Melia Hotels International is providing guests with bracelets enabling them to have a wallet- and key-free experience.
The project, developed with Oracle, allows guests to pay for services including meals, spa treatments and shops within resorts using a bluetooth connection to the Melia app.
Hotel room doors can also be unlocked via the bracelets, which have been trialled at two properties in Magaluf, a resort in Majorca. The plan is to add a further four properties to the pilot project in the middle of August.
Guests with bracelets can also use them at any of the nine Melia resorts in Magaluf.
The Melia app also enables parents to control use of the bracelets by children through credit limits.
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The hotel chain isn’t the first to trial a bracelet concept, with the Ushuaia Beach property connecting guests with social media (Facebook) via an RFID-based wristband in 2011.
The bands enabled guests to do social check-ins, status updates and upload photos during their stay using sensors at various places across the Ibiza resort.
In 2013, Walt Disney World unveiled its MagicBand, also RFID-based, and initially launched them at its resort in Orlando.
The wristbands were launched as part of the company’s MyMagic+ experience and can unlock resort hotel doors and carry park tickets, photos, cash and FastPasses previously booked online. The company can also use the bands to personalize the resort experience.