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People today expect to be connected always and everywhere; sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was a world before smartphones and Wi-Fi. In the time since Wi-Fi became ubiquitous in hotels, apartments, and public spaces, it has fueled the evolution of connectivity in a lot of ways. Just like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the most basic needs start at the bottom, and you can’t get to the next level without a strong foundation. 

By now, everyone is aware that hotel giant Marriott International announced on Friday a massive data breach that goes back more than four years and may have affected up to 500 million customers worldwide. 

After two years of preparation, the FlyZoo Hotel — a futuristic property that uses interactive technologies to do everything from greet guests to deliver room service — is ready for business. 

Mobile technology is fast becoming central to the entire travel experience. Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to research trips, book accommodation, check in at the airport, and access their hotel room. But one of the next big roles mobile has to play in the travel process is mobile payment. The idea of an entirely cashless society might still seem some way off, but mobile payment is gaining popularity. As it becomes more widely used, its fast and frictionless nature will bring benefits before, during and after a trip. 

Digital marketing, also known as internet marketing, plays a significant role to boost hotel website traffic and online bookings. Recently, many big announcements were made in the digital industry, for example when Facebook introduced a new video format for marketers, or when Google announced a board core algorithm. If you are a new hotelier and want to stay ahead in the industry, then you should know what’s going on in the hotel digital marketing industry. 
 



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Another Look at the Study, "Creating the Coveted Hotel Guest Experience Perspectives from Consumers and Hoteliers"

03/28/2017

The numbers reported in a recent survey by Oracle Hospitality and Phocuswright are clear:

"64 percent of U.S. hotel guests said it is 'very or extremely important' for hotels to continue investing in technology to enhance the guest experience... 94 percent of business travelers and 80 percent of leisure travelers expressed interest in using smartphones to request service and message hotel staff."

Can technology improve guest engagement and experience? According to this study that surveyed U.S. and European travelers... yes... and guests expect it to do so.

So how important is technology to the guest... and the hotelier?

"Even in limited fashion, technology is a pivotal asset because it addresses the industry’s conflicting goals: operate efficiently at scale and simultaneously provide individualized service. By driving both, technology can foster greater guest loyalty and generate greater revenue."

For those who missed the full report in the February 9, 2017, edition of Hospitality Upgrade's Watercooler e-newsletter, the study describes how improved guest experience is the key to guests embracing and enjoying technologies that hotels and brands implement.

Key takeaways from the survey include:

  • Technology is a critical catalyst in creating a differentiated experience.
  • Guests are clamoring for greater control of the in-room experience.
  • The hotelier as orchestrator – it is a vital role that will pay dividends now and in the future.
  • Technology enables hotels, both chains and independents, to pursue the delivery of individualized guests experience as they see fit.

To view the report in its entirely, please click here.

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