The novelty of technological innovations has become a necessity in hotel operations and shaping the new normal in hospitality. Incorporating advanced technology to strengthen customer confidence while safeguarding employees’ health and mitigating losses during this recovery stage. Smart hotel technology empowers hotel operations in navigating the uncertain turbulence of the year 2022 and beyond. Let’s look at a few possibilities in how smart technology adaptation matters:
Contactless experiences all the way
The post-pandemic effects have reshaped hospitality and heightened customer expectations to the extent that the “same old days” experience might not cut it for them. Especially post COVID-19 pandemic has multiplied the difficulties in the hotel sector, leaving the hospitality professionals with questions about how to upgrade their technology stacks while dealing with the current crisis.
Contactless technology has firstly introduced a decade ago it’s nothing new, just staying low-key all this time. The emerging technology has recently gained momentum in both the public and private sectors and is widely accepted in hospitality and tourism. Transforming the hospitality standard into a complete contactless experience from check-in/to check-out, ordering food and room services on the guest app, facial recognition payment, etc. to execute all relevant tasks without physical contact with hotel employees, reducing the risk of exposure to undesirable infection in this “sensitive” era.
According to Skift’s report, 26% of customers extremely agreed and 45% favorably agreed that they preferred to stay at hotels providing self-service options to avoid direct physical contact with hotel staff. This opened up the customers’ acceptance of the technology adaption in the hotel sector.
Up to 80% would download the hotel app to proceed with check-in / check-out and receive the latest promotional information and notifications (based on the Criton Hospitality Survey). The majority of guests (62%) have been looking forward to using digital hotel room keys and communicating/ordering room services, and housekeeping through the hotel apps, while 30% would love to proceed with them on the hotel website, and 8% would carry these out the traditional way.
The above statistics have spoken for themselves on the important role of smart technology in today’s hotels’ operations. It gradually has become the business core value, essential criteria for guest accommodation choice. This might be the hotel management software to help optimize the hotel’s operations with ease. With CiHMS – the complete hospitality management solution, streamline hotel procedures from the front desk to housekeeping, monitor individual tasks right at your dashboard within your fingertip, and improve your guest’s experiences simultaneously at their very first stay.
Better guest communication
Generating all guests’ data, including guest preferences, habits, purchased packages, etc., storing them on your system for further analysis. For instance, guest A always orders an extra pillow for his sleep comfort, guest B loves a king-size bed instead of a queen, etc. In their next stay, offer these adjustments ahead.
Personalizing guests’ experience shows that your hotel “do care” about your customer, you remember them perfectly, and always looking forward to welcoming them back. Giving them a sense of familiarity, hospitality, and empathy. It gives your employees the confidence to communicate with guests openly on a much more personal level.
Communication goes both ways. Two-way communication involves receiving feedback from your customers as well. According to Zingle, only 25% of customers would submit feedback only if their experiences have been affected negatively, only 42% would come back to give hotels the second chance to make up for their previous worst experience. How to get it done fairly comfortable for your guests to freely send out constructive feedback in time and retent your customer without losing them forever?
The digital world has come in as a rescuer for such circumstances. We all can easily find a deliberate version of ourselves online. Taking the advantage of social media messenger integration via Open API, communication to your guests through one of these tools can easily be applied, an open communication gateway for your guests to share their difficulties and unfortunate occurrence with you immediately. From there, quick actions and crisis resolution can help to put all your guests’ problems behind, exceed their expectations, and ensure to meet your guests’ satisfaction before they leave. Add in a touch of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technology to differentiate your hotel marketing and improve guests’ experience during their stay.
Unlocking your employees’ full potential
Technology does not only close the gap between guests and hotels but is also a middle man bridging the void among hotel departments, making sure all procedures are in check and intact. The hospitality management solution allows hoteliers to monitor hotel operations easily, hotel room status is synchronized across the system. Instead of the traditional phone call to get the status updated, now can be seen directly on the CiHMS dashboard, helping to streamline and speed up all departments’ processes smoothly, and kick up hotel employees’ performance up a notch.
Also cutting down the excessive timeline in doing these manually. Taking the time in delivering exceptional customer service, and shift the focus on the guests – is an important factor in the hospitality industry.
The backbone hotel’s development platform
A direct booking portal via the hotel’s website or through OTAs distribution channels increases brands’ awareness, making your brand “discoverable” while approaching your target audiences naturally. These technological tools assist your hotel in better maximizing your hotel room occupancy and avoiding the under/over-booking common situation.
The detailed reports with real-time statistics allow hotel managers to make strategic decisions at the right time. AI technology also powers up precise allotment planning and forecast room plans to ensure revenue stabilizing throughout the low-peak periods. Keep hotels stay proactive instead of “inactively” reacting to the overload high peak season.
Undeniably, the power of technology has catalyzed hotel operations to breakthroughs and advance along the side. Catching up with the current technology innovations might be challenging but blissful in return with all the benefits and conveniences it brings along. Utilizing technology in hotel operations with a decent hospitality management solution, like CiHMS is the key to starting their hotel recovery in this new normal post-COVID-19 pandemic at a much faster pace, gaining a competitive advantage against other competitors.