It’s 2018 and it’s official: we can’t live without apps. A little over 10 years ago, Apple launched its App Store with just 500 apps; now there are over five million mobile applications available for both iOS and Android users. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking, how did I even leave the house in 1998 without Google Maps? Today, the average smartphone user has over 80 apps on their phone and uses up to 40 of them each month.
Smart intuitive apps have been game changers for the hospitality industry, with guests more tech-savvy than ever. And for many working in the hospitality industry, our phones are also an indispensable tool for doing our jobs well. But, with millions of apps to choose from, how can you find the select few that can help you work better, stay up-to-date on industry news and trends, and enhance your career? Don’t worry, Hosco is here to help you.
The following list is by no means comprehensive – there are hundreds of super useful apps out there for hospitality professionals to try out (don’t see your favorite app here? Tell us about it!). But the Hosco team and our network of hospitality contacts currently love these five apps the most:
As a hospitality professional, you’re expected to know about wine. Or at least that’s what all your friends think. Tap into your inner sommelier with the Vivino app to discover wine which has crowdsourced ratings and reviews. Our favorite thing about this app is its scan feature, which allows you to take a photo of any wine label and instantly get detailed information on the wine, including suggested food pairings. Also, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is a member, and his reviews are not only helpful but highly entertaining!
If you’re reading this and you don’t have the Hosco app – what are you waiting for? Hosco’s mobile application gives you access to world-class culinary, tourism, and hotel jobs worldwide. It’s also your one-stop-shop for breaking industry news and trending stories. One distinctive feature of the Hosco app that users love is the Invite Your Friends feature which allows you to grow your network faster.
Beer aficionados and aspiring cicerones, we didn’t forget you when making this list. Like Vivino, but for beer, this app is the go-to source for discovering new beers, rating them, and connecting with members of the beer brewing and drinking community. The coolest feature of this app is the Upcoming Events feature, which keeps you in the loop on tastings, festivals, and all things beer-related in your area.
Hospitality professionals understand better than anyone the importance of speaking a second (or third) language. Proficiency in a foreign language can help you edge out the competition for a coveted position, and even land a higher salary. Thinking of applying for a job abroad, or just want to build your CV? Now’s the time to brush up on that foreign language you’ve been dreaming of learning or perfecting. Duolingo is easy to use, allows you to set weekly goals, and it’s great for visual learners. Best of all, it’s free.
Mindfulness. There’s been a buzz around this psychological process in recent years and now it’s available at your fingertips, thanks to Headspace. The app offers guided meditation, including breathing and visualization techniques, for everyone from total beginners to the most mindful Zen masters. Not sure where to start? Hospitality professionals love the Finding Focus and Productivity packs, as well as the Business travel mini session. Along with over 8.5 million users, including Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, we love this app’s straightforward, no-frills design and approach. It offers moments of calm and clarity on even the busiest, most hectic days. Try up to 10 free sessions before subscribing for a monthly, yearly or lifetime fee.
So, there you have it. Thanks to these five free apps you can: boost your wine and beer knowledge, keep up to date with the best hospitality news and job opportunities, begin to learn a new language, and totally disconnect your mind. Download them today and your life in hospitality will become just that little bit easier.