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The robotic revolution in the hospitality industry might seem to have taken a step back. This January, the famously quirky Henn-Na Hotel in Japan fired half of its 243 robot staff. The robotic workforce reportedly irritated guests and frequently broke down.

Think about the moment when you first enter your hotel room. Look around: Does the room tell you anything unique about the hotel where you are staying? Or is it all beige walls and double beds with white covers, and you have to walk back outside and look at the sign on the hotel’s facade to even remember where you are?

Hotel guests commonly bring multiple devices with them during their stay. However, many hotel environments don’t provide easy access to charging outlets. This situation can lead to a guest feeling more than inconvenienced. A recent survey found almost 90 percent of people "felt panic" when their phone battery dropped to 20 percent or below.

Spam is one of the major problems that most hotel website owners face on regular basis. It is a bad practice used by spammers to persuade the page rank of a site.

GBTA recently partnered with AccorHotels to conduct a study investigating the role of loyalty in managed travel programs in Europe with the goal of understanding how loyalty programs currently fit within company travel policy and what opportunities may exist in the future.



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It's an Exciting Time for New Technology Products

04/10/2014
It’s getting to be that time again – we are only weeks away from HITEC and the buzz around new technology innovation is starting. It’s an exciting time of year. This week I was approached with two very interesting and unique technologies for hotel, resorts and restaurants.

The first is called Tellystream. While I have a feeling someone in our industry has thought of this I haven’t actually seen anything like this to date. Tellystream is a digital signage, DIY solution that allows a property to show its own personal property message on its restaurants and bar televisions during the live commercial breaks. If you are a small property with limited IT support this might be a great option for you or if you are just looking for an innovative way to share messages with your patrons this is worth a look. Check out www.tellystream.com.
 
The second technology is a 3-D pool projection. The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Hawaii debuted this technology with an illusion of aliens in the resort’s pool. The company responsible for this is PointCloud Media who took its building mapping technology and adapted it to water. It has a definitely cool factor of 9.5. I can see resort properties  in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami jumping on this for large events, parties, concerts and New Year’s Eve. The company has put together a demonstration video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcVzmvzGGys or you can check out http://pointcloudmedia.com.
 
Would you like to see more previews of interesting and innovative technologies? Please email the author at the address below.
About The Author
Geneva Rinehart
SVP, Managing Editor
Hospitality Upgrade


Geneva Rinehart is the managing editor at Hospitality Upgrade. For two decades, she has followed the world of hospitality technology. On occasion she will chronicle hospitality technology issues, technology trends, and new technologies for Hospitality Upgrade on LinkedIn and Twitter: @genevarinehart

 
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