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Hotel Tech Industry Launches $350k Ukraine Relief Initiative HospitalityforPeace.org

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Hotel Tech Report
2 months ago

HospitalityforPeace.org launched through an alliance of hotel tech companies that came together to provide direct aid to those affected by the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.   The group has raised $290,500 in commitments from hotel tech companies, venture capital firms and individuals in the broader hotel industry with a goal of reaching $350,000 in donations by April 15th. Over the next 30-days, founding members Mews, Tidemark, M3, SiteMinder, Duetto, Impala and Hotel Tech Report will match donations to the campaign when donors contribute to one of the certified causes at HospitalityforPeace.org. Leading hotel tech and venture firms have already joined as first mover corporate donors such as: Peakspan, Hotel Effectiveness, Oaky, ALICE, Transcendent, ProfitSword, ASG, INTELITY, Screen Pilot, Maestro, The Hotels Network, Karbon, Thynk and hotelkit. “We watched the humanitarian crisis unfold in Ukraine as a community and agreed that we couldn’t stand idly by.  Collectively we decided that we’d be able to make more of an impact together than through individual company initiatives,” says project organizer Adam Hollander, “The fact that within the first week of launching this initiative we’ve already raised more than $290k is a testament to the rapid impact we can have by working together as an industry.”   Members of the hospitality industry can contribute to the initiative by sharing the link with friends and colleagues as well as by donating directly to a cause that is certified by HospitalityforPeace.org and sharing their donation receipt with campaign organizers.  Individual donations will be matched by corporate partners to amplify the impact of each dollar raised. Global peace is central to travel demand and a broader European conflict could potentially damage the travel industry even more than COVID. Additionally, Ukraine is an innovation hub with hundreds of hotel and hotel tech companies employing engineers in the country. Each day that Ukrainian engineers are holding rifles instead of writing code – innovation slows down.   About HospitalityForPeace.org Hospitality for Peace is an industry wide pledge to donate funds towards verified Ukrainian humanitarian causes.  Donors simply select the certified 501(c)3 nonprofit of their choice and forward their donation receipt to the campaign email address for inclusion in the matching program.  The campaign has an overall goal to raise $350,000 in 30-days.  

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Hotel Tech Industry Launches $350k Ukraine Relief Initiative HospitalityforPeace.org

Hotel Tech Report
2 months ago

HospitalityforPeace.org launched through an alliance of hotel tech companies that came together to provide direct aid to those affected by the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.   The group has raised $290,500 in commitments from hotel tech companies, venture capital firms and individuals in the broader hotel industry with a goal of reaching $350,000 in donations by April 15th. Over the next 30-days, founding members Mews, Tidemark, M3, SiteMinder, Duetto, Impala and Hotel Tech Report will match donations to the campaign when donors contribute to one of the certified causes at HospitalityforPeace.org. Leading hotel tech and venture firms have already joined as first mover corporate donors such as: Peakspan, Hotel Effectiveness, Oaky, ALICE, Transcendent, ProfitSword, ASG, INTELITY, Screen Pilot, Maestro, The Hotels Network, Karbon, Thynk and hotelkit. “We watched the humanitarian crisis unfold in Ukraine as a community and agreed that we couldn’t stand idly by.  Collectively we decided that we’d be able to make more of an impact together than through individual company initiatives,” says project organizer Adam Hollander, “The fact that within the first week of launching this initiative we’ve already raised more than $290k is a testament to the rapid impact we can have by working together as an industry.”   Members of the hospitality industry can contribute to the initiative by sharing the link with friends and colleagues as well as by donating directly to a cause that is certified by HospitalityforPeace.org and sharing their donation receipt with campaign organizers.  Individual donations will be matched by corporate partners to amplify the impact of each dollar raised. Global peace is central to travel demand and a broader European conflict could potentially damage the travel industry even more than COVID. Additionally, Ukraine is an innovation hub with hundreds of hotel and hotel tech companies employing engineers in the country. Each day that Ukrainian engineers are holding rifles instead of writing code – innovation slows down.   About HospitalityForPeace.org Hospitality for Peace is an industry wide pledge to donate funds towards verified Ukrainian humanitarian causes.  Donors simply select the certified 501(c)3 nonprofit of their choice and forward their donation receipt to the campaign email address for inclusion in the matching program.  The campaign has an overall goal to raise $350,000 in 30-days.  

Registration Officially Opens for the 2022 HotelTechAwards

Hotel Tech Report
5 months ago

Registration is now open for the 2022 HotelTechAwards (hoteltechawards.com), the industry's only data-driven awards platform that recognizes best-of-breed hotel technology companies who win in the eyes of the judges that matter most - their customers. Last year's 2021 HotelTechAwards Winners included top hotel technology companies such as Cloudbeds (PMS), ALICE (Guest App), Revinate (Hotel CRM), IDeaS Revenue Solutions (RMS), OTA Insight (Rate Shopper), and ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions (Mobile Key). "We at SiteMinder believe strongly in the essence of openness; it is what underpins the very core of what we stand for, and the HotelTechAwards, through the program's data-driven and transparent process, aligns firmly with this value," says SiteMinder CEO Sankar Narayan. Narayan's sentiments are mirrored by ALICE co-founder Alex Shashou, "The HotelTechAwards are a powerful stamp of approval for any company to possess and for hoteliers to trust. We value the HotelTechAwards process, which collects thousands of verified reviews from around the world each year." Companies will compete for category leadership across marketing, revenue management, guest experience, operations and sales technology. Hotel technology companies ranging from hardware to software and service businesses like digital marketing agencies are eligible for nomination. Dozens of companies around the world have already pre-registered for the competition. Registration closes on September 1st. Voting will take place through December 15, 2021, and winners of the 2022 HotelTechAwards will be announced on January 15, 2022. "As a former hotelier there was ultimately one thing my team wanted to know about prospective technology partners," says Jordan Hollander, co-founder of Hotel Tech Report, "We wanted to know what other hoteliers like us thought about the service providers, that they were tried and true and that the company could deliver on their sales promises. The HotelTechAwards were designed to do exactly that - they help hoteliers see what people like them honestly think about products and services to help them make better decisions for their properties."

protel Achieves Level II Global Support Certification

Hotel Tech Report
5 months ago

This week, protel earned Hotel Tech Report’s level II Global Customer Support Certification (GCSC) for its investments into tools, processes and strategies to ensure the ongoing success of its customers across the four of the key pillars of the GCSC Rubric including: pre-emptive support, reactive support, coaching and customer validation. The Hotel Tech Report GCSC certification program analyzes software vendors along critical dimensions of customer support infrastructure in order to help hoteliers minimize risk and maximize positive outcomes when selecting technology partners.  In order to become certified, companies must open their internal systems to Hotel Tech Report for assessment along HTR’s rigorous 34-point GCSC Rubric. "We have a large support team that we are constantly training and growing. We back our team with the best technology possible to ensure that the maximum focus is on providing hoteliers with exceptional customer service. As a result, our support team is consistently rated the number one reason why hoteliers love protel and we are very proud of that." Ingo Dignas, CEO @ protel. The below GCSC assessment outlines the verified systems and processes that protel has in place to educate, train, retain and support customers. protel's GCSC Assessment Summary  Rubric Score: 26/34 Certification Level: II Customer Orientation: Customer Focused  Recommendation: Recommended Support Team Size: 90 Support Team Leaders: Ken Greeley, VP Global Customer Support Certification Period: May 2021 - May 2022 Support Stack: Jira, Zoho SalesIQ, NFON, Helpjuice, Google Docs, Moodle GCSC Support Rubric Section I: Pre-Emptive Support  The Pre-Emptive support pillar of the GSCG Scoring Rubric audits the tools and processes the vendor has in place to provide customers with easy access to self-help resources.  These self-help resources serve as a basis to offer easy troubleshooting as well as to preempt answers to product related questions before they arise providing a more intuitive and seamless experience for clients.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that protel has in place for clients: 1.1 Online knowledge base/help center: Vendor offers a searchable help center for customers to easily find answers to common customer questions. 2.1 Online training videos: Vendor offers pre-recorded videos that clients can access 24/7 for self-teaching and deeper product knowledge. 4.1 Implementation documentation/roadmap: Vendor offers clients a visual map of the steps, processes and stakeholders upon onboarding to ensure that all stakeholders are aligned to make the implementation process more seamless. GCSC Support Rubric Section II: Reactive Support  The Reactive Support Pillar assesses the company's responsiveness to clients and their ability to resolve issues quickly when they arise, ensuring prompt response and service to clients.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that protel has in place for clients: 1.2 Transparent process: Vendor has opened up their systems to Hotel Tech Report via screen share to verify their tools and processes in place to deliver customer support. 1.3 Email support or phone support: Vendor at least one of the traditional methods of customer support channels, email or phone support (additional channels: phone, chat, email) 1.4 Multi-lingual support: Vendor offers support in the languages where they have active clients 1.5 Purpose built support and ticket management tool: Vendor utilizes professional customer support software that has functionality to effectively manage support tickets, followup, escalations and analytics. 2.2 Live Chat support: Vendor offers website or in-app live chat as an alternative customer support channel. 3.3 Contract SLAs: Vendor has service level agreement (SLA) terms in place in client contracts to guarantee that service levels are upheld. 3.5 Feature request tracking: Vendor offers the ability for clients to easily submit feature requests and has a methodology in place for escalating high priority features. 4.4 24/7 support availability: Vendor offers 24/7 support to clients for around the clock assistance. 4.5 Verified Contract SLA monitoring: Vendor has SLA terms fully integrated into their customer support software that has automatic notifications ensuring that SLA's are monitored and upheld. GCSC Support Rubric Section III: Customer Success & Coaching While keeping customers happy is commonly thought of by software companies as the top priority, keeping them well informed is of equal importance. The third pillar of the GCSC Rubric identifies the key ways that vendors inform, educate and train their customers to realize successful outcomes with their products.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that protel has in place for clients: 1.7 Customer satisfaction monitoring (ex. NPS surveys, CSAT): Vendor has processes in place to regularly monitor customer satisfaction. 2.3 Product updates/changes (release notes/changelog): Vendor offers easily accessible robust documentation of feature updates and product improvements to educate clients on new ways to maximize usage of the product. 2.4 Quarterly success check ins: Vendor offers [at least] quarterly customer success check ins to review progress, share best practices and ensure that clients are successful and happy with the product or service. 3.6 Performance reporting: Vendor offers reporting and analytics to show clients the value of the product or service. 4.6 Learning Management System (LMS): Vendo has a Learning Management System in place that offers videos, guided trainings and assessments for customers to be able to expand product knowledge in a structured way over time. 4.9 Dedicated customer success monitoring software: Vendor utilizes dedicated customer success software to monitor product usage and coach users to succeed with the product. GCSC Support Rubric Section IV: Customer Validation The GCSC’s 34-point rubric and Hotel Tech Report’s verification of internal tools and processes validate the vendor's systems in place; however, the validation of the success of these tools and processes can most significantly be validated by the unbiased perspectives of real hotelier customers.  This pillar looks at unbiased verified client reviews and satisfaction scores to validate that the processes in place are working in the eyes of customers based on their satisfaction ratings.  The following are the rubric items that Hotel Tech Report has verified that protel has in place for clients: 3.7 Public Feedback Validation: Vendor shows exemplary client relationships and is a top performer on Hotel Tech Report with more than 100 verified client reviews. 2.5 4.1 avg. customer support rating: Vendor has outstanding customer support ratings averaging more than 4.0/5 across all client reviews. About the Hotel Tech Report Global Customer Support Certification (GCSC) Support is one of the most critical aspects of the vendor selection process and yet historically there has never been a way to know the quality of a company’s support, until now. Using Hotel Tech Report’s proprietary framework, companies are assessed along four key dimensions: pre-emptive support, reactive support, coaching/success and client validation to provide hoteliers unprecedented levels of transparency to more easily identify top technology partners. For more information please visit: https://partners.hoteltechreport.com/global-support-certification/

INTELITY Collaborates with The Leading Hotels of the World to Develop Custom Mobile App and Guest Experience Platform for Brand and Member Hotels

INTELITY
5 months ago

 INTELITY®, the developer of hospitality’s broadest guest experience platform, announced today a new collaboration with The Leading Hotels of the World (Leading Hotels). The relationship will launch the INTELITY platform worldwide with the future development of a Leading Hotels mobile app. The app will be customer-facing and specifically designed for Leaders Club loyalty members by catering to their needs at Leading Hotels’ more than 400 properties across 80 countries. The collaboration also includes preferred options for Leading Hotels’ members to partner with INTELITY for an app completely customized for their property. The need for contactless and digitized offerings have become critical in the hospitality industry. Smartphones and other mobile devices are changing the way the hospitality industry communicates with and serves its customers. Now, Leading Hotels is paving the way for its hotels to deliver a more personalized and tech-enabled guest experience. This is an important measure to engage with guests who have become accustomed to mobile convenience, streamlined service and contactless options in every aspect of their travel journey. “We are pleased to collaborate with INTELITY, a leader in the hospitality technology space,” said Phil Koserowski, Vice President, Digital Product Development and Marketing, The Leading Hotels of the World. “The relationship provides our more than 400 hotel members with preferred access to INTELITY’s guest experience and staff management platform. It will allow for our hotels to work with INTELITY to create their own apps, along with LHW brand level support and digital expertise. This effort will further digitize and enhance key touchpoints of the customer journey and complement the high-touch service that our skilled hoteliers already provide.” In addition to the development of a Leading Hotels brand app, each of the individual member properties will also have the option to partner with INTELITY for an app completely customized to their property. As properties implement their own apps, they’ll be able to deliver further contactless safety measures and mobile capabilities for guests and staff.  “Leading Hotels is well known for their engaging experiences, uncompromising guest service, and a large portfolio of unique member properties around the world,” remarked INTELITY CEO Robert Stevenson. “It’s an honor to work with such a prestigious brand. With the new Leading Hotels mobile app and our partnerships with member hotels, we’re excited to significantly elevate the digital guest experience across the brand.” In tandem with its Healthy Stays commitment to provide enhanced cleanliness standards and protocols for more than 400 worldwide members, Leading Hotels’ future mobile app developed by INTELITY will enable the company to continue to deliver the highest standards for guests. As guests slowly return to travel, the curated collection of independent and uncommon luxury properties will welcome back guests with the first-class service the company is known for, supplemented by the mobile-first digital capabilities provided by INTELITY. About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (Leading Hotels)Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, members embody the very essence of their destination. Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, the collection is for the curious traveler looking for their next discovery. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has a more than nine-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different. Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive tiered guest loyalty program, consisting of like-minded travelers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The program provides its members with personalized service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around the world. For more information visit: www.lhw.com, Facebook  @LeadingHotels, Twitter @LeadingHotels, and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld.

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Operations Category Overview

As any hotelier can attest, a modern hotel operation is a tangle of systems and technologies. Navigating the options can be overwhelming and frustrating, mainly because it's impossible to know how reliable the technology is -- or how responsive customer service will be during the inevitable outage. With such high-stakes, it's easy to get caught up in the details or to delay making a final decision.

“For an industry that’s fundamentally about human interaction, it’s ironic that technology has come to be such a big deal. But in today’s and tomorrow’s world, being strategic about how you allocate your tech investment resources is critical to the hospitality mission.” -Mark Van Amerongen, COO, Prism Hotels & Resorts
 To get to the nirvana of seamless hotel operations, it takes the best technology, customized according to each property’s needs. Irrespective of how long it takes to identify these solutions, the result should be a technology suite that works well together and is adaptable to ever-evolving guest expectations. Security and data protection should also be a priority as a hotel builds out its modern hotel operations tech stack. While your hotel may not need technology from all of these categories, each category has its own merits to carefully consider. Ask tough questions, request introductions to existing customers to prove further, and don’t rush into a decision on your hotel’s operating systems.

Here are some of the key categories to keep in mind when building your hotel operations software tech stack.

A property management system (PMS) is a software suite that property owners use to manage their business by coordinating reservations, availability, payments, and reporting in one central place.  The PMS allows property owners to check-in and check-out guests, see room availability, make adjustments to existing reservations, and schedule housekeeping or maintenance events.  With a central system, hoteliers can better manage and monitor the key metrics needed to run their business (e.g. average daily rate, occupancy, and RevPAR).

Key Features:
  • Easy-to-use interface - Train your staff quickly and can reduce the likelihood of errors.
  • Check-in/check-out guests and modify guest reservations - Keep track of guests and move them around as needed keeps you on top of your reservations and reduces the likelihood of overbookings.
  • Central dashboard - See what is happening, what needs to be done today, and monitor your key metrics.
  • Personalized taxes, fees, and policies - Customize taxes, fees, and cancellation policies in the combination that best suits your business.
  • Government compliance - Comply with local tax reporting requirements and regulations.
  • Guest communication - Improve the guest experience with automated pre and post-stay communications.
  • Reporting suite - Generate detailed production and financial reports to improve business operations.

Key Players:

Staff Collaboration Software is critical to keep your operation running smoothly.  Hotel staff are scattered around time and location -- different shifts, floors, departments, and properties -- and are highly reliant on traditional forms of communication like log books, memos and two-way radios. Staff Collaboration platforms bring everyone on the same page within a digital environment, increasing staff productivity and providing cost savings through operational efficiency. The real-time visibility into hotel operations means no more dropped tasks, miscommunication, or expensive mistakes.

Key Features:
  • Simple Communication - Social media style features like notes, tags, mentions, and comments facilitate quick communication and collaboration among hotel teams. 
  • Task Management - Add accountability and track-ability to ensure timely completion by staff. 
  • Alerts / Notifications - Prevent costly mistakes and missed deadlines. In-App Translation Promote collaboration among multilingual staff. 
  • Checklists - Automatically alert shifts and departments of routine duties to ensure nothing is overlooked. 
  • Reporting - Spot trends and identify opportunities to improve.

Key Players:

Housekeeping management software makes the hardest job on property just a little bit easier. A hotel’s ability to turn over rooms directly impacts profit and housekeeping software is dramatically speeding up that process, leading to lower costs and higher revenues. We have taken all the pieces that make up a day in the life of housekeeping and digitized them. Everything from assignment boards to failed inspection items are now managed on a cloud-based platform, providing users from line-level associates to corporate executives the ability to effortlessly review daily progress as it happens.
The secret to housekeeping is that it is, at its core, the same in all hotels; full service or focused service, 3 star or 5 star, rooms are cleaned and maintained before, during and after a guests’ stay. Because of this, the best software will add value to the process, from the associates cleaning the rooms all the way up to the ownership group’s most senior executives.

Key Features:
  • Customization - Built in ability for hotel managers to edit, change and set preferences that best suit their property on any given day in a user-friendly, flexible manner. 
  • Interdepartmental communication - Bridge the gap between departments (maintenance, management, front desk, reservations, etc.) in an easy to use manner providing faster solutions to raised issues. 
  • Mobile Alerts & Messaging - Deliver real time information between employees and managers or hotel guests and staff to increase efficiency and deliver faster results. 
  • Reporting Tool - Gather and deliver data on employees’ performance using an extensive variety of metrics to gain the most insight into productivity. 
  • Systems Integration - Avoid duplicate data entry, save time and ensure accuracy by integrating directly with other systems at each property.

Key Players:
Quore
RoomChecker
Amadeus HotSOS
OPTii
Aavgo
Flexkeeping

Guest feedback software helps you survey in real time to improve your hotel operation and identify weaknesses. If you are running a hotel today, there is only one thing that truly matters at the end of the day - that your guests are happy and would recommend you to their friends. Accepting that, you have a choice, either: (a) guess how you should operate using your gut feeling and manually figure out how every change affects your guest satisfaction or (b) automate asking your guests for feedback and let the data tell you how you’re doing and what you should improve. The latter, is what Guest Feedback Software is all about; asking for, responding to, sharing and analyzing feedback from your guests in order to improve and achieve higher guest satisfaction.

Key Features
  • Benchmarking: Benchmarking of your guest satisfaction using standardized key values will ensure you truly know how you are standing vs. your competitors. Providing a reference ensures you actually focus on the right issues.
  • Responsive Survey Design: The importance of mobile devices should be obvious and old news in the year 2018. Surveys that look and feel great on your guests mobile devices is simply a necessity to receive feedback today.
  • Import Meta-data from PMS: If a guest for example mentions that the shower head is broken, by knowing the room number the guest stayed in you can immediately fix the problem.
  • Guest Feedback Thread: If this is the 3rd time the guest stays at your hotel and 2nd time they provide feedback, a system that maintains this history about the guest will facilitate a lot more personal communication with the guest. (Beware to do this in compliance with the GDPR though!).
  • Response Management: Often guests will simply hit “reply” on the mail asking for feedback, rather than clicking the link and filling in a survey. Any vendor that sends surveys from a “[email protected]” will miss a lot of important feedback and booking requests.

Key Players: