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Hotels.com app gets Japan’s shock jocks out of hot water

Hotels.com app gets Japan’s shock jocks out of hot water

Tokyo Shock Boys complete hotel booking while racing down white water rapids in Hotels.com’s latest Xtreme Booking video

Auckland, 29 July 2013 – Leading online accommodation booking website Hotels.com today launches the third instalment of its popular Xtreme Booking video series – “White Water Booking”, this time featuring Japan’s shock jock comedians, the Tokyo Shock Boys, known for their wacky and extreme stunts.

The new Hotels.com Xtreme Booking video shows the Tokyo Shock Boys booking a hotel at the very last minute using Hotels.com’s mobile booking app while surging down ice-cold mountain rapids and free-falling down a seven-metre waterfall.

Commenting on the group’s booking experience, the Tokyo Shock Boys, who book the Matsunoi hotel with only a few clicks, say: “It worked! Sliding down rapids at a high speed, we were able to book a hotel room and receive the confirmation. Coming into this, we didn’t know whether it was actually possible, but the speed of the Hotels.com app has shocked us.”

Johan Svanstrom, Vice President and Managing Director of Hotels.com Asia Pacific, says: “Adding to our Hotels.com Xtreme Booking video series is exciting. This version demonstrates that even in the most extreme situations, our app can help you find the perfect last-minute deal. With the number of mobile bookings made on the day of stay increasing, the Xtreme Booking video demonstrates the speed and efficiency of booking on-the-go, with the choice of more than 220,000 hotels and thousands of last-minute deals around the world.”

Following its launch in 2011, the Hotels.com app is now available for iPhone, Android, iPad, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 and has achieved more than 15 million downloads. Users can manage their Welcome Rewards accounts, access up to 20,000 last-minute hotel deals based on their search and current location, read seven million traveller reviews, as well as get quick and easy access to upcoming bookings, thanks to a contextual home page that changes based on the user.

Since the making of this video Sango Jugo has been taken ill and is undergoing treatment. We send our sincere and very best wishes for a speedy recovery. It is Sango’s wish that this is distributed as planned, showing his indomitable and adventurous spirit.

Hotels.com’s first two instalments of the “Xtreme Booking” video series launched in 2011 and 2012 and can be viewed here:

Hotels.com Xtreme Booking 1 (2011): Hotel Booked in Freefall
JT Holmes in Lake Tahoe, United States

Hotels.com Xtreme Booking 2 (2012): Running with the Bulls
Nitro Circus, Andy Bell in Pamplona, Spain

Following its launch in 2011, the Hotels.com app is now available for iPhone, Android, iPad, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8. Users can manage their Welcome Rewards accounts, access up to 20,000 last-minute hotel deals based on their search and current location, read seven million traveller reviews, as well as get quick and easy access to upcoming bookings, thanks to a contextual home page, which changes based on the user. Collectively, Hotels.com apps have achieved more than 15 million total downloads since launching back in 2011.

The Hotels.com app can be downloaded at Hotels.com mobile page.
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About Hotels.com
Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website with almost 155,000 properties worldwide, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Regular customer e-newsletters provide exclusive offers and advance warning of up-coming sales. There are over 7 million guest reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at http://www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_nz/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. For the last eight years, Hotels.com has published an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index which is now produced in 31 individual country editions. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comNZ, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hotels_com_ANZ and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/HotelsANZ. Hotels.com is part of Expedia Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

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