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  • Written by Monscierge Software Engineer, Matt Owens. Amazon’s Alexa is a cloud-based voice service that allows software developers to build natural voice experiences that offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology they use every day. The Alexa voice service raises interesting questions about the future of artificial intelligence technology in the hospitality industry. Mon...

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  • As those of us in the States head into Labor Day, hotel workers are gearing up for a busy three-day weekend and some of the hardest-working days of the year. We want to take some time on this day to appreciate them. Passion for the industry is a vital trait for hospitality workers. Driving this passion is a true concern for guests and a desire to see a job well done at the end of the day. For many...

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  • Over the last few months, we’ve been talking a lot about “killing the cheeseplate”. This phrase came from the early days of Monscierge as we were working with staff at a local hotel. When asked how he would change hotel operations, one staff member said he would kill the cheeseplate. He explained that he delivered a cheeseplate as a welcome gift to guests, but he was also discarding most of them u...

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  • One of hospitality's leading Chief Innovations Officer, John Edwards, with RLHC, speaks about launching a series of new technology initiatives aimed at enhancing the guest experience throughout hotels. In-room Apple TV experiences, RLHC's Hello Rewards mobile app with check-in/check-out and digital room key features. These new experiences are powered by the Monscierge Connect platform in conjuncti...

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  • The latest J.D Power study measuring guest satisfaction across hotel segments had a major focus on mobility this year. The study uses seven factors to determine guest satisfaction, including reservation, check-in/check-out, rooms, F&B, services, facilities, and fees. Concerning mobile, Rick Garlick (J.D. Power Practice Lead – travel and hospitality) had this to say, “As mobile usage becomes increa...

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  • August is around the corner and summer is in full swing. Beat the heat in one of these amazing hotel pools. Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania – This infinity pool overlooks a watering hole frequented by the wildlife you may also encounter on your walking safari.    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Palm Grove Pool – This pool is carved out of natural lava rock and contains over 4,000 tropical fish. Playa Vik, ...

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  • The Monscierge team has been thrilled to work with John Edwards and Red Lion Hotels to assist in rolling out new technology offerings for staff and guests. The latest Hello Rewards app, integrated with the PMS, includes new check in/check out and digital room key features as well as managing loyalty accounts and redeeming rewards. The fully integrated Connect products provide a multitude of opport...

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  • One of hospitality's leading Chief Innovations Officer, John Edwards, with RLHC, speaks about launching a series of new technology initiatives aimed at enhancing the guest experience throughout hotels. In-room Apple TV experiences, RLHC's Hello Rewards mobile app with check-in/check-out and digital room key features. These new experiences are powered by the Monscierge Connect platform in conjuncti...

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  • Our team has been busy gearing up for HITEC Toronto, taking place June 26-29, 2017. We are excited to bring along the latest versions of our legacy products as well as a few new surprises. Since last year, data security and content streaming have become a big focus in the industry. Partnering with JAMF to bring an enterprise solution to Apple TV, we can meet safety and security concerns and bring ...

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  • If you’re attending HITEC North America in Toronto this June, you will be hearing many discussions surrounding plausible technology architecture and integrations that allow guests to safely access their own content, yet give the hotel peace of mind with guests’ security and personal data. This new consideration of guest entertainment in hospitality makes a lot of sense as more and more people choo...

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  • Mobility has an ever-increasing role in the travel industry and today’s travelers are relying more and more on their phones through each phase of their journey. A recent Monscierge survey showed that 56% of hotel guests prefer to make requests using text messages, taking the number one spot in communication preferences. SMS is being used in hotels to plan the stay, announce arrival, contact the va...

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  • Increasing technology use by travelers to interact with brands means that the guest experience, formerly taking place almost entirely within the bounds of a hotel property, now extends to almost anywhere in the world. Whether it be research via tablet, mobile check-in, virtual concierge, or SMS chats with staff, maintaining a seamless guest experience across any channel is a serious challenge for ...

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  • The greatest, and perhaps most overlooked, source of talent and inside hotel information can be found in the people who are carrying out the day to day tasks in the hotel. The person who knows the most about how efficient, profitable, and customer-pleasing your policies and processes are is the person who is using them every day to do their job. There are two major reasons this source of knowledge...

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  • Over the recent past, the healthcare industry has begun looking to hospitality for insights into better patient care. After all, who better than the hotel industry to lead the way in making people feel more comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings? Technology plays a major role in measuring and reporting patient satisfaction, proving means for healthcare leaders to ensure the best care patients as w...

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  • Hotel RL by RLHC is an innovative brand that brings an authentic local connection to the guest journey. Their Living Stage is a project that provides a space for local artists to share their creativity in everything from cause awareness and storytelling to cooking and poetry.   Hotel RL has created inspirational community spaces in its hotels from coast to coast that are bringing guests and the lo...

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  • Over the last ten years, I’ve been privileged to work with some of the world’s brightest hospitality minds.  Our mission? Kill the cheese plate. With help from one particular person in the industry – we’ve figured out how. Let me explain. In 2014, Monscierge and Dolce Hotels and Resorts entered into a relationship where we connected with the then VP of Technology, John Edwards. We’ve since embarke...

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  • Hotels are getting into the Snapchat game and it has a lot of potential for location-based branded marketing. Geofilters, which consist of a graphic overlay for “snaps”, are a fun way to test the Snapchat waters. They are highly localized, which means they show up in the app based on a location that you set, and your cost depends on the area you choose and the times you set to have it available. G...

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  • Technology is making inroads in the hotel industry at a faster pace that it has ever done before. What started a few years ago with updating telephones or providing cell phone chargers has become a new world of screens, logins, and location awareness. I attended a wedding last week, so the “what do you do” conversation happened a lot. I’ve worked for Monscierge since 2011, and my company descripti...

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  • Everyone is making resolutions to be healthier, save money, have more fun, and accomplish goals. This year, get your hospitality resolutions all in one place with a mobile app. Attain Goals – The first part of meeting a goal is to name it, and the best way to stay on target is to track your progress. Today’s hotel apps can help you set and track goals in real time as well as keep your managers and...

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  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Hotel Edition

    Twas the night before Christmas and throughout the hotel, Things ran like clockwork for all guests could tell,. The kitchen was closing and breakfast was prepped, And all floors were silent as travelers slept. The manager nestled all snug in his bed, While holiday profits danced in his head. The night clerk completed the last guest request, With hopes that the stillness foreshadowed a rest. When u...

  • Amenities to Make Guests Feel Home for the Holidays

    The winter holiday season has begun, and hotels are getting into the spirit to provide memorable experience for guests during their travels. Following are just a few of the best-loved winter hotel amenities. If you’re in a snowy area and have access to horses or a nearby stable owner, nothing beats a sleigh ride to get in the spirit of the holidays. For many guests, this would be a truly unique an...

  • Leadership in a Service Industry

    Outstanding service industry employees seem to be born for it. They have an innate sense of empathy and something that requires only the smallest amount of training. However, leadership still plays a huge part in creating a culture of service. Service leaders have two major roles – training and example. Many brands known for fantastic service train their team members thoroughly, often to the point...

  • The Draw of Hospitality

    It may be known for its high turnover, but hospitality can be an appealing field for those who are fresh out of school, unsure which career to pursue, or re-entering the workforce. Job applicants new to a career often get frustrated finding work because many job listings require 5-10 years’ relevant experience. Sometimes you just can’t get around that, but if you have the drive and determination, ...

  • Thunder Plains – Tech in OKC

    Working in Oklahoma City over the last few years has been an exciting and ever-changing experience. While Oklahoma is known for oil and cattle, the technology community is cutting-edge and very present. Thunder Plains is a web and mobile developer conference focused on JavaScript and related technologies. Located at the Devon Boathouse in Downtown Oklahoma City, this sold-out event covers two days...

  • The 5 Qualities of a True Leader

    Sad fact, leadership roles don’t always get filled by leaders. Do you exhibit these qualities? 1. Kick up, kiss down. How much time do you spend chatting it up with your fellow managers? Allot that time working with and for your team. They’re the ones that do the work you need done. Show them how important they are. Drive their passion. Believe it or not, not everyone is just out for a paycheck. S...

  • 5 Alternatives to “I Don’t Know”

    I had an interaction with a staff member at a local business yesterday that involved me wanting to pay for something and her not knowing how to charge me. Instead of getting an answer, she shrugged her shoulders and looked to me for the answer. Not having any inside knowledge, I did not have the answer, so the purchase was not made. This is exactly why one of our core principles at Monscierge is t...

  • 5 Outside-the-Box Ideas to Increase RevPAR
  • 4 Ways Hotel Apps Fight Commoditization

    Over the last few weeks, we have discussed using technology to make the guest experience more comfortable and more personal as well as to generate loyalty. As commoditization becomes an increasing concern for the industry, hospitality leaders are looking for technology that increases brand awareness and loyalty, directly influences and enhances the guest experience, and creates a stand-out impress...

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  • There is a push for hotel technology to be better than what guests use at home, but some argue that the only way to make guests feel at home is with face-to-face interaction. We’ve always maintained that technology should enhance, not remove, the personal interactions between staff members and guests, but does technology present a barrier to that “at-home” feeling? Technology for technology’s sake...

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