Travelers shun eco hotels
Forty-two percent of Taiwanese travelers are not keen on staying in environmentally friendly hotels, the Global Earth Day survey published by Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites, showed yesterday. Although 47 percent of respondents said they support eco-friendly hotels, only 38 percent said they would be willing to pay an additional US$5 per night to check into such hotels. More than 30 percent of Taiwanese travelers only support environmentally friendly hotels in principle, but are unwilling to pay extra to stay in them. The survey also found that while 58 percent of all travelers said they prefer hotels that claim to be environmentally friendly, only 39 percent said they would pay an extra US$10 or more per night to stay in one.
App complements eateries
Searching for restaurants has become easier with the launch of a mobile application by restaurant Web site OpenRice Ltd yesterday. The free app allows anyone to find, rate and leave comments on more than 90,000 restaurants in Taiwan, as well as more than 1 million food outlets in nine Asian countries, according to the Web site. Founded in 1999 in Hong Kong and launching its operations in Taiwan in November last year, OpenRice is targeting 200,000 downloads of the app within a month, along with attracting 300,000 registered members to its Web site, OpenRice country manager Carlos Lee (李震中) said. OpenRice managing director Jan Wong said the Web site’s revenue comes from advertising, as well as back-end management services designed for restaurants, such as online reservations and promotional campaigns.