Implement Tech to Shift Staff Focus to Creating a More Personalized Guest Experience in Hospitality

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The hospitality industry has been on a relentless quest to enhance guest experience while optimizing operational efficiency. This endeavor has increasingly relied on integrating technology into everyday processes. This trend has accelerated in the wake of the pandemic as businesses seek to minimize human contact without sacrificing service quality. The shift towards digital solutions in hotels aims not just to streamline operations but to allow staff to focus on what truly matters: the guest experience.

How can technology be harnessed to enhance both operational efficiency and customer service in hotels?

In a recent Roundtable Discussion on Experts Talk,  Stephanie Leger, the Chief Excellence Officer at First Rate Hospitality, and  Jennifer Suski, the Director of Business Development at HotelKey share their perspectives on the integration of digital tools in the hospitality sector. They both emphasize the importance of using technology to reduce routine tasks and handle operational complexities, allowing staff to focus on creating a more personalized guest experience.

Here are the five key takeaways from their discussion:

  1. Digital Pre-Check-In: By having guests confirm their details via text or email before arrival, the front desk can focus on a warm welcome rather than administrative details.
  2. In-Room Technology: QR codes and mobile apps for ordering services, like room service, streamline operations while maintaining a personal touch through direct interaction when confirming orders or delivering food.
  3. Balance Between Tech and Personal Service: The goal is to use technology to eliminate repetitive tasks (like verifying credit card details at check-in every time) while preserving the core hospitality elements that require a human touch.
  4. Educating Guests on Tech Features: Clear communication about the safety and functionality of digital tools (e.g., digital room keys) is crucial to increase guest trust and technology adoption.
  5. Enhancing the Guest Experience with AI: Artificial intelligence can be used to personalize guest interactions and services on the property, thus enhancing their overall experience.

Article written by Sonia Gossai

 

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