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The availability of NFC contactless payment (Restaurant POS, Front Desk, Kiosk), and NFC contactless access control (guest room doors, parking garages, elevators, meeting rooms, gyms, spas, front doors etc.) in hotels to reduce the need to touch shared surfaces that allow the transmission of coronavirus is both an urgent need, and an intelligent response, to one of the most significant issues that the hospitality industry has ever faced: coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 . Importantly also, NFC contactless, if widely implemented, would demonstrate that the hospitality industry has the well-being of its guests and employees front of mind once hotels start to emerge from lock-down. 

As millions across America practice social distancing, hotels and Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVBs) are faced with the overall challenge of supporting their community and planning for the post-COVID-19 rebound. In addition to working directly with meeting planners, CVBs often report and forecast tourism for the entire community. CVBs play an integral role in the education and knowledge of upcoming events and trends in their community.

Shine is that light within you. It motivates us and it brightens our path. When we are down, afraid or experiencing unknown territory, it is what you say to yourself (your beliefs and thoughts) that determines if your light will stay bright or fade. 

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announced last Wednesday during a press conference to industry media that the organization will consolidate its three major annual events to one location over a four-day period in October, and will call it, “The Best of HFTP.” 

2020 is a year like no other — at least we hope so. At the end of 2019, who could have imagined what would happen to our industry. Smart hoteliers were planning for the possibility of a small downturn. Smarter hoteliers were considering how to steal share before a downturn took hold. Either way, a global pandemic was not in anyone’s plans.



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Obtain an Updated SSL Certificate to Boost Your Website's Traffic

09/12/2018
by Nimesh Dinubhai
The competition between hotels and the OTAs has never been higher. Travelers prefer to book their stays through online as it is a convenient way of booking. That's why, it becomes very crucial for every hotel owner to own a website. By owning a site, you can encourage tourists to book your rooms from any part of the world. However, most internet-savvy people are cognizant and apprehensive of a potential data breach.

Keeping this issue in mind, the major search engine Google has come up with a significant update for the users of Chrome. Websites having SSL certificates will be marked as secured. This update is significant for all sites, but for a website collecting sensitive data, such as credit card information, passwords or personal data. 
 
If you don't have an up-to-date SSL certificate on your hotel site, then it may impact your bookings. Google Chrome will display a 'not secure' status in the address bar. It will be a warning for guests that your website is not safe for browsing. As the result, it may reduce inquiries, traffic and potentially drop online bookings. 
 
What is an SSL Certificate – Exactly? 
 
SSL (or Secure Socket Layer) is a kind of security protocol which encrypts the data which is being sent between server and computer. The information can be the user's password, credit card details, email or home address. With this certificate, you can make your website 100 percent secured and ensure your customers that your website is secured. Just by checking the browser's address bar your customers will know that your site has an up-to-date SSL certificate. 
 
But how to make sure that a site is fully secured? If a site is secured with an SSL certificate, the Chrome browser will show a green padlock icon in the address bar. However, if it shows a red padlock icon, it means that you have a broken or outdated certificate. What's more, an info icon will be displayed, if there is no certificate on the website. 
 
Significance of Having an SSL Certificate
 
By having this certificate, the website owner can avail a host of benefits:
 
Get higher ranking of your website in search engines
Drive uninterrupted traffic to the site
Give great satisfaction to your customers
Enjoy more online bookings
Earn higher revenue
 
Where to Get an SSL Certificate? 
 
Presently, there are hosting providers available all over the world to help webmasters obtain an SSL certificate. So, if you don't have SSL setup yet, you should approach a hosting provider. To obtain the certificate, you will pay an annual fee. Once you pay the fees, the issuing authority will verify your business identity. The first step is to approach a trusted hosting provider. 
About The Author
Nimesh Dinubhai
President
Websrefresh


Nimesh Dinubhai completed his studies in 2003 and launched Websrefresh to help businesses grow their ROI. He also owns two Arizona hotels, one of which earned the Historical Hotel Award in 2014.

 
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