AI Applications in the hospitality
If we have briefly talked about AI technology in hospitality in the previous blog, in today’s blog we shall be digging a bit deeper into how AI application in the hospitality industry and its potential to manage hotel operations efficiently.
Robots in the move
The majority of robots in use today are performing human tasks precisely, especially after the pandemic outbreaks to reduce unnecessary physical contact to a minimum and ensure guests stay safe and secured while keeping the current labor force at bay. Vietnam has only applied robotic technology to the manufacturing industry and is skeptical of the service industry, plus the initial upfront investment in robotic technology ain’t nowhere near affordable. Hence, putting robots into your business daily practice eventually gains competitive advantages over your competitors. Guests shall be curious enough to find the need in visiting your hotels and try out your services, boosting your revenues and profits tremendously.
In-room voice assistant
We all might have been familiar with voice recognition technology such as Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa – the virtual assistants developed by Amazon, which have been making life at home a lot more comfortable: from browsing the web, weather, checking the time, setting timers, turning on TVs, changing the light brightness level to just about anything you can imagine. Bringing voice assistance technology into the hotel room to enhance guest in-room experiences significantly.
According to a recent study from Juniper Research, it shows 8.4 billion mobile users shall be interacting with the virtual voice assistant in the year 2024. This technology plays an important role in connecting hotel employees with their guests. Simply input their requests via the in-room virtual assistant integrated equipment. Thanks to AI technology, these virtual assistants can communicate and confirm guests’ requests before filing them onto the system to get them to queue up.
Once successfully filing these requests, the virtual assistant shall be following through with a set of procedures given by the hospitality management solution, like CiHMS. The request then gets filtered and direct to the related department to be carried out promptly. It cuts down the human labors time in delegating tasks, communications, and more. You’ll be surprised how easily these tasks get sorted out.
Room occupancy maximization
Thanks to the support of AI technology, the room rate, and room management can easily be solved, such as Insufficient room inventories and unable to optimize room occupancy to an optimum rate due to an overhauled reservation system. With machine-learning ability, AI can help hotels to be in control of targeting the ideal audiences, arrange the room reservations adequately, limit the time gap between two bookings of the same room, and lower the risk of having an empty room stand-by. Mobile friendly allows housekeeping staff to attend to room service requests quickly as soon as the guests are checking out, and update the room status simultaneously across the system easily with the cloud-based hospitality management solution, like CiHMS.
Optimize room rate and room occupancy forecast
Marketing and Sales Departments can quickly get the promotional campaign, available discounts for membership, etc on the hotel management system. The hospitality management solution integrated with AI technology shall automatically detect the price pattern, and match it with current hotel operations and labor force to start “learning” the hotel inside and out to have a hotel room occupancy forecast ahead of time. It allows the system to come up with a strategic operations plan based on the data analyzed from the campaign, and suggest the optimum room rate for guests. The system can also recommend a proper advertising campaign on social networks, one of the surging and well-loved trends in hospitality, to target and convert potential leads into actual customers.
Reports regarding room rate management generated from the machine-learn process of the AI technology can easily be found in the complete hospitality management solution, such as CiHMS. For instance, once in a while, your guests are in need of postponing their reservation due to whatever personal reason it might be, either their flights are delayed or canceled from bad weather, as soon as you update this information onto the hotel PMS, the room status shall be synchronized across the system, as well as on OTA channels. AI technology lets the hotel run short promotion packages for these outstanding rooms on all booking platforms, search engines, social networks, etc. to get this room filled as soon as possible. Make sure no room is left vacant while maximizing hotel revenue at its best.
Be in check with the room rate strategy from the competitors, monitor your hotel pricing plan, and catch up with the trends to optimize your room occupancy and rate effectively, all thanks to the artificial intelligence found in the powerful Room Rate Management System within our cloud-based hospitality management solution CiHMS.
Personalize guest experiences
Integrating the AI in the hotel management system shall enable customers’ data such as their spending preferences and behaviors during their stay to be stored and analyzed by a set of algorithms. It may recommend guests to take a questionnaire or survey, collecting an adequate amount of information to gather customer insights and use them to deliver an exceptional personalized guest experience in their next stay like: suggest appropriate room packages within their financial budget, favorite value-added services, meal plans and more. The customers feel appreciated and well taken care of, while hoteliers can maximize their profits by successful upsell and cross-sell without being oversold.
Applying AI technology in the hospitality industry now can be found in leading hospitality management solutions on the market, like CiHMS. Be up with the innovative technology on the market and customers’ expectations set your hotels apart from the others. A step up with a future trend, and a step closer to a smart hotel model.