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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stay at Accor ibis Singapore Bencoolen's 'Room With Extra Benefits' and Save on Roaming Charges

International travellers are frequently shocked to discover their global roaming charges are sometimes higher than the cost of their hotel room. But ibis Singapore on Bencoolen comes to the rescue with its handy™ smartphone provided to guests who stay in a Room with Extra Benefits. This means guests can enjoy unlimited 3G internet, local and international calls, and a complete city guide to Singapore with the phone which can be used throughout their stay both inside and outside the hotel as they explore Singapore.

As part of Accor's Planet 21 program, handy™ supports efforts to be more sustainable, by reducing the need for printed materials, such as in-room directories, and providing useful information about the hotel's full range of green facilities in addition to offering guests great connectivity throughout their stay.

Located in the heart of the city and close to the best attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment, ibis Singapore Bencoolen is constantly finding new innovations to improve the guest experience.

The handy™ smartphones are available, at no additional costs to guests staying in these rooms. Also included are several green amenities including recycling bins, meters to help guests measure their water consumption, access to a complimentary Bamboo Bike and EZ-link card to help them minimize their carbon print as they explore the island. The handy™ phone is loaded with the city's best attractions, bars, restaurants and activities, thus reducing hefty download bills that are often associated with traveling, while also ensuring that guests get the most out of their stay.

Planet 21 is structured around 21 commitments backed by quantifiable objectives that all hotels must meet including innovative programs to inform and encourage guests to get involved. One of PLANET 21's most innovative initiatives is Plant for the Planet, a unique reforestation project financed through laundry cost savings. The premise of the program is simple: when guests stay more than one night in any of 1,500 participating Accor hotels – including all hotels in Singapore – they are invited to reuse their towels. As a 'thank you', the hotel invests a portion of the cost savings into one of 21 tree plantation projects worldwide, including in Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Vietnam and New Zealand. Today, Accor finances over 2,000 trees daily and since 2009 has planted over 3.5 million trees worldwide.

”At ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, we are committed to maintaining sustainable hotel operations. We are leading the way in offering guests greener and environmentally friendlier amenities and with handy™, we are able to inform and stay in touch with guests through an innovative smartphone platform that is integrated with our hotel features. We look forward to achieving significant reductions in printing and paper waste through the handy™ phone, our new form digital communication channel,” said General Manager, Mr. Pierre de Montgrand.

Planet 21 is at the center of Accor's DNA and the hotel group is committed to reducing its environmental impact, contributing to the communities in which it operates and offering staff a range of wellness and education planted over 3.5 million trees worldwide.

handy™ devices are customized specifically for the hotel and come fully-loaded with information about Bencoolen and its surrounding neighborhoods, so guests staying at the hotel will have access to all the local information needed at their fingertips.

handy™ is excited to partner with ibis Singapore on Bencoolen providing guests with seamless connectivity during their travels, as well, help the hotel achieve their green innovation efforts.” said Terence Kwok, CEO of Tink Labs.

handy™ is the pioneer product of Tink Labs founded and established in Hong Kong in April 2012. The company is Hong Kong's first technology incubator of mobile travel solutions, revolutionising and simplifying the travel experience. handy™ provides hotel partners and guests with an unrivalled hotel experience through its latest smartphone platform.

Features of handy™ include:

  • Unlimited 3G internet
  • Unlimited local calls
  • Unlimited international calls (to 26 countries on both fixed line and mobile lines from Singapore)

1. Australia
2. Bangladesh
3. Brunei
4. Canada
5. China
6. France
7. Germany
8. Hong Kong
9. India
10. Indonesia
11. Italy
12. Japan
13. Laos
14. Macau
15. Malaysia
16. Netherlands
17. New Zealand
18. Puerto Rico
19. Russia
20. South Korea
21. Spain
22. Taiwan
23. Thailand
24. United Kingdom
25. United States of America
26. Vietnam

  • Local city guide with proprietary content sourced by an in-house team of locals, as well as guest content from well-respected local editors
  • Discounts and deals with participating merchant partners

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