The best of hotel tech from the 2017
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Imagine a world where OTAs gave you bookings, without charging you commission...
Bidroom is attracting consumers who pay $59/year for closed user group (CUG) membership. Hotels offer discounted rates through the platform, and don't pay any commission on bookings.
They have 75,000 hotels providing offers to their 300,000 members.
Bizly is best described as an OTA for small events and meetings. They focus on helping corporates and SMBs find and book venues for small meetings. If you've got meeting spaces, it costs nothing to claim your listing.
Conichi improves hotel checkins and checkouts for corporate travellers. Using the Conichi app, a business traveller benefits from express checkin, keyless access and mobile checkout. The company is well-financed (courtesy of HRS) and they're working with 400 hotels. Conichi provides a great way to improve guest experience. In addition, they can provide a white-label version of their app which is worth considering if you're investing in keyless entry.
Maidbot is a housekeeping robot for hotels. It's like an industrial-strength Roomba that will navigate and hoover a hotel room whilst the 'real' maid makes the bed and changes the towels.
If you have a non-cancellable hotel bookings that you no longer need, Roomeer will manage to resell it for you >90% of the time. As Cancellations, particularly from OTA bookers, have been increasing. Roomer could help you to boost bookings of your non-cancellable rates.
Splitty helps guests to save money by dividing a stay into two separate bookings.For a five-night stay, guests could book three nights direct and then the other two via a wholesaler, paying less overall.
CEO Joan Llado announced their latest innovation: a Facebook Messenger chatbot that assists guests when on-property. For $99/month, a hotel can have towel requests, room service orders and FAQs answered by the bot.
Wanup is a loyalty club for independent hotels. They offer rewards and in-stay perks for guests who join the scheme. For regular travellers, these include 6% cashback on each booking and late checkout.
Waylo Facebook messenger app offers hotel price tracking and predictions. Their smartest innovation is the functionality which allows guests to "book today at the lowest predicted rate between now and checkin." If they predict a hotel room rate will drop by $100, they allow a guest to book immediately at the reduced rate. Their machine learning algorithm delivers a 10% median saving and makes an error less than 1% of the time.