If you regularly travel for your job in the meetings and conventions industry, you’re most likely familiar with the where-should-I-go predicament. Perhaps you’ve just arrived after an early-morning flight, but your first meeting doesn’t start until 2 p.m. Or maybe you’re feeling the effects of jet lag after a long international flight, but your hotel room won’t be ready until the standard 4 p.m. check-in time. Plenty of business travelers have been forced to sit in a coffee shop for an extended period while nursing a sluggish Wi-Fi connection, but Dayuse.com is delivering a more cozy alternative.
The service offers a range of hotel rooms for use during the — you guessed it — day, with discounts up to 75 percent off the cost of a full overnight stay. Looking for a place to rest in New York? Take a shower and a nap at the Courtyard by Marriott near Central Park, where a 9 a.m.–3 p.m. stay starts at $79. Want somewhere quiet to focus on the finishing touches for that presentation in Dubai? Consider a 10 a.m.–6 p.m. stay at the Novotel World Trade Centre for $74. Dayuse.com has partnerships with 4,000 hotels in 20 countries.
While the website has been around since 2010, it’s finally starting to capture more attention and more dollars from frequent travelers. In 2016, it won the prestigious People’s Choice Award in the Innovation Launch category at the annual Phocuswright Conference. “To be rewarded by the travel industry’s most savvy and engaged audience is a great honor for me and my team,” David Lebée, CEO and founder of Dayuse.com, said after the victory. “This shows that people now see its full potential. It’s a turning point for Dayuse.com; the promise of continued success as we expand globally.”
Hotels Harness the Power of Daytime Revenue
Guests aren’t the only winners when it comes to daytime hotel offerings. In 2016, Dayuse.com helped hotels generate nearly $20 million in incremental revenue. The service seems poised for plenty of growth, too. With press coverage from outlets including CNN Money, CNBC, and Travel + Leisure, more guests are hearing about the service. As hotels look for additional opportunities to maximize revenue, those travelers will have more options in more places. At the end of 2016, Lebée announced plans to add staff in Asia, Australia, and Brazil, and a new partnership with hospitality distribution company DHISCO.