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Red Roof Intros Amazon Alexa Skills Technology

COLUMBUS, OH—Capitalizing on continued evolution in the consumer-facing technology space, Red Roof has introduced a way for hoteliers to connect directly with consumers at home through Amazon’s Alexa Skills platform.

A dynamic Red Roof skill for Amazon Alexa now enables travelers to ask Alexa Red Roof-specific questions to assist in making travel plans, all from the comfort of home. This new offering allows Red Roof to provide key information to the more than 20 million Alexa users, answering questions to help drive decisions including, “Can I bring my dog?” and “How many locations do you have?” to “Tell me about Red Roof PLUS+” and “Do you have any deals?”

“As consumers continue to rely more heavily on technology in their daily routines at home, we created the Red Roof skill for Amazon Alexa in the spirit of added convenience and ability to deliver important, decision-driving information directly to current and future guests,” said Kevin Scholl, director of digital marketing and partnerships, Red Roof. “Our technology is living and we’ll continue to add information to best support users based on consumer demand and aim to provide booking capabilities in the future.”

According to recent research, 72% of users engage with Alexa as part of their daily routine and nearly half of them speak with their Alexa-enabled device, noting it feels like speaking with a friend.

“Directly giving consumers information about Red Roof at home is the natural next step in our technological future as an innovative hotel brand,” Marina MacDonald, CMO, Red Roof. “Travel truly meets technology through the new Red Roof skill for Amazon Alexa, allowing us to provide key information to a captivated audience that is already integrating the benefits of Alexa into their everyday lives.”

Users can enable the Red Roof skill for Amazon Alexa at no cost on all of their Alexa-enabled devices in the Skills hub of the Amazon Alexa app on their smartphones. Later this year, Red Roof will roll out an artificial intelligence chatbot and Quickbook feature for the brand’s website to allow guests to quickly lock in a stay at a property.