It’s not everyday when a tropical storm hits and being confined to a hotel room brings about a positive ending. But that’s exactly what happened for founders Melanie and John. During an interview with Melanie and John, they discussed the origin of Away Together.
“While traveling, a storm hit, and as we were sitting in our hotel room we wondered why we couldn’t communicate with other guests to see if anyone wanted to meet and play cards and why the hotel only communicated by leaving messages under doors?” –Melanie Brewer, Away Together Co-Founder
What is Away Together?
Away Together is an app that travelers download and use (for free!) which enables them to securely chat with other guests as well as allows the hotel to keep them updated on various local events and hotel activities.
According to the World Travel Organization, 68% of travelers want to truly experience a destination through the eyes of a local highlighting local history, culture, and social impact experiences. Away Together grants access to local events, businesses, restaurants and excursions through the Activities tab within the app.
For example, if guests want to coordinate a ride share to the airport or meet to play a game of volleyball, these types of communications can be sent safely and securely within the app.
Instead of posting to public social media groups, travelers within the app have the capability to chat on a safe, secure and private platform that can only be accessed by other guests at the establishment or event via geofencing and proprietary software.
Are you planning a destination wedding or event? If so, Away Together allows you to easily communicate with your family and friends even if they are staying at different hotels. A unique identifier within the app allows you to tie all your guests into one group and communicate effectively to stay on time and connected.
The app also allows easy and efficient communication to all guests in a similar fashion. Let’s say the resort has multiple restaurants on site, and each restaurant has a specific menu that rotates depending on the day. The app is a fluid method to inform guests of specials, any closures due to maintenance, one-off events like marathons or concerts, and precautions and updates if you experience a natural disaster while traveling.
You don’t speak the local language, no problem. Away Together recently added a translation feature to its functionality. Send and receive messages in your native tongue to optimize the experience without having concerns over language differences.
Experience Away Together on Every Continent
Away Together’s intial footprint is in hotels, resorts and events in the Caribbean.Future plans include partnering with RV Parks, Condo Associations, and cruise lines as well as emerging markets in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
How You Can Help
Goals for 2023 include securing their next round of investment. This funding will allow for hiring of employees and rolling out the 6th version of their app which will have new features including building upon existing AI capabilities.
Interested in scheduling a meeting or requesting a free demo with the Away Together team? Access their schedule here.
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