HotelTonight Adds Keyless Entry and Mobile Check-In to App

HotelTonight, a last-minute mobile-only booking app, has added keyless entry and mobile check-in features that will likely become a routine part of the travel experience within five or 10 years, CEO Sam Shank said Wednesday.The experimental features were introduced as part of the Google I/O developers conference. HotelTonight is one of the companies capitalizing on the trend for mobile in travel, as its booking and other features are only available through an app.

"What was seen as a niche has become more mainstream," Shank said in an interview with CNBC.

The 3-year-old company now has 10,000 hotel partners in more than 400 destinations in 27 countries, compared with only 100 destinations in 12 countries one year ago. HotelTonight has logged more than 10 million downloads of its free app, which is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices.

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