounts, Reliability, Convenience, Efficiency, etc. Customers get the best value for money and much more. The entire trip can be arranged from a single app.
Benefits to the Business Owner: Business owners seek unlimited benefits that fall in the range of user engagement, user variety, multiple revenue streams, etc.
Benefits to Hotel: The hotels get direct booking through the app which they can sell at the higher or lower rate depending upon them. There is a lot more than this to hotels like Automation, User-Data, Direct Reach Out, Brand Promotion, and Customer Loyalty, etc.
Booking & Cancellation: If a user has picked a hotel they are redirected easily to the Payment Gateway to make the payment, using many other payment options like PayPal, Net Banking, Credit/Debit Cards, etc. In the case where the customer wants to cancel the booking then there are many Hotel Booking services that offer the user a free cancellation policy that a user can use within 24 hours to cancel the bookings made.
Accommodation View: The audience can view the close-ups of the hotel they are going to stay in they have the choice to make after viewing the images of the hotel so they can get the whole overview of the hotel.
Features of Online Hotel Booking App
Hotel Information: All the hotel-related information can be found in the app by the user like a number of rooms available, prices, discounts, and other related things.
Room-Cost Feature: This feature in the app helps the user to make their booking easy and quick. Also, the app is integrated with the Room cost calculator feature which lets the user know about the total cost of a room according to the user preference.
Push Notification: With this feature in the app the user gets notified with all the new updates or booking updates on their mobile phones from the app.
Help & Support: This feature helps the users to get 24/7 support from the hotels if they face any problems or have any query related to their stay.
Online Receipt: If the user makes the payment online through the app for the accommodation then they are provided with an online receipt of the payment made on their mobile phones or through the mail provided by the user.
Virtual Tour of the Hotel: This feature in the app helps the users to see the hotel virtually through the 360 pictures they have uploaded on the app or through the VR view provided in the app. They also upload the videos of the hotel so that it provides them a better and a realistic view.
A Travel Assistant: The app is integrated yet with another feature in it which is a chatbot assistant, which helps the user to provide the smaller information about each and everything they want to know whether its price, the ambiance, food menu, images of the hotel or anything else.
The Currency Converter: The app is integrated with the currency converter which helps the user to convert their currency to check the actual price they are paying in other currencies according to their this is a good feature for a user to make an estimate of the trip they are planning.
Some Other Advanced Features That You Can Consider
Trip Planner: This feature in the app does not only help the user to make a hotel booking but it also helps them to plan the entire trip with it.
Places Nearby: Users can search the places nearby them like the tourist spots, or movie halls, or restaurants, malls, etc.
Compare Hotels: User can also compare the other hotels with their hotel if they want to, they can check the rating and reviews of other hotels in comparison to other hotels also they can view the hotel images and take the hotel tour through the app.
Navigation: With this feature integrated with the app the users can use the Google Maps feature provided in the map to navigate themselves to the hotel if they can’t find it or to any other places nearby their hotel.
Payment Gateway: This API integration in the app helps the user to make the payment through the app itself without checking out from the apps to others.
Rating & Review: This API in the app helps the user to make ratings and reviews on the app about the hotel and their experience on the trip they planned through the app.
City Guide: This feature in the app helps the user to travel with full information about the place they are traveling to with that city guide feature inbuilt in the app.
Development Cost of App Like Booking.com
Cost of Hotel Booking App Depends upon the platforms you want your app (Like Hotel Booking App for IPhone and Hotel Booking App for Android).
The cost also depends on the location where the app is being developed.
- US-based developers: $100 – $200/hour
- Eastern Europe-based developers: $100 – $180/hour
- India-based developers: $20 – $60/hour
The total cost of the hotel booking app with basic features may around $10000-$15000. But for an app with advanced features, the cost may rise up to $20000-$35000.