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As we examine and develop new strategies for the changes that we can expect to see in the hospitality industry post-crisis, we are also starting to envision the world beyond the pandemic and to the new normal of radically shifted travel consumer expectations and preferences. The probability of guest technology expectations worldwide significantly changing becomes high as guests prefer a more touchless and fully mobile-enabled hospitality experience post-COVID-19. The future of hospitality has always been mobile–but COVID-19 will accelerate this trend from a nice-to-have to a must-have for hoteliers.

When it comes to leadership today, how do you stay ahead of the competition? How do you innovate in your niche? How can your team think differently when most people hold on tightly to what they know? To have a competitive advantage, it’s all about keeping your eye on the future and looking for opportunities.

Much is unknown as to when, how fast, and how the hotel industry will recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Never has there been more uncertainty around what capabilities and processes hotels will need, when they will need them, or how technology should support them.

The introduction of Instagram Stories and their real-time, ephemeral content has significantly altered the course of our social media experience, especially for the hospitality industry. Since its launch, Instagram Stories have become an integral tool for content discovery, a sense of welcome and comfort, platform engagement and deeper storytelling. With more than 500 million daily active users, Instagram Stories continue to draw in more brands, hungry consumers, and content creators.

Having been brought up in the world of hotelling, and with family and close friends who remain in the space, the last few months have served as the disruption that none of us asked for, but one that nonetheless forced us to pause for perhaps the first time in many years.



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Jon Inge's 2013 Technology Year in Review - RFID and Multiproperty Installs

01/21/2014
by Jon Inge
Part 7 of 8 - Check back daily for each section of Jon's Technology Year in Review.
(excerpt from full post - 01/09/14 Siegel Sez Newsletter)
 
To read part one: click here
Part two - Mobile
Part three - GMS
Part four - CRS
Part five - Distribution
Part six - Integration and Marketing
 
Part 7 - RFID
     Another technology that’s no longer controversial, RFID has become the standard for new guestroom door locks for its convenience and reliability.  Its other highly successful hotel usage has been in speeding and enhancing the management of uniform and linen inventories, as witness InvoTech Systems’ string of orders this year from the Santa Ana Star Casino (Albuquerque), Four Winds Casinos, the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, Ho Tram Beach Resort (Vietnam), the New York Palace (Manhattan), the Trump National Doral Miami, Gila River Casinos, Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino and Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Houston and Hyatt's Andaz Maui at Wailea.
 
- Multi-property installs
    As usual, many vendors landed significant multi-property orders from clients looking to standardize their operations as much as possible.  These included (in alphabetical order):
  • Aptech: Noble House Hotels & Resorts (17 properties), Concord Hospitality (90 properties)
  • Blynk: The Park Group (12 properties in India)
  • Elite Meetings International: MGM Resorts International (SpeedRFP for mgmresorts.com and 15 hotels)
  • eRevMax’s RateTiger: JJW Hotels (23 of its European hotels), Louvre Hotel Group’s Premiere Class, Campanile and Kyriad brands, Leonardo Hotels (20 properties).
  • hotel SystemsPro: Stonebridge Companies (hotel SalesPro in 47 properties), North Central Group (hotel SalesPro in 31 sites), Strand Development Company (hotel SalesPro in 36 hotels), Red Lion Hotels (hotel ServicePro at 27 properties), Gateway Hospitality Group (hotel ServicePro at 18 properties)
  • IDeaS: Orient-Express Hotels (most of its portfolio), Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas (23 hotels and resorts)
  • Lanyon: NH Hoteles, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Jumeirah Group, Larkspur Hotels and Onyx-Hospitality.  
  • M3 Accounting + Analytics: Davidson Hotels & Resorts  (46-hotel portfolio)
  • MICROS’ Opera: Marriott (worldwide), Morgans Hotel Group (13 hotels), Outrigger (full enterprise) 
  • MICROS’ Simphony POS: InterContinental Hotels Group (61 UK hotels), Compass Group – USA (multiple business divisions) 
  • Newmarket: Colwen Hotels (23 ;properties for Delphi.fdc)
  • Quadriga: Concorde Hotels & Resorts (25), Sofitel (26 properties in EMEA), Restel (9 hotels in Finland).  Quadriga’s Personal Media Network mobile application also won HTNG’s “Most Innovative Technology Award 2012” at HTNG’s North American conference.
  • RateGain: ONYX Hospitality Group (33 properties)
  • ReviewPro: Kempinski (80 hotels)
  • Systems Associates: Starwood Vacation Ownership (SynergyMMS maintenance management in all villa resort properties)
  • TrustYou: Quebec Hotel Association (900-plus hotels)
  • ZDirect: GrandStay Hospitality (ZMail in 34 properties)

 Accor also implemented a Salesforce.com-based application called ANAIS (Accor New Application for Integrated Sales) for its 700 salespersons across the world.

About The Author
Jon Inge

Jon Inge and Associates


Jon Inge is an independent consultant specializing in hotel property level technologies. Jon is a regular contributor to Hospitaity Upgrade and writes a bi-monthly technology newsletter covering technology in the hospitality industry that appears on Hotel-Online.com.

 
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