An era where connectivity goes on a holiday with you

An era where connectivity goes on a holiday with you

These days social media appears to be playing a very vital role in most industries, and one of the best instances is the travel industry, which now has two hotels - one for Tweetaholics and one for Instagram lovers.

Spain's Melia brand of hotels last month unveiled the new Sol Wave House in Majorca, calling it the world's first "Twitter hotel" that brings together the real and virtual worlds to offer a brand new experience.

According to its website, Sol Wave House connects every guest to their very own social community, where they can meet, interact, have fun, compete, experience, flirt, tweet and much more.

The hotel's Twitter-themed rooms are decorated in white and blue - the colour scheme of the social networking site. Plus, there's a dedicated Twitter concierge and a "Twitter Party Suite" that provides concierge services during the visitors' stay.

On Twitter (@SolWaveHouse) the hotel identifies itself as the first Tweet Experience Hotel and has so far won over some 1,600 followers.

Guests can contact the check-in desk and hotel staff using the #SocialWave hashtag, and even order service, a drink by the pool or anything else they might desire.

Early this month, the newly renovated 1888 Hotel in Sydney opened its doors, calling itself the world's most "Instagrammable" hotel. It rewards users who have more than 10,000 Instagram followers a night's free stay. Its rooms go for A$150 (S$1770)  per night.

Photo sharing is at the heart of the Instagram-inspired 1888 Hotel, which encourages its guests to take "selfies" (self-portraits) in interesting nooks of the hotel for a monthly photo competition. Once again, they stand to win a free overnight stay.

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