Let’s start off with the obvious – group and corporate business are down. Especially for dense urban markets, where RevPAR remains down by 80% compared to 2019, when corporate business made up 50% of this segment’s demand.
COVID-19 has accelerated a few foreseeable changes that the service industry expected for the future. For example, more consumers want delivery service since the pandemic hit in March. Restaurants, hotels, airlines, retailers, and shopping malls have extended their current contactless self-service offerings through mobile apps, kiosks, facial recognition, and palm recognition technologies.
As 2020 comes to a close, a year that has thrown curveball after curveball at the hospitality industry, the need to keep staff and guests safe has become a top priority for hoteliers. Prioritizing the need to provide a safe environment, and be able to prove that it is safe to staff and guests, will have a lasting impact on hotel management, operational teams, and employees.
The past year has brought many unforeseen challenges to the hospitality sector. Hotel and restaurant operators have employed creative solutions to remain profitable despite dining area restrictions and changes to how food is prepared.
Housekeeping is one of the most expensive departments in a hotel. But, it is also one of the departments which completes some of the most impactful work in a hotel. Guests immediately notice when rooms aren’t clean, and they aren’t shy about letting hoteliers know.
Consider a time you thought of a hotel stay as extraordinary. What made your experience so memorable? Was it the moment you approached the front desk, where a friendly bellman carried your bags? Or was it the simplicity and comfort of your room? This stay could have also been more memorable because of the technology utilized by staff to communicate reservation updates via SMS or live chat.
The latest edition of the Pulse Report, which tracks data from October 19 to November 1, shows a slowdown in web traffic, pick up and pace across most markets, with Europe suffering consequences of an increase in COVID cases and a second lockdown in several countries.
Dear hoteliers, Today, we are going to talk about the Unified Data Repository, also called UDR or Data Management Platform by our Anglo-Saxon friends. If you don't know what this is all about, don't panic! The subject is really in its infancy in the hotel world.
Last week, INTELITY CEO Robert Stevenson interviewed THE GEORGE Director of Operations Kerrie Hunter about her property’s experience during and after the COVID window—and how technology has played an essential role in their success.
For many hotels, simply keeping their doors open has proved a challenge as they have been forced to deal with the fallout from COVID-19 and the halting of travel worldwide. With many staff members furloughed or laid off, hoteliers have needed to adapt and find a way to do more with less.