SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Driven by a culture of innovation, Starwood Preferred Guest® (www.spg.com), the award-winning loyalty program of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Skyroam (www.Skyroam.com), the global WiFi hotspot provider, have partnered to provide guests with an easy way to stay connected while traveling. Starting immediately, guests of select Starwood Hotels in Europe and the Middle East can rent Skyroam’s portable global hotspot with unlimited WiFi for a minimal fee.
Using Skyroam global WiFi hotspot, Starwood Hotel guests can enjoy unlimited Internet access throughout the hotel property, in the surrounding city areas, and beyond. Whether using WiFi to research the best restaurants in the area or checking in with the family through a messaging app, access to Skyroam global WiFi hotspot eliminates the hassle of having to hunt for WiFi or pay sky-high international roaming charges. The hotspot is also available for guests to purchase at a discounted rate of $99.99 upon check-out at participating hotels, so travelers can enjoy Skyroam’s contract-free service wherever they go with unlimited WiFi in 24-hour daypass increments – all at one flat rate worldwide.
“Innovation is part of our culture, and we’re always looking for the latest in technology to help provide an enhanced guest experience,” stated Daniel Kerzner, Vice President of Digital, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing for Starwood in Europe, Africa & Middle East. “Our partnership with Skyroam offers guests a unique global hotspot they can use throughout their stay with us or anywhere in the city they are visiting.”
The Skyroam global WiFi hotspot can be rented at the front desk for use at the hotel or when venturing outside the property. An ideal light travel companion, Skyroam hotspot conveniently fits into a pocket or purse, and travelers can use the device to access social media, apps, emails and WiFi calls and messaging. Skyroam global WiFi hotspot can be used on up to five WiFi-enabled devices at once, great for tech-savvy millennials, families, leisure, and business travelers.
“Skyroam is committed to providing convenience for our users. We know that it is essential for travelers to stay connected while abroad, which is why we are excited to offer our service to Starwood guests,” commented Eric Plam, Skyroam North America Vice President and General Manager. “We are excited to work with key industry players such as Starwood that share our mission to make travel even more simple and enjoyable.”
Skyroam’s patented virtual SIM (vSIM) technology helps travelers access a secure online network in over 100 countries around the world. Skyroam global WiFi hotspot is currently available at select Sheraton, Le Meridien, Westin, and Aloft hotels in Europe and the Middle East and will soon expand to other regions.
Skyroam was founded in Silicon Valley by technology innovators who identified a common pain-point among fellow business travelers: getting fast, secure, and reliable mobile internet connection on the road. To help travelers stay connected overseas, Skyroam developed and patented its virtual SIM (vSIM) technology, delivering secure, local wireless data connection on-demand through partnerships with carriers around the world. Skyroam’s global hotspot, embedded with a vSIM, enables unlimited mobile data in 100+ countries. Skyroam’s vSIM technology also provides managed global mobile data access to IoT, M2M and wearables applications. Visit www.skyroam.com for more information and stay in touch at @MySkyroam on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Skyroam is backed by $25 million in funding, lead by Lenovo Group. The global hotspot is available across the United States, Europe and around the world through retail and airport shops including Lufthansa Worldshop, Miles & More In-Flight, BluWire, Brookstone, InMotion, Expansys global online retailer, and Flight 001.
Starwood Preferred Guest:
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 11 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG MomentsSM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free Night Awards at more than 1,300 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG offers the opportunity for meeting and travel professionals to earn rich rewards including Starpoints and elite status through SPG Pro. SPG also has an ongoing commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global traveler – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on SPG.com, to SPG’s integration within various social media platforms. Offerings such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most frequent travelers. Learn more at spg.com, spg.com/pro and spg.com/moments and connect with us on facebook.com/spg, twitter.com/spg, foursquare.com/spg, pinterest.com/spglife, and youtube.com/spg.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,300 properties in some 100 countries and approximately 188,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences under the renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®,Sheraton®, Tribute Portfolio™, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®, along with an expanded partnership with Design Hotels™. The company also boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®). Visit www.starwoodhotels.com for more information and stay connected @starwoodbuzz onTwitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Starwood.