Marriott Hotels announced today they will be using Qi Wireless charging stations by Kube Systems in the lobby of 29 hotels starting later this month, allowing customers to charge their portable electronic devices without plugging them in.
According to the press release, “The idea was sparked by real travelers’ submissions on TravelBrilliantly.com – Marriott Hotels’ platform for engaging guests and consumers in co-creation – for more convenient ways to charge power hungry devices, such as iPhones, Android devices and iPads. The brand listened and collaborated with Kube Systems to bring this innovative idea to life.”
Marriott surveyed business travelers and they said they bring on average 2 or 3 portable electronic devices with them on a trip, so Marriott was looking for ways to innovate in addition to making power outlets more accessible in guest rooms.
I think that wireless charging is going to become more widespread, with brands such as Starbucks and McDonald’s also getting into the game. And while I don’t think this is going to make business travelers more loyal to Marriott, it would be a nice perk to charge up a device without plugging it in. What do you think?