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Zitec Launches a New Feature of Its Facebook Application, HotelPeeps

Zitec, one of the most important Romanian custom software providers, announces the expansion of its Facebook application, HotelPeeps, through a new feature that will help people identify when they can benefit from lower rates on accommodation in various cities around the world.

Bucharest, Romania, November 18, 2010 --( New features in, Price Trends, directs users to the best accommodation options, currently covering a period of four months. Tourists just need to select the city they wish to visit and they will see a graph with the average price of accommodations. In this way they can plan a trip and cut costs by 50% or even more.

Thus, if you test the new functionality you will find that early December is very friendly for holidays in Paris, the average price paid for a room for two persons being 98 euros per night. Not the same thing can be said about Vienna, where the best accommodation costs average in January at 77 euros per night. If you want to travel in Valencia, you must know that this city is expensive in November because of the Valencia Open Tennis Tournament.

"HotelPeeps was focused until now on finding the best accommodation options for a desired destination, relying on the advice of the circle of friends. Starting with the launch of Price Trends, we will focus on finding the best price for application’s users," said Alexandru Lapusan, Zitec’ CEO.

Price Trends feature launched a few days ago, now covers 25 of the most desired destinations in the world, like Paris, London, Barcelona, New York, Rome, Rio de Janeiro or Amsterdam. Zitec team is already working to increase the list of destinations.

Alexandru Lapusan has also explained that for the calculation of average prices for each city indexed under Price Trends, all offers of accommodation for a period of four months until the present day will be taken into account. All the data processed by Price Trends comes from seven international online booking systems, updated several times a week and are consistent with prices available via most of the online booking websites.

"After consulting HotelPeeps Price Trends users already have a list of the best times to travel and they can seek out manually individual offers to meet their needs," said Alexandru Lapusan.

In terms of identifying the best deals, Zitec’s official plans to launch by this year's end the functionality "Price Alerts" which will highlight the special price offers based on user profile.

"We believe that by providing useful tools for finding the best accommodation prices will attract new users, but more importantly will determine the application users to return more often," said Zitec’s CEO.

From a technical standpoint, Zitec solution is achieved in PHP and based on cloud-computing platform provided by Microsoft, Windows Azure.

HotelPeeps, Zitec’s first Facebook application, was launched in March and was designed to help tourists in choosing accommodations. If until now, tourists had planned their own trips studying various offers reviews of the financial and international sites and hotels, HotelPeeps presents recommendations from close friends, namely those of them that were in that city or state.

The application has over 15,000 users, mostly from Romania. In September 2010 HotelPeeps was declared the best Facebook application Webstock Awards.

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