Hotels See Automation as a Stopgap When They Can’t Afford Full Staffs

All in-room technology used at The Peninsula Hotels (owned by HSH, or Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels) is designed and developed in-house by a team of electronic, software, and hardware engineers. HSHSkift Take: Most hoteliers are still practicing triage, trying to stanch the flow of losses. But investing in automation and contactless tech can help boost…… Continue reading Hotels See Automation as a Stopgap When They Can’t Afford Full Staffs

Hotel Contactless Tech: What Will Stick and What Won’t?

Proxyclick Visitor Management System on an iPad. ProxyclickSkift Take: Contactless technology is being adopted in hotels at breakneck speed to ensure safe operations. Not all tech is created equal though. Skift Research looked at what tech has the momentum to continue growing after the pandemic fades. — Wouter GeertsRead the Complete Story On Skift

Hotelogix Merges With 2 Hotel Tech Firms to Lead Rollup in India

The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur. India based companies focusing on hotel tech, Hotelogix, AxisRooms, and RepUp, have merged. Oberoi Hotels & ResortsSkift Take: The merger of Hotelogix, a property management system, with AxisRooms, a provider of revenue management and distribution services, and RepUp, an online reputation management tool, is probably one of many mergers likely…… Continue reading Hotelogix Merges With 2 Hotel Tech Firms to Lead Rollup in India

Accor Still Keen to Find Investors for Its Software Business Despite Pandemic Fallout

Mövenpick Cebu, a beachfront hotel on Mactan Island, in Cebu, Philippines, is affiliated with the Accor Hotels Group, which also offers D-Edge tech services to hotels. Accor wants a financial partner for D-Edge, its hotel tech services brand, which wants to expand its offerings to more than 11,500 hotels worldwide. AccorSkift Take: D-Edge needs a…… Continue reading Accor Still Keen to Find Investors for Its Software Business Despite Pandemic Fallout

What Legacy Travel Companies Could Learn From Oracle Hospitality’s Weeklong Tech Push

A view of a guest room at the Arlo NoMad in New York City. Arlo is uses Oracle’s property management system with an integration by a tech vendor called Zaplox. Oracle Hospitality ran an innovation week in which it helped hoteliers and tech vendors integrate with its property management system. Arlo HotelsSkift Take: A desperate…… Continue reading What Legacy Travel Companies Could Learn From Oracle Hospitality’s Weeklong Tech Push

Trump Administration Orders Shiji to Sell Hotel Tech Firm StayNTouch

Kevin King, chief operating officer of Shiji Group (left) spoke to Skift Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill at Skift Tech Forum June 2019 in San Francisco. The Trump Administration on Friday demanded that Beijing-based Shiji unwind its acquisition of StayNTouch, the hotel property management system. SkiftSkift Take: This is a highly unusual action. It’s…… Continue reading Trump Administration Orders Shiji to Sell Hotel Tech Firm StayNTouch

Oracle Hospitality Takes Hotel and Vendor Gripes Seriously At Last

Alex Alt, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Hospitality, spoke at the company’s customer conference in Singapore in late 2019. OracleSkift Take: For too long, Oracle Hospitality, a giant in the hotel tech space, has prioritized internal needs. Now it’s changed its tune. It says it’s making hotels the boss. The long overdue…… Continue reading Oracle Hospitality Takes Hotel and Vendor Gripes Seriously At Last

How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

Front desk hotel clerks serve a guest. Antonio Diaz / AdobeSkift Take: Technological advancements have allowed for new entrants into the property management systems space to offer a viable alternative to incumbent legacy systems. Those systems might be scrambling for now, but they’ll catch up. All this can only be a good thing for the…… Continue reading How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

Accor Taps Sabre for Pilot of Major Hotel Tech Project

An image of a hotel that’s part of the Accor Group portfolio, the Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island in North Queensland, Australia, that belongs to the Mantra brand. Accor is doing a pilot test with technology vendor Sabre for a major overhaul of its digital systems. AccorSkift Take: Accor recently rebranded its…… Continue reading Accor Taps Sabre for Pilot of Major Hotel Tech Project

SiteMinder Gets Funding Boost as Financial Titan BlackRock Bets on Hotel Tech

SiteMinder’s top executives talk at the company’s Sydney headquarters. From right: CEO Sankar Narayan and Co-Founder and Chairman Mike Ford. SiteMinder, a hotel tech startup based in Sydney, has closed a Series C round of funding, led by BlackRock, the world’s biggest money manager. SiteMinderSkift Take: To call a company the best-capitalized hotel tech startup…… Continue reading SiteMinder Gets Funding Boost as Financial Titan BlackRock Bets on Hotel Tech