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Supplier News 2 June 2020

Bartech Addresses the Post-COVID Hotel Environment with Launch of Minibar+ for Remote Operation and Control

New application seamlessly upgrades Bartech manual minibars with semi-automatic functionality, adding centralized operation, cost control and enhanced safety

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Las Vegas - Bartech, a Las Vegas-based provider of automatic, profit-generating minibar solutions for the global hospitality industry, has unveiled Minibar+, an innovative solution that enhances Bartech's manual minibars with semi-automatic functionality. Simple to set up and implement, Minibar+ is a "plug and play" solution that is available as a downloadable application, easily adding semi-automatic functionality to Bartech's manual units to give hotel operators the ability to control key functions of these devices without having to set foot in the guestroom.

As the industry becomes more "guestroom-centric" with hotel guests avoiding common areas like restaurants and bars, the in-room F&B offering is expected to be a more central aspect of the stay experience. To address that need, Bartech's Minibar+ supports hoteliers by creating guestroom-based profit centers using manual minibars or dry goods display units with sealed, pre-packaged goods, and allows remote monitoring and control of the units, allowing minimized guest contact.

"There is a current focus on increased cleaning standards, which requires housekeeping to thoroughly clean and sanitize high touchpoints in the guestroom," said Bruno Agrario, VP of Sales and Marketing at Bartech. "Our new Minibar+ has the ability to monitor in real time if a guest has opened a minibar, which can determine whether or not an internal cleaning is required. Eliminating the need to enter a room to check whether the minibar has been opened allows hoteliers to avoid unnecessary entries by staff."

In addition to assisting with the protection of guest health and wellbeing, Minibar+ also allows hoteliers to control costs by providing the ability to adjust internal temperatures remotely using tablets or smartphones. In this way, properties can adjust their energy consumption based on occupancy, prevent refrigerators from running at night, or automatically set the devices to shut down during pre-set periods of low occupancy.

Minibar+ provides a number of other unique features also, including the ability to remotely lock and unlock minibars individually or by floor, reducing staff and guest pilferage, and allowing hoteliers to offer higher quality items in the guestroom. Maintenance staff can also schedule defrost timing remotely.

"A well-run minibar operation has always been one of the most profitable departments in the hotel. During the current crisis, the minbar will become even more essential," continued Agrario. "Minibar+ will galvanize the minibar market by giving hoteliers untethered control over their manual minibars. With social distancing likely to remain a societal norm for some time, guestroom amenities are sure to experience a renaissance. It's up to hotel operators to provide a quality stay experience, even if a guest never ventures out of their guestroom, and Minibar+ exists to make that possible."

For more information on the Bartech Minibar+ or other Bartech minibar solutions, please visit www.bartech.com.

About Bartech

For nearly 30 years, Bartech has been a pioneer and a leader in the field of minibar design and technology for the global hospitality industry. Since introducing the world's first open-display automatic minibar, Bartech has developed a stellar reputation as the provider of the industry's most powerful and sophisticated solutions to manage hotel minibar operations.

With hundreds of thousands of minibars installed in more than 85 countries, Bartech has been selected by many of the most prestigious hotel chains and independent properties worldwide. With an in-house R&D department and worldwide customer support, Bartech is dedicated to continuously enhancing product design, software and system integration with the latest technologies, in order to meet the growing needs of the industry for increased profit and efficiency. For more information, please visit www.bartech.com.

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