February 5, 2013

In this issue…

People on the Move

Guest Management Systems

Reservations

Marketing / Management

Revenue Management

Sales & Catering, Meeting Planning

F&B / POS

Guest Services

Back Office

Communications / Infrastructure

JANUARY 23 – FEBRUARY 5, 2013

TOP O’ THE NEWS

  • L2’s Digital IQ Index: Hotels ranks digital competency of 57 chains: many making good progress, some slipping behind
  • Hospitality companies’ job growth adding significantly to the economic recovery

L2’s third annual Digital IQ Index: Hotels report evaluating the digital competency of 57 hotel chains highlights the significant benefits open to those who take full advantage of travelers’ soaring interest in mobile devices, on-line reviews, mobile booking and the richness of interactive, video-filled sites. L2 graded hotels’ efforts from Genius to Feeble; W Hotels was the only brand in the Genius category, followed by 21 ranked as Gifted. The lower grades were Average (12 brands), Challenged (21) and Feeble (2). Each chain’s Web site accounted for 40% of its ranking, its Digital Marketing efforts for 30%, Mobile for 20% and Social Media for 10%.
The challenges of keeping up in this fast-changing arena are shown by last year’s three Genius brands slipping to Gifted status this year (W was ranked as Gifted last year). There is overall improvement, though, as the Gifted category increased from 11 last year to 21 this and Average dropped from last year’s 20 to 12. However, more chains are “Challenged” (up from 16 last year) and there are still 2 in the Feeble category. L2 comments that those in the lower rankings are not necessarily doing anything wrong, but they are clearly missing out on significant opportunities to reach and appeal to their guests.
Given that L2 also draws a direct correlation between a brand’s Digital IQ growth and the rise in its stock price, shareholders might also be missing out.
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There’s been a lot of discussion about how the economy seems to be on a slow but steady recovery, and the hotel industry has certainly been experiencing better times lately.  A recent article in “Inc.” magazine emphasized the largely unrecognized contribution that the hospitality industry is making to the recovery through increased hiring, in that four hospitality companies are included in its survey of the top 100 companies for job creation from 2008 to 2011.
Kudos, therefore, to developer OTO Development/Palmetto Hospitality Funds (#37), and to First Hospitality Group (#50), Richfield Hospitality (#51) and TravelClick (#78).
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

  • Alan Young hired by TrustYou as VP of Strategic Partnerships
  • Ed Watkins joins HotelNewsNow as Editor at Large
  • Patrick Lewis joins Swisscom Hospitality Services as Director of Solutions Architecture
  • Greg Wutzke hired by Swisscom Hospitality Services as Director of Business Development
  • Alberto Santana promoted to VP Latin American Sales at Newmarket
  • John Neeley promoted to VP information technology at Outrigger
  • Mike Montemurro joins Vacation StoreBuilder as COO
  • Anil Aggarwal named by HSMAI as one of Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • Michael Cohen joins OpenWays as SVP Business Development – Hospitality/North America
  • Olivier Hennion to head Quadriga Morocco
  • Rick Binford joins The ACTIVE Network as VP Strategic Marketplace Development

Alan Young has been hired by online reputation management vendor TrustYou as its VP of Strategic Partnerships. Mr. Young, who will be based in Ontario, Canada, brings three decades of industry experience, most recently as VP Field Marketing for Infor and earlier as VP, Product Management, Product Marketing and Marketing for Infor Hospitality. He had earlier served in a variety of executive positions and advisory roles at companies such as Apical Resource Group, IBS Software Services, Hotel Booking Solutions Incorporated, Hotel Information Systems and others, including his own consulting company.
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Ed Watkins has joined HotelNewsNow as Editor at Large. Mr. Watkins brings long experience in covering the hospitality industry as editor of Lodging Hospitality magazine and from serving an overall 39 years with Penton Media.
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Patrick Lewis has joined Swisscom Hospitality Services as a Director of Solutions Architecture. Mr. Lewis has extensive hospitality networking and applications experience with Lorica Solutions and XETA Technologies, among others.
Greg Wutzke has been hired by Swisscom Hospitality Services as a Director of Business Development. Mr. Wutzke brings long experience in HSIA, video and converged networks, including nearly 12 years with Guest-Tek Interactive.
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Alberto Santana has been promoted to the new role of Vice President of Latin American Sales at Newmarket International. Mr. Santana will also continue to oversee all global sales activities as well as business development for the MTech division of Newmarket; he was VP Global Sales for MTech when it was acquired by Newmarket.
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John Neeley has been promoted to vice president of information technology at Outrigger Enterprises Group.  Mr. Neeley started working for Outrigger in 1991 as a programmer analyst, and has served as director of systems and programming for the past eight years. Prior to joining Outrigger he held several IT posts with Bank of Hawaii and GTE Hawaiian Telephone, as well as adjunct teaching assignments at Hawaii Pacific University.
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Mike Montemurro has joined Vacation StoreBuilder, provider of a Software-as-a-Service ecommerce platform for the vacation rental industry, as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Montemurro was most recently Senior Vice President of Product Management Strategy at Pegasus Solutions, and earlier led the Reservations and Distribution business at TravelClick. He also headed the distribution product business for Galileo International.
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Anil Aggarwal, CEO of Milestone Internet Marketing, has been named by The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) as one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing for 2012. Mr. Aggarwahl has been with Milestone for over seven years; he was earlier President and CEO of Zeevo, and served five years with VLSI as Marketing Manager.
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Michael Cohen has joined OpenWays as Senior Vice President Business Development – Hospitality/North America. Mr. Cohen brings extensive experience in the hospitality technology industry, as well as Internet, digital imaging and enterprise security solutions sectors. He previously served as a senior sales and business development management executive at AT&T, Superclick Networks and PrinterOn, as a management consultant to firms such as Microsoft, and as an international technology commercialization manager for the Korean Ministry of Information Technology.
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Olivier Hennion has returned to Quadriga to head Quadriga Morocco, a new division established to support its client Accor’s business in North Africa and as a base for the expansion of Quadriga’s own activities. Mr. Hennion has a strong background in IPTV and network consulting in the hospitality sector, most recently as Managing Director of IT Hospitality S.A. in Casablanca. He had previously served as Managing Partner at Edge Interactive S.A.R.L., also in Casablanca, in senior business development and sales positions during six years with LOCATEL in Paris, and for six years as Area Sales Manager for Quadriga Worldwide in Paris.
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Rick Binford has joined The ACTIVE Network as Vice President, Strategic Marketplace Development. With over 20 years’ experience in the meetings and events industry, Mr. Binford most recently served as President of the Event Management Services division at Experient, which he joined in 1999. He had earlier held CEO and COO roles in destination marketing organizations and senior sales and marketing roles with both Northwest Airlines and Republic Airlines.
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GUEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

  • Indra introduces integrated, all-in-one Travel Management Suite to U.S. hotels
  • MICROS launches SiteMinder RDX-based MICROS Channel Manager in Asia Pacific
  • Adelaide Shores chooses protel’s Multi Property Edition PMS
  • TTI Technologies International appoints Aero Information Technology its reseller in Oman
  • OKKO HOTELS  to use hetras hotel management software in all current and future hotels
  • MSI integrates Digital Alchemy’s CRM services with NovaPLUS
  • Indigo Sky Casino and Hotel picks Agilysys’ LMS, InfoGenesis and Stratton Warren
  • Vallarta Gardens implements SPI Software’s Orange Version 7

Indra introduced its integrated, all-in-one Travel Management Suite to U.S. hotels. A full ERP for hospitality, TMS is built on the SAP platform and can be hosted in the cloud or on-premise. The system is modular; each module is also available individually as a stand-alone entity. The suite includes:
– TMS for Hotels (PMS, POS, CRS, CRO, Spa and more)
– TMS for Web (website development and content management/booking engine/mobile solutions)
– TMS for Analytics (forecasting, budgeting and reporting)
– TMS for CRM
– TMS for ERP (financial accounting, supply chain management, workforce management and more)
– TMS for Connectivity (third party distribution sales channels)
(www.indracompany.com)
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MICROS announced the launch of MICROS Channel Manager in the Asia Pacific region. Based on SiteMinder’s Room Distribution Exchange (RDX) direct connectivity platform, MICROS’ Channel Manager provides 2-way connectivity between over 130 online booking channels and MICROS’ OPERA, ORS and myfidelio.net products. (www.rdxglobal.com, www.micros.com)
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Adelaide Shores has chosen protel’s Multi Property Edition PMS system from XN Australia, together with POS XMS, the Xn globalRES distribution platform and an interface to the Boomgate Barrier Control System. The property, on Adelaide’s West Beach in South Australia, includes 610 accommodation units, golf, boating, cafe and dining venues, skate & BMX park and sports grounds. (www.adelaideshores.com.au, www.xnhotels.com)
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TTI Technologies International has appointed Aero Information Technology, LLC as its reseller in Oman and provider of sales and service support in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Aero Technology was established in 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. (http://aero-technology.me/corporate, www.ttitel.com)
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OKKO HOTELS has signed an agreement to use hetras cloud-based hotel management software in all of its current and future hotels. OKKO has also contracted Swisscom Hospitality to manage its on-site infrastructure and Pepper Cube to manage its website. The first OKKO property, an 80 room hotel in Nantes due to open in October 2013, will be followed by hotels in Lyon, Grenoble, Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison, Strasbourg and further locations. (www.okkohotels.com, www.hetras.com)
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Multi-Systems, Inc. (MSI) has added seamless integration between its NovaPLUS guest management system and Digital Alchemy’s CRM services. The first properties to deploy the integration are the 65-room Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel in Sedona and the 110-room Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. (www.Data2Gold.com, www.msisolutions.com)
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The Indigo Sky Casino and Hotel in Wyandotte, Okla., has selected Agilysys’ Lodging Management System (LMS), InfoGenesis POS and Stratton Warren System inventory and procurement software. The 117-room property is owned and managed by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. (www.indigoskycasino.com, www.agilysys.com)
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Vallarta Gardens, north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has implemented SPI Software’s Orange Version 7 Enterprise system for management of its shared ownership marketing, sales, property management, finance, maintenance fee and receivables servicing, centralized reservations and web site access. (www.vallartagardens.com, www.spiinc.com)
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RESERVATIONS

  • InnLink integrates RateGain’s PriceGain rate intelligence
  • HotelSwaps launches network for hotels to exchange unused rooms for use as staff incentives
  • Travelport completes GDS interface with Carlson Rezidor’s Curtis-C CRS
  • Travel Tripper launches Reporting Suite interactive reporting tool for RezTrip CRS
  • AM:PM Hotels adds interactive mapping to AM:PM Hotel Database of supply/pipeline data
  • Park Hotel Group picks Sabre for reservations services for ten hotels
  • Sama-Sama KL International Airport hotel signs with Pegasus for distribution and reservation services

InnLink has integrated RateGain’s PriceGain rate intelligence software into its CRS. (www.rategain.com, www.travlynx.com )
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HotelSwaps has launched a worldwide membership network which allows hotel owners and managers to exchange their unused hotel rooms with other hotel members around the world for staff reward, incentive and training purposes. Hotels deposit room nights during periods of their choice in exchange for points, which can be transferred to high-performing employees to exchange for free hotel stays. (www.hotelswaps.com)
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Travelport has completed an interface between its GDSs and Carlson Rezidor’s Curtis-C central reservations system using Travelport’s Hotel XML Supplier Link technology. (www.carlsonrezidor.com, www.travelport.com)
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Travel Tripper has launched an interactive reporting tool, Reporting Suite, for its RezTrip CRS. The Reporting Suite analyzes reservations data from the web booking engine, mobile booking engine, call center, GDSs and online travel agencies. Key features include:
– Reports including rate plan, rate type, room type, DPR, lead time, channel, geography, and time period analysis.
– Various dimension analysis including room revenue, add-on revenue, tax, total revenue, number of reservations, room nights, ADR, LOS, and revenue contribution
– Different chart styles
– Data in interactive tabular form
– Export capability
The tool is currently in beta test. (www.traveltripper.com)
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AM:PM Hotels has added fully interactive mapping to its AM:PM Hotel Database, a source of supply and pipeline hotel data for the UK & Ireland. (www.ampmhotels.com)
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Park Hotel Group has chosen Sabre Hospitality Solutions for reservations services, and to launch its “PG” GDS chain code. The Group currently manages ten properties across three countries in the Asia-Pacific region. (www.parkhotelgroup.com, www.sabrehospitality.com)
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The Sama-Sama KL International Airport hotel at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has signed with Pegasus Solutions for distribution and reservation services, including online and mobile site design and booking services from Pegasus’ Open Hospitality division. The 442 room hotel is undergoing an extensive renovation, due to be completed this March, and is connected to the airport via skybridge. (www.samasamahotels.com, www.pegs.com)
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MARKETING / MANAGEMENT

  • Olery joins OpeNER project for culturally-normalized, multilingual Sentiment Analysis and Named Entity Recognition
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa awarded Bronze HSMAI Adrian Award for new Web site
  • Digital Alchemy recognized with Silver Adrian Award for iNeed mobile concierge

Olery, a provider of reputation management software, has joined OpeNER, a European research project on the creation of base technologies for culturally-normalized, multilingual Sentiment Analysis and Named Entity Recognition. The OpeNER (Open Polarity Enhanced Named Entity Recognition) project started in July 2012 and will last for two years. Other members include Vicomtech–IK4, VU University Amsterdam, Synthema, University of Basque Country and the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The initial target languages are Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian, English and French. (www.olery.com)
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The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has been awarded a Bronze HSMAI Adrian Award for digital marketing excellence for its new website. (www.grandtraverseresort.com)
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Digital Alchemy has been recognized by the HSMAI with a Silver Adrian Award for Digital Marketing Excellence for its iNeed on-site mobile concierge application. (www.data2gold.com)
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REVENUE MANAGEMENT

  • Silken Hotels signs with SiteMinder for 33 hotels across Spain
  • Macdonald Hotels & Resorts picks SiteMinder for more than 45 hotels across the UK
  • MICROS launches SiteMinder RDX-based Channel Manager in Asia Pacific
  • HBSi allies with CHINAonline to offer global network
  • eRevMax International re-launches SimpleDistribution entry-level channel management product
  • Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda implements IDeaS’ RMS

Silken Hotels has signed with SiteMinder for connectivity and distribution services for its 33 hotels across Spain, integrated with its Opera Central Reservation System.
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has signed with SiteMinder for distribution services for its more than 45 hotels across the UK, interfaced with its Opera ORS central reservations system and IDeaS Revenue Management System.
MICROS announced the launch of MICROS Channel Manager in the Asia Pacific region. Based on SiteMinder’s Room Distribution Exchange (RDX) direct connectivity platform, MICROS’ Channel Manager provides 2-way connectivity between over 130 online booking channels and MICROS’ OPERA, ORS and myfidelio.net products.
(www.hoteles-silken.com, www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk, www.rdxglobal.com, www.micros.com, www.siteminder.com)
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HBSi has formed an alliance with CHINAonline to offer a global network representing access to 65,000+ properties and 150+ leading distribution channels. CHINAonline’s on-line distribution switch and channel management interface with many PMS/CRS applications, including the MICROS Fidelio product suite, Shiji PMS, FOXHIS, etc. (www.chinaonline.net.cn, www.hotelbookingsolutions.com)
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eRevMax International has re-launched its SimpleDistribution entry-level channel management product, which uses RateTiger technology to help hotels optimize rates across third-party channels. The update comes with a new user interface and features including Hot dates, updates for 31 days, immediate Close-out and re-open for availability and immediate update notification. Hotels can now view and update their rates and availability on multiple OTA sites and improve direct sales using a simple dashboard. (www.simpledistribution.com)
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The Lefay Resort & SPA Lago Di Garda,  Gargnano, Italy, is implementing IDeaS’ Revenue Management System (RMS). (www.lefayresorts.com, www.ideas.com)
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SALES & CATERING, MEETING PLANNING

  • Benchmark announces Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2013
  • Westin Bonaventure picks PSAV Presentation Services as event technology partner
  • Sabre develops Passkey interface for SynXis
  • Elite Meetings International reports over 3 million room nights submitted via its SpeedRFP in 2012
  • The Knowland Group launches multi-property, user-based permission groups for Target Net

Benchmark Hotels & Resorts has announced the “Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2013″ as reported by its 39 properties.
#1: Steady As She Goes …
Meeting demand is improving at an encouraging pace, giving a positive outlook for 2013 but with caution over long term meeting commitments.
#2: Rates Are On The Rise …
Group rates are advancing commensurately, depending on the location and the market, though meeting planners are still in the driver’s seat.
#3:  Customization is expected…
Meeting planners want the Complete Meeting Package to now mean “customized meeting package”.  Gone are the days when a CMP was one size fits all.
#4: The Pace Is Promising!
Booking pace is encouraging nationwide for 2013 and for 2014.
#5:  Wireless EVERYTHING!
Electronic tablets are replacing note pads & pens as the preferred means of taking notes, requiring multiple charging stations. Meetings are increasingly active with texting and tweeting exchanges with meeting-related content.
#6: Healthy F&B…
Although the Danish trays are still emptied daily, meeting attendees are demanding healthy, gluten free, sustainable cuisine and refreshment break selections, even an authentic local culinary experience.
#7: Higher Security, Smaller Rooms…
Today’s technology and competitive business environment bring a stronger need for secure environments when conducting business and learning off site.  Demand for smaller rooms is also increasing.
#8: Teambuilding Continues Trending Upward…
After years of postponed meetings companies are using teambuilding to revive enthusiasm.  Not so much with ropes and obstacle courses, but more with scavenger hunts, group fitness runs, competitive bowling and culinary cook-offs.
#9: Meeting Planners are Busier…
Fewer have planning as their primary function and so have less time to be educated and even less patience to wait for a response. Communicate with them accordingly via RFP, e-mails and texting.
#10: Hot Business Segments…
Are education (particularly engineering & technology), medical, bio tech, high tech, new media, association, not-for-profits, financial services and the incentive segment. Not hot: government related business.
Bonus Trend: Value, Value, Value…
Plenty to do on property for attendees, up to date fitness & recreation and strong WIFI signals throughout are all expected today.  Social responsibility and sustainability are important, but not game changers – they’re a part of the mix and not an end in themselves.
(www.benchmarkhospitality.com)
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The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles has chosen PSAV Presentation Services as its event technology partner. The property features 110,000 square feet of meeting space, including 35 event rooms. (www.thebonaventure.com, www.psav.com)
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Sabre Hospitality Solutions has developed a Passkey interface with its SynXis Central Reservation System, allowing group reservations booked through Passkey’s GroupMAX platform to be delivered to a hotel’s guest management system electronically. The interface is based on OpenTravel XML specifications and allows reservations to be sent directly and securely to hotels in compliance with PCI standards. Details sent include all guest information, additional names and guarantee/credit card details; GroupMAX is automatically updated with the actual hotel confirmation number.   (www.sabrehospitality.com, www.passkey.com)
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Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced that over 3 million room nights were submitted via its SpeedRFP in 2012, representing more than $1.1 billion in potential revenue. (www.SpeedRFP.com)
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The Knowland Group has launched multi-property, user-based permission groups for its Target Net application, allowing sales and catering staff to have complete, limited or no access permissions to other hotel bookings based on booking status, hotel groups, user role and other parameters. (www.Knowland.com)
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F&B/POINT OF SALE

  • Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK deploying MICROS’ Simphony enterprise POS
  • OpenTable acquires Foodspotting
  • ReServe Interactive to release Table iQ table management app for tablets
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Global Gaming Solutions’ Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK is deploying MICROS Systems’ cloud-based Simphony enterprise POS system. The implementation covers 41 revenue centers and includes Mobile MICROS on Tablet Workstations for VIP Suite Ordering, and MICROS iCare Gift and Payment; it is due to be completed by the end of March 2013 and will be hosted in MICROS’ Data Center. (www.globalgamingsol.com, www.micros.com)
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OpenTable has acquired Foodspotting, a mobile app for finding and sharing food dishes at restaurants. It plans to maintain the Foodspotting site and mobile apps on a standalone basis. (www.opentable.com)
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ReServe Interactive announced plans to release Table iQ, a table management application for Apple and other tablet devices. Table iQ will allow users to add guests to a reservation waitlist, page and seat guests and monitor table status, and will operate standalone or integrated with both the ReServe Interactive Dining Reservation & Table Management software system and ReServe Q online reservation software. (www.reserveinteractive.com)
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GUEST SERVICES

  • Roomlinx now has 1,000 TVs providing HD Interactive TV via 802.11n dual band 5Ghz networks
  • Therme Geinberg Spa resort selects Quadriga’s QValet on iPads for all 21 new villas

Roomlinx announced the successful implementation Roomlinx iTV over an HSIA (High Speed Internet Access ) network, and now has approximately 1,000 TV units providing high definition Interactive TV via the Roomlinx designed and installed 802.11n dual band 5Ghz networks. (www.roomlinx.com)
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The Therme Geinberg Spa resort in Austria selected Quadriga’s QValet for all 21 new spa villas, which opened in October 2012. All units are equipped with iPads preloaded with QValet, a mobile service providing interactive access to information about the resort and its surroundings and the ability to purchase food and beverage and other hotel-specific services. (www.therme-geinberg.at, www.quadriga.com)
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BACK OFFICE

  • Marina Bay Sands, Singapore picks Optii Keeper housekeeping management software
  • Four Winds Casinos selects InvoTech Systems’ RFID Multi-Property Uniform Tracking System
  • UniFocus announces new generation of integrated Labor Management System dashboards

The 2,561-room Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore has selected Optii Solutions’ Optii Keeper software for its housekeeping department. (www.marinabaysands.com, www.optiisolutions.com)
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Four Winds Casinos has selected InvoTech Systems’ RFID Multi-Property Uniform Tracking System and White Conveyors’ U-Pick-It delivery system to deliver over 10,000 uniforms automatically to its employees. The system is installed at the Four Winds New Buffalo and Hartford properties, and will be installed at the Dowagiac casino which is scheduled to open in 2013. (www.fourwindscasino.com, www.invotech.com)
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UniFocus has announced a new generation of its integrated Labor Management System dashboards, intended to streamline access to key performance metrics in real time reporting throughout multiple properties.  Additional benefits include customizable tagging/selection tools to identify opportunities within any department throughout a manager’s property, and a new navigation board displaying assessments of cost opportunities in relation to service delivery standards.  Other features include:
– Report generation tools that can be customized to annual, monthly, and weekly platform reporting.
– Trend Charts identifying key business indicators offering customizable visibility to labor statistics.
– Executive reporting capabilities with larger amounts of data.
– Aggregate reporting by department within property.
– At a glance, real-time live data with last week and next week projections.
– Enhanced navigational tools including click and drag options, breadcrumbs, interface drop down menus and integrated back buttons.
– The ability to communicate concern about issues through built in e-mail and ensure corrective action or feedback.
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COMMUNICATIONS/INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Comcast announces integrated Ethernet, Internet, video and voice services package for hospitality
  • FCS Unicorn Interface and Billing system certified compliant with Avaya Communication Server 1000

Comcast has announced its Comcast Business Hospitality suite consisting of Ethernet, Internet, video and voice services in an integrated package for the hospitality industry. The package includes high-speed Internet connectivity (up to 1 gigabyte for Ethernet service), voice services and up to 60 high-definition channels in each room, with the ability to scale the services quickly to meet growing business needs, seasonal demands and other peak usage periods. The high-speed Internet service will include cloud services from Microsoft and protection from Norton Antivirus, and comes with two modems so that hoteliers can separate traffic for back office use from bandwidth for guests. The HD channels do not require set-top units in guestrooms.
Services include:
• Business Hospitality Ethernet –fast and secure network connectivity with scalable bandwidth from 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) based on guest demand, often by simply placing a phone call.
• Business Hospitality Internet – with download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
• Business Hospitality TV – with up to 60 HD channels delivered via a single piece of equipment that enables property managers to remotely manage video feeds.
• Business Hospitality Voice – with high-tech phone lines, call management and other business functions.
• Business Hospitality Trunks – connects legacy PBX equipment with Comcast’s IP network.
(http://business.comcast.com/enterprise/industry-solutions/hospitality)
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FCS Computer Systems announced that its FCS Unicorn Interface and Billing system has been compliance-tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Communication Server 1000 (Avaya CS 1000) 7.5, in addition to previously announced compliance with Avaya Aura Communication Manager 6.2. FCS Unicorn provides both onsite and hosted billing systems for large-scale hotels, integrated resorts and multi-property operations, and interfaces with many guest management systems and other hotel applications. (www.avaya.com, www.fcscs.com)
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