Live to roll out in 650.000 hotel rooms worldwide.

Live International and handy smartphones, one of the world’s fastest-growing hospitality technology companies based in Hong Kong, have entered into an agreement to Pre-Install Live International’s Private Tour Guide app in the handy smartphones. It will first be available on the handy smartphones in London partner hotels before it becomes widely available in approximately more than 650.000 hotel rooms worldwide.

”This is a tremendous milestone for Live International. Partnering up with an international behemoth like handy gives us an extraordinary big footprint in a very short time. It shows that our private guided tour platform is of the highest quality”, says founder Lars Christian Sekne of Live International.

"We chose to partner with Live - Private Guided Tours for a number of reasons such as their team’s capabilities, it's ethos on ethics and emphasis on corporate social responsibility but mainly because of the unique product offering that is a great fit for our discerning users who are looking to us to be inspired and have access to the best unique travel experiences possible", says Alex Poulopoulos, Head of eCommerce & Commercial Partnerships EMEA, at handy.

The market for guided tours is enormous worldwide, estimated to USD 150 billion. However Live International is the only player with exclusive agreements with the biggest professional associations that are providing the highest level of certified guides. Among Live Internationals exclusive partners, you find the Federation of European Guide Association (FEG) and the British Guild of Tourist Guides.

”When you use Live International, you know that you get the best guides in town. There are a lot of none-certified guides out there, so quality is of the highest importance to us, to make the private guide tour the best possible experience for our users, says Sekne.

Handy’s partner hotels will get access to 250 certified private tour guides in 26 countries. By 2021 the number of tour guides within the Live platform is expected to grow to 2.500 guides. 

 

ABOUT HANDY

The all new handy Smartphone is an industry-first revolutionary IoT hospitality solution designed to meets the needs of hoteliers and today’s digital travelers with increased mobile connectedness. Built-in technologies deliver a hyper personalized experience through smart-room automation and tailored communication. The guest experience is elevated to the next level while uplifting ancillary revenue and driving better cost efficiencies for hoteliers.

 

ABOUT LIVE INTERNATIONAL

Live – Private Guided Tours is a marketplace where certified guides can efficiently market and sell their tours and where travelers can find the tours they want, see the availability of the guides and make their booking and payment safe and efficiently.

Live has agreements with key guide organizations like the Federation of European Guide Association (FEG), British Guild of Tourist Guides and Guides Association of New York City.

The Company launched the autumn of 2018 and will during the spring of 2019 do a roll out in cities like London, Madrid, Copenhagen and Oslo.

Head office is in Oslo, Norway.