The WalkSmart Hospitality Program!
Posted 29th January 2020. Category: General.
Late in 2019, WalkSmart introduced an electric scooter leasing program for hospitality operators which incorporated on-site servicing, insurance, repairs and the electric scooters themselves.
There is no doubt electric scooters are revolutionising the way people get around a city environment. For years inner-city areas have been plagued by road congestion and unreliable public transport. As we enter a new decade, we will see the rise in electric scooter uptake and infrastructure to support it.
Guests visiting a hotel are eager to discover their surroundings. They will have transportation options available to them, but often only inconvenient ones. Being unfamiliar with public transport and not being established in government systems usually means a stressful experience. Electric scooters enable guests to travel where they choose, use apps to get around and be at their destination quickly - while cruising effortlessly and enjoyably.
The demand for this product by the hospitality industry brought WalkSmart to introduce; The Hospitality Program. WalkSmart brings forth a subscription model that incorporates the leasing costs of the scooters, insurance and regular on-site maintenance combined into a simple term-free price. WalkSmart provides the scooter branding, docking stations, legal waiver forms, contracts, safety accessories together, so the experience is effortless for operators. Operators then have the option to offer the scooters complimentary to their guests or charge to add a revenue centre. Per scooter leasing costs currently lie between $100-$150 p/month depending on options requested by the hotel. However, income per scooter can exceed $150+ per day from billing hourly guest use.
WalkSmart began working closely with the Langham Hotel in Sydney - starting a trial to understand the necessary procedures and requirements to make a program like this work. To date, the trial has been successful, with positive feedback coming from guests and the hotel managers. WalkSmart has also certainly learnt a lot! Mr Gaylord Lamy, the General Manager at the Langham, Sydney, commented 'What a fun and sustainable way to discover Sydney.' he 'Absolutely loved it!'. WalkSmart looks forward working closely on more exciting opportunities with the Langham into the future!
WalkSmart is now speaking closely with a few additional boutique hotels and strives to continue discussions with other interested parties as operations spread throughout the regions.
If you have any enquiries about the WalkSmart Hospitality Program, please write an email to contact@WalkSmart.com.au with the subject 'Hospitality Program'.
WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.