"Intelity has always been a forward-looking company," said David Adelson, Intelity president and CEO. "Back in 2010, we were the first hospitality company to introduce a guest-service mobile app (ICEapp) and an in-room touch tablet (ICEbedside). These tools make it possible for travelers to engage with a hotel before, during and after their stays. It's gratifying to see that these mobile technologies continue to drive guest satisfaction. Both the ICEapp and ICEbedside are growing in demand daily across the globe for their ability to keep hoteliers connected to their guests, and vice versa.
"Our customers tell us that their guests appreciate ICEapp and ICEbedside because both provide an efficient way to interact with the hotel," Hopkins said. "As operators, they enjoy being able to offer the conveniences of technology without compromising their high-standards of service. Today, 90% of guests are using ICEbedside when provided, of whom 75% are using it to order room service. On average, customers report that checks have increased by 12% from upselling through the digital in-room dining menu presented on ICEbedside."
When Stephen Johnston, managing director and general manager of the Boston Harbor Hotel, heard about the ICEapp after its initial launch, he said he was skeptical. From increased revenue and guest satisfaction to a stronger ability to communicate with hotel guests, it sounded too good to be true. Understanding the growing importance for weaving technology into the guest experience, Johnson and his hotel's management team knew that hospitality technology was no longer a "nice to have" but rather a "must have."
"When Intelity was first presented to me years ago, I was intrigued because at the time the Boston Harbor Hotel did not fully utilize technology, and we were looking for new ways to do so," Johnston said. "After installing Intelity's ICEbedside and launching the mobile ICEapp, any doubts have dissipated. The numerous benefits realized through use of the platform surpassed expectations.
"We listen to our guests a lot and value their feedback," he said. "We're very engaged as a Forbes Five-Star hotel. Since we added the hotel tablets to the rooms, I have received so many positive comments from our guests. Guests appreciate this new and efficient way to interact with the hotel, and we enjoy being able to offer the conveniences of technology without compromising our high standards of service."
Johnston said about 80 percent to 90 percent of guests use the ICEapp and ICEbedside as the primary method of placing requests and communicating with hotel staff. Both tools offer a new interactive guest experience. In addition, in-room print costs have decreased by 90 percent.
Intelity's guest technology is also enabling the Rancho Santana in Nicaragua to more efficiently share and update information about onsite activities, amenities, events, pricing and marketing promotions. Resort guests and residence owners are receiving important notifications without stopping by the front desk.
"With the ICEapp and ICEbedside, we have one space we can constantly keep updated and don't constantly waste so much paper," said Stephanie Judge, the hotel's marketing and administrative specialist. "Guests really like being able to see the information and not have to come to the concierge to get it. Because our property is so large, it might be a drive for a guest to get to the concierge. Instead they can just pull up information right on the in-room tablet or their phone."
Rancho Santana's staff are also benefitting from these mobile guest-satisfaction and engagement tools. Receiving guest requests directly through the Request Manager module of Intelity's back-end system has increased accuracy, as staff are no longer required to manually record requests. Members of staff also don't have to field as many questions from guests about basic information that is now entirely housed on the in-room tablets and app.
"Since implementing these Intelity technologies, I stayed at a 5-star luxury hotel in Orlando and was able to experience the ICEapp and ICEbedside as a guest," Judge said. "It was cool to realize that our coastal hotel is in the same league as other prestigious 5-star properties as far as being progressive with technology. It was fun to see other creative ways to use this technology to improve the guest experience and I have new ideas for how we can use it in the future."
Intelity, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the creator of the world's first and most widely used integrated guest services platform, ICE (Interactive Customer Experience™). With certified integrations to all major hotel back-end management systems (POS, PMS, Ticketing, Spa and Room Controls), Intelity's complete guest service platform is a centralized property-automation system that delivers concierge-level services, guest request tracking and fulfillment, business-intelligence analytics, marketing/messaging capabilities, and a full content management system. Since beginning operations in 2007, the Inc. 5000 company has gained a reputation as a leader in hospitality technology with installations across six continents, including most major brands and many celebrated independent properties. Intelity was recently designated as the "Official Mobile & In Room Technology Provider" for Forbes Travel Guide, as well as the "Best Mobile App in Hospitality" from Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards and the "World's Leading Hotel Brand App" from the World Travel Awards. For more information, please visit www.intelitycorp.com.