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IoT is Coming, Jon Snow…
Posted: 05/21/2019

Hospitality is prime for the coming advent of the various devices that make up the Internet of Things. Estimates show the industry now represents 17.5 million rooms worldwide and savvy guests are demanding more personalization and an overall improved guest experience along their connected travel journey and belief is that IoT can bring this to reality. 

The forces driving local search rankings are constantly changing. But recent studies suggest that in 2019, four key factors make up the local search algorithm. 
 
The most significant factor is Google My Business (GMB). If you’re not on it, get on it now.

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.



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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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