SOURCE: HILTON HOTEL CORPORATION AND eKIOSK.COM
HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION AND eKIOSK.COM ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO OFFER HIGH-SPEED PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS STATIONS IN HILTON AND DOUBLETREE HOTELS
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and NEW LENOX, Ill. - May 8, 2000 - Hilton Hotels Corporation and eKiosk.com Corporation have announced a three-year agreement to deploy high-speed public area Internet eKiosks(tm) in Hilton(r) and Doubletree(r) hotels throughout North America.
"eKiosks are high-speed internet access stations. They provide a new way for guests to communicate with the world when visiting our hotels, and could quickly become as important as the pay phone," said Robert Dirks, senior vice president - marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation. "This important service epitomizes Hilton's dedication to providing our guests with user-friendly, leading-edge technology and tools to help them be more efficient and connected while traveling away from office and home." An eKiosk is a complete video-capable, Internet communications center, where travelers can stay connected, even when their laptop computer isn't.
eKiosks provide users with direct access to the Internet through a broadband T1 or DSL connection that lets users surf the Internet or check e-mails at speeds up to 50 times faster than a regular phone modem. A user-friendly interface guides guests through a wide and growing variety of available Internet services. A large "session clock" helps users track the duration of their kiosk usage. Users may exit the Internet and end their session charges at any time.
Hilton Goes eKiosk 2-2-2-2
The Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton recently completed a successful test pilot program of eKiosks, which began last summer. "We believe these trials at Hilton hotels in Chicago demonstrate that our eKiosks do provide more reliable Internet service and more Web-based service options for hotel guests than ever before," says eKiosk.com Corporation's CEO and Founder Don Heidrich. "By working together, the deployment of eKiosks in Hilton and Doubletree hotels can only solidify Hilton's overall goal of providing the finest in technology services for the business or leisure traveler."
To introduce wired travelers to the convenience of eKiosks, the first ten minutes of Internet access on eKiosks at any Hilton or Doubletree hotel are complimentary. Nominal charges for eKiosk high speed Internet access services are handled over the Internet via credit card. Some hotels may also offer pre-paid eKiosk Internet access cards in gift shops and at the hotel's front desk.
eKiosk.com Corporation is a vertically integrated firm that designs, manufactures and deploys Internet kiosks in public areas. Information technology experts project that hardware like these kiosks will rapidly replace the more than 2.5 million payphones existing worldwide. The firm deploys a centrally managed network that makes eKiosk's points-of-delivery for Web-based communications and eCommerce transactions. eKiosk.com was the first to introduce Video eMail and remains the industry leader in this technology.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises 1,800 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton(r), Doubletree(r), Embassy Suites(r), Hampton Inn(r), Hampton Inn & Suites(r), Harrison Conference Centers(r), Hilton Garden Inn(r), Homewood Suites(r) by Hilton, Red Lion Hotels & Inns(r) and Conrad International(r).
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