Technology Showtime at HoReCa
Industry experts' responses on technology being used at their property that is ahead of time and drastically changed the way things work. Amardeep Singh General Manager, The Westin Resort & Spa, Himalayas The impact of technology on the
Industry experts’ responses on technology being used at their property that is ahead of time and drastically changed the way things work.
General Manager, The Westin Resort & Spa, Himalayas
The impact of technology on the hospitality industry has been a significant and continues to evolve. Here are some key ways in which technology has influenced hospitality industry:
Online Booking and Reservations:
The advent of online booking platforms and reservation systems has revolutionized how guests book their accommodations, making it more convenient and efficient for both guests and hoteliers.
Platforms like Expedia, Booking.com, Airbnb, and others have become dominant players in the travel and hospitality industry.
Mobile apps have become indispensable tools for both guests and hospitality businesses. Hotels and restaurants have their own apps for reservations, room service, check-ins, and loyalty programs – Marriott Bonvoy App
Guests can use their smartphones for mobile check-in and check-out, room selection, and even as room keys
Smart Room Technology
This includes features like smart thermostats and lighting controls.
The adoption of contactless technology in the hospitality industry. This includes contactless check-in and check-out, mobile payments, and QR code menus in restaurants.
Online Reviews and Reputation Management:
Online review platforms like TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google Reviews have a substantial impact on a hotel or restaurant’s reputation. Managing online presence and addressing feedback has become crucial.
Staff Efficiency and Training
Technology can streamline operations, from housekeeping and maintenance to guest services and front desk operations. Staff can use software and devices to communicate, track tasks, and access information
Technology is helping the hospitality industry become more environmentally conscious. This includes energy-efficient systems, waste reduction through automation, and water-saving technologies
In summary, technology has transformed the hospitality industry in numerous ways, enhancing guest experiences, improving operational efficiency, and enabling businesses to adapt to changing consumer preferences and needs. As technology continues to advance, it will likely play an even more significant role in shaping the future of hospitality.
General Manager-Operations, Mayfair Hotels and Resorts
At Mayfair Hotels and Resorts, we take pride in pioneering cutting-edge technology to redefine the hospitality experience. One remarkable innovation that has reshaped our operations is the IDS Software. It has a robust feature enabling remote Kitchen Ticket Order (KTO) management in our offsite kitchens. This pioneering system ensures seamless and efficient order processing, regardless of where our guests choose to dine within our luxurious establishments. The IDS Software fosters seamless communication between our front-of-house and back-of-house teams, effectively reducing wait times and elevating guest satisfaction to new heights.
Additionally, we are committed to maintaining our reputation for excellence through Kepsla, an advanced reputation management tool. By closely monitoring guest feedback and real-time reviews, we swiftly address concerns and continually enhance our services to meet and exceed expectations. To engage with our guests, we have adopted QR codes for streamlined feedback collection and the management of dietary preferences. This user-friendly approach empowers our guests to effortlessly provide input, allowing us to create tailored experiences that cater to their unique needs. At Mayfair Hotels and Resorts, our relentless pursuit of innovative technology sets us apart, offering guests unparalleled service and convenience. We remain dedicated to consistently staying at the forefront of technology to surpass guest expectations.
Director of Operations, Sayaji Group of Hotels
Table Management Software
In order to enhance our restaurant operations, boost productivity and improve the overall dining experience for our guests we have recently introduced Table Management Software.
This software enables us to track restaurants reservation, online orders, customer history, feedbacks in a single view.
Guest details are automatically captured and added to the guest profile once the telephonic conversation with the guest is over.
It also revert notification once the table is booked successfully.
AGM – Mice & Convention , The Orchid Hotel Pune
Electronic Menu, or E-Menu, is a digital version of a traditional printed menu is great technology which has drastically changed the way of things used in hotels.
As after covid people are more curious about Hygiene. There are several reasons why it can be beneficial for hotels and restaurants to implement. E-menu Enhanced Customer Experience by having Interactive and visually menus. E-Menus can include images, videos, and detailed descriptions of dishes, helping customers make more informed choices. E-Menus can be easily updated in real-time, allowing for quick changes to prices, availability, or special offers.
Customers can navigate through the menu more efficiently, filter options based on dietary restrictions, and easily find their preferred dishes. Traditional printed menus can be expensive to design, print, and replace when updates are necessary. E-Menus eliminates these costs.
By reducing the need for printed menus, E-Menus contributes to environmental sustainability by saving paper and reducing waste. E-Menus can be programmed to offer translations and descriptions in multiple languages, making it easier for international guests to understand the menu.
Hotels and restaurants can collect data on customer preferences and ordering patterns through E-Menus. This information can be valuable for marketing and menu optimization. Customers can place their orders directly through the E-Menu, reducing the time spent waiting for a server to take their order
Promotions, daily specials, and limited-time offers can be easily highlighted on E-Menus, encouraging customers to try new items. E-Menus can be tailored to a hotel or restaurant’s branding and theme, providing a consistent look and feel.
Hotel Manager at The Resort, Mumbai
At The Resort, Mumbai, we have embraced the future of dining with our smart ordering and payment system. This technology allows our guests to have a seamless and contactless dining experience. Guests can view our menu, place orders, request refills, and even pay bill directly from their smartphone or the tablet at your table. It is not only convenient but also enhances hygiene, safety and efficiency. We are in the process to share the e-bill on the guest’s mobile immediately after the payment
Outlet Manager / Beverage Manager , China House Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Mumbai
TECHNOLOGY SHOWTIME- CORAVIN
The Coravin device, designed for wine enthusiasts who refuse to compromise on quality, this groundbreaking system allows you to indulge in your favorite wines by the glass, while preserving the remaining to perfection. With its specially designed needle and inert gas replacement, the Coravin ensures every sip is as fresh as the first, allowing for extended enjoyment without the pressure to finish the entire bottle at once. No more wasted wine and preserved flavors and aromas that can be savored for weeks, months. The Coravin will stop the oxygen to spoil cherished bottles.
TECHNOLOGY SHOWTIME- AVENIE AERATOR
Introducing Aveine, the revolutionary smart wine aerator that is set to transform the way you enjoy your favorite bottle of wine. With Aveine, achieving the perfect aeration for your wine has never been easier. Simply open the bottle, attach the aerator, and select your desired aeration timing. In just a matter of seconds, Aveine works its magic, enhancing the flavors and aromas of your wine to perfection.
Asst. Food & Beverage Manager, Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway
The app ‘Table Check’ has ushered in a remarkable transformation in our hotel’s dining services. This innovative application has redefined the guest experience by enabling convenient reservations, menu browsing, and meal pre-ordering, eliminating lengthy wait times. It provides real-time table availability updates, enhancing guest satisfaction.
Behind the scenes, the app has streamlined table management, reducing no-shows with reservation confirmations, and facilitating better kitchen-to-wait staff communication for quicker service. It also aids in personalized dining recommendations and feedback collection, improving customer relationship management. In essence, this app has not only elevated the guest experience but has also optimized restaurant operations within our hotel.
APP Development Coordinator and City Head, Bangalore, Chowman Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
The Chowman App has ushered in a transformative change in the way things work in the food industry by offering a user-friendly platform. It has revolutionized the restaurant experience in several ways:
1. *User-Friendly App*: Chowman’s app is designed with a user-centric approach, making it incredibly easy for customers to browse menus, place orders, and customize their meals. Its intuitive interface sets it apart from traditional ordering methods.
2. *Competitive with Leading Aggregators*: The app stands shoulder to shoulder with major food delivery aggregators, offering a vast selection of dishes from Chowman’s menu. This ensures that customers enjoy the convenience of app-based food delivery without compromising on menu variety.
3. *Exclusive Offers and Free Home Delivery*: Chowman App provides exclusive deals and discounts to its users, creating a win-win situation for both customers and the restaurant. The inclusion of free home delivery further enhances the app’s appeal.
4. *Smooth Transition*: Chowman has seamlessly integrated technology into its operations, ensuring a smooth transition from traditional dining to online ordering. This adaptability caters to a broader customer base.
5. *Live Tracking*: The live tracking feature empowers customers to monitor their orders in real-time. It adds transparency and predictability to the delivery process, significantly enhancing the overall customer experience.
6. *Live Chat Support*: The incorporation of live chat support enables customers to seek immediate assistance or resolve issues promptly. This responsive customer service feature sets Chowman apart and builds trust.
7. *Creative Apparatus*: Chowman has creatively harnessed technology to provide an immersive dining experience. Whether it’s visual menus, interactive features, or gamified loyalty programs, the app offers more than just food ordering.
In summary, the Chowman App’s innovative approach to technology has not only kept pace with industry leaders but also elevated the dining experience. It’s user-friendly, convenient, and offers a range of features that enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty, making it ahead of its time in the restaurant industry.
Senior Marketing Manager, WAE Limited
One Technology used at Hotels, Restaurants, or Cafes that you feel is ahead of time or has drastically changed the way things work:
The usage of the state-of-the-art technology to fill purified water into reusable glass bottles in big hotels, restaurants and cafes is one of the latest technologies to avoid the harmful use of plastics. And WAE’s exclusively designed Glass Bottling Plant inaugurated at the India International Hospitality Expo (IHE) 2023 serves the above purpose in the most efficient manner.
In fact, this is the need of the hour as we must completely eradicate the use of plastics because they are environmentally disastrous for sustainable hospitality and its latest innovations. Additionally, WAE will also help in addressing the hospitality industry in reducing their carbon and water footprints which they have been aiming for decades.
Some of the salient features of this Glass Bottling Filling Plant (GBFP) are:
- Reduces Waste
- Cost-effective or Economical
- Hygienic and extremely Efficient
Thus, this latest technological breakthrough of using glass bottling machines in the hospitality industry has certainly revolutionized this sector contributing to a greener, eco-friendly, and more responsible future.
Managing Partner, Rohra Hospitality LLP
Thanks to innovation and technology, today guest can visit any of our restaurants and not only view the menu, but order food request for special instructions, request for their bill and pay for their experience without even interacting with any human.
During extremely busy hours, guest can use the radio frequency service ‘Call’ button to ask their server for a prompt and effective service call which directly is notified on the servers smart watch.
During events and bar nights, software’s such as ATOMX allow us to directly take cashless payment from the guest and generate the bill from the credit card machine itself removing the need to use the restaurant POS which often can not take the load of high frequency billing.