OpenTable can now take reservations at 38,000 restaurants in 20 countries.
Next time you’re in Paris, you may be able to book a dinner reservation without subjecting the maître d’ to your terrible French accent.
The restaurant reservation platform OpenTable can now take reservations at restaurants around the world through users’ local accounts, and can support English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The company has roughly 38,000 restaurants in 20 countries, with the vast majority in the U.S. and seven other nations.
Since it dropped $2.6 billion in cash for the dining reservation service in June 2014, the Priceline Group Inc. has been working to make OpenTable more international, trying to turn the company into a more critical platform for global travelers.
The changes mean OpenTable’s websites and mobile apps can help the company become “a true ‘Global Dining Passport’ for diners across the world,” Chief Executive Christa Quarles said. And the goal for OpenTable, which says it handles 20 million reservations per month, is to enable global jet-setters to use local accounts anywhere in the world.
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The expectation is to align dining more closely with its parent company’s traveler base — an entree into the lucrative space of what Priceline executives have called “transient diners,” people who want a good meal when they travel. About 97 percent of travelers report eating out at least once daily, according to OpenTable research.
For much of the past two years, San Francisco-based OpenTable has been revamping its technical infrastructure to handle multiple languages in nations where the idea of reserving a lunch or dinner table via web or mobile app is still considered a bit wacky. While Americans might be relatively familiar with going online to book a restaurant reservation, that concept remains foreign across much of the world.