Tips For How Your Hotel Can Stay Competitive in the Digital Age

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Today, guests are demanding a quicker, safer, and more virtual hospitality experience when traveling. This means that transitioning some or all of your services to a digital experience is key to your business plan. Here are some tips for how your hotel can stay competitive in the digital age.

Get In-Room Tablets

In-room tablets allow your guests to navigate through all your hotel or property has to offer. In-room tablets also help your hotel save and make money through up-selling, cross-selling, service recovery, and more.

Volo’s in-room tablet solution proves to be a profit center, not a cost, by driving revenue through up-sells and cross-sells of food, beverage, and amenities, and even push notifications for promotions or direct bookings. Volo also helps save money by ensuring real-time service recovery and improved reputation management, and cost savings from staff efficiency and reduced printing. Ultimately, more engagement and improved guest experience translate to real and measurable value to any hotel.

Dive Into In-Room Fitness

The ability to exercise is something that many guests demand during their stay. However, it can be difficult in today’s understaffed world to keep up with fitness facilities or workout areas. One solution is to bring the workout to guests via virtual exercise classes on your hotel’s in-room tablets.

We recommend using FitOn for virtual exercise classes and workouts. FitOn is the ultimate social health experience to help your guests get moving and stay motivated. Your guests can lose weight and get fit anytime, anywhere with FitOn’s exercise videos and personalized workout plans. Guests can enjoy fresh, tailored content across fitness, mindfulness, nutrition, sleep, yoga and more, along with inspiring programs and advice from celebrity trainers.

Use Contactless Food & Beverage Payment and Ordering

There are countless benefits of contactless payment and ordering. With contactless food and beverage ordering, your guests can order from their in-room tablet or wherever they might be headed next – poolside, rooftop, patio, and even on the golf course!

GoTab is a contactless food and beverage ordering platform that acts as a layer between your in-room tablets and your current POS system, meaning orders placed on your Volo in-room tablets will go straight to your POS system and print tickets just as they normally would. This eliminates the need for manually inputting orders into your POS system. Interested in changing POS systems completely? GoTab has you covered.

To top it off, you’ll get access to reports that show your sales in each location from one week to the next, which we also integrate into our Volo monthly reports.

Entertain Your Guests with Subscriptions

Guests want entertainment, even if that’s during their down time at your hotel. Offering in-room tablets with access to subscriptions can help your guests feel entertained and connected during their stay. Access to newspaper subscriptions and apps like Magazine Jukebox can provide your guests with enormous amounts of content and keep them entertained right in their rooms.

Utilize Digital Tipping

Tipping has always been an essential part of the hospitality industry. Tips don’t just help hotel staff make ends meet; they contribute to a culture of financial wellness. However, fewer guests carry cash on them than in earlier years, diminishing the amount of tips your staff earns. With eTip, your guests can tip your housekeeping or concierge staff with the touch a button on their phones or in-room tablets without needing cash. Cashless tipping has become more popular since the start of COVID-19. However, new touch-less practices are not exclusive to a pandemic year. Hotel staff are more likely to stay at a hotel and long to work at a hotel where they know there is digital tipping.

Provide Online Spa or Salon Booking

Guests no longer want to call down to the front desk or book through a third party. Let your guests relax even before their spa treatment with in-room booking right from your in-room tablets.

Klickbook is a cloud-based all-in-one Spa/Salon software management system that helps to streamline operations and generate revenue. The software provides online booking for any services, a Retail POS, Inventory management, Group Booking, Staff/Resource scheduling, Marketing, CRM, Medical Charting, Reports, Locker Management, Form Designer, Loyalty Points, and more. Klickbook also provides Head-Office functionality which allows you to manage multiple properties from a central location.

Klickbook’s Online booking platform integrates with the Volo in-room tablet solution so guests are able to easily book any service they need right from their room. Klickbook integrates with multiple Property Management Systems including Infor & Opera and is open to integrating with any new PMS to make the guest experience as seamless as possible.

Volo’s Exclusive Partnership With GoTab

Volo has partnered with GoTab to give your guests easy ways to pay for their food and drinks. With Volo’s GoTab integration, your guests can order from their in-room tablet or wherever they might be headed next – poolside, rooftop, patio, and even on the golf course! With GoTab’s POS integrations, the Volo staff portal becomes optional for purchases – GoTab can act as a layer between Volo and your current POS system, meaning orders placed on Volo will go straight to your POS system and print tickets just as they normally would. This eliminates the need for manually inputting orders from the Volo Staff Portal into your POS system.

To top it off, you’ll get access to reports that show your sales in each location from one week to the next, which we will also integrate into our Volo monthly reports. Interested in changing POS systems completely? GoTab has you covered.

Here are some of the advantages of using GoTab with Volo:

Flexibility:

  • Run the entire system on your existing hardware.
  • When ordering, guests can also scan QR codes from any location on their mobile device.
  • Allow your guests to pre-order amenities before their stay, open a tab and take it with them across your hotel, or leverage in-room dining.
  • With Volo’s GoTab integration, menus can be active or disabled during your specified days and/or times. When your POS menu in GoTab is updated, the changes reflect everywhere – Volo, your POS, QR codes, everywhere.

Increased Revenue:

  • Streamline customer ordering with embedded payments. Guests spend 25%+ more when leveraging GoTab powered by Volo in-room tablets.
  • Run GoTab across your resort and add contactless payment at various revenue centers.
  • Get insight to valuable data showing your most profitable locations.
  • GoTab operators process more transactions – typically 3-5 times more at peak versus a traditional POS.

Contactless Technology:

  • Give guests full control of their experience, and embed online ordering and payments without hassle.
  • Real-time guest feedback at your fingertips
  • Two-way SMS communication. Hotel staff can text a customer to let them know of out-of-stock items, delays, or when an item is ready.
  • Customers can create a running tab, eliminating the number of payment transactions and operator expenses. Customers can then “one-tap” re-order, building a running tab. Customers do not even need to close their tab – GoTab closes the tab at the end of each day.

Personalized Guest Experience:

  • Zones are built to tailor a unique experience to where the customer is sitting, enabling operators to differentiate their service model and offerings based on where guests are located.
  • With GoTab segments, you can understand who your guests are and can create offers and promotions to elevate the guest experience.
  • Provide custom or “secret” menus to VIPs, high spenders, or regulars, providing a personalized touch.
  • Tabs can be shared with others in the area, or even texted to friends.

It’s easy to integrate GoTab into your existing Volo system. To set up a GoTab integration for your Volo tablets, click here.

HITEC Orlando 2022: Volo Solutions Is Attending!

HITEC Orlando 2022

HITEC Orlando 2022 is almost here! The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) is the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology conference, with a unique combination of top-notch education together with the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. Produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), a global nonprofit hospitality association, the unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines.

HITEC is going to be a great opportunity to bring together industry leaders again to reconnect with familiar faces, meet new people, and discuss how advanced hotel and resort technology is supporting our industry’s modern needs.

Volo is excited to once again attend this incredible conference, and if you are planning on attending as well, we would love to meet up to discuss your business and how Volo can increase your guest engagement, increase your staff productivity, and generate revenue. Please us to meet up at HITEC 2022 or any future HITEC event.  We’re looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

– Benjamin Londa and the Volo Team

How to Mobilize Self-Service in Your Hotel

Years ago, self-service emerged as a tactic to assist businesses in streamlining operations and providing guests with the opportunity to set their own expectations. Eliminating common manual errors while enabling contactless communication, self-serve options have quickly become a preference across the hotel industry. Yet while it continues to hold tremendous power, it’s critical that hotels understand how to empower guests to use self-serve tools at their disposal.

In this blog, we’re doing just that by taking a deeper look at self-service, the benefits it brings and how you can start mobilizing self-service in your hotel.

The Impact of Mobilizing Self-Service in Your Hotel

Mobilizing self-service can be defined in many ways, depending on your industry. In the context of hotels, it means using staff and technology to empower guests to make their own decisions.

Of course, when you think about encouraging guests to make their own decisions, a lot of benefits come to mind. Firstly, self-service gives the guest greater control of their experience. Whether it be checking in when they feel comfortable, booking excursions while they’re out for dinner, or changing room features before they arrive, self-service plays a key role in convenience and satisfaction.

Secondly, self-service allows for greater operational efficiency. Your staff will have less to do on the front-end and administrative tasks can be streamlined through intuitive technology. For example, you can eliminate a lengthy in-person check-in process through a self-serve tablet or mobile device. Your employees can then focus on other aspects of the hotel like inventory checks and lobby cleanliness, while the guest can fill out forms in their spare time.

In addition, self-service leaves less room for error and more room for satisfaction. If a customer is filling out a dinner order on an in-room kiosk, it’s less likely they’ll type it in wrong. The meal is delivered exactly as they ordered it and the guest is happy. This goes for check-in too, where manually, phone numbers or email addresses can easily be entered incorrectly.

Lastly, self-service allows hotels to collect valuable data directly from the customer. Imagine a customer ordering food over the phone. With manual order entry, you could miss the opportunity to document preferred food items or dietary restrictions. However, swap the phone with a self-serve tablet and you have a digital receipt of what they ordered. This can be used to identify favorite menu items, popular check-in times over time, and favored excursions. From an operational perspective, this streamlines requests but also enhances the experience for future guests.

How to Mobilize Self-Service in Your Hotel

It’s apparent that there are a lot of upsides to providing self-serve options. So, let’s explore how you can mobilize self-serve in your hotel.

Check-In

Check-in is one of the easiest ways to incorporate self-service from the get-go. This could be in the form of an automated message you send via email or it could be a simple tablet kiosk on-site that guests can navigate themselves.

When providing a self-service option in the form of a message, make sure you’re communicating with the guest on their channel of choice. Further, you should be personalizing each message and be timely in response, should they reach out. The goal is to make the self-service option as easy as possible.

Don’t Forget To Up-Sell

With self-service, upselling becomes simplified. Whether on your tablet or through your guest message, you should be offering a simple way to upgrade your room or provide a coupon for dinner. Check-in is the perfect time to share your suite of offerings and make a great first impression.

Room Service & Ordering

When it comes to ordering room service, requesting more towels, or booking spa appointments,  self-serve tools can be helpful to relieve a lot of stress. Since the customer is filling out the request themselves, there is less room for error and greater transparency on the backend.

When offering self-service ordering, consider an in-room tablet. It promotes self-service by eliminating key barriers like downloading an app or speaking with someone over the phone. Further, by using a solution like Volo, hotels can customize the look and feel of their interface to be more on-brand. They can additionally update menus and offerings across the enterprise while optimizing revenue through subtle upsells and push notifications.

Hotel and Excursion Information

For hoteliers, it’s common to feel overwhelmed with redundant requests. Similar to self-serve ordering, using an in-room tablet or kiosks strategically across your hotel, you can provide detailed information about your hotel and offerings.

For example, excursion information. A guest looking to book an activity can get frustrated fast if they have to wait in line at the concierge. Using a tablet with activity information displayed, a guest can easily and efficiently review what they want to do and what is included in the price. By providing self-serve options, the guest can feel empowered to get the information they need when they want.

Measuring the Experience For Continued Self-Service Improvement

Once you start implementing practices to promote self-service across your hotel, it’s time to track progress to uncover gaps and opportunities.

A great way to initiate the success of your self-service initiatives is to send a feedback survey. For instance, maybe your menu ordering has too many pop-ups or your check-in is hard to navigate. With a survey, you can get insight right from the guest to improve satisfaction and drive loyalty.

When crafting your survey keep data extraction top of mind. It’s important to incorporate a range of questions types; Probe ease of use with a customer effort score (CES) question type or measure the overall satisfaction with a customer satisfaction (CSAT) question. Pairing these with more open text field questions can provide your team with the insight needed to make a positive impression.

If you’re looking for a solution to help aid your feedback efforts, Loop Experience Platform is a comprehensive tool that seamlessly integrates into your in-room Volo tablet. Not only does this maximize the feedback survey’s visibility, but the data you gather will be more accurate in real-time.

Things You Can Do With Volo Tablets: Enjoy In-Room Fitness

Do you have a gym or fitness center on-site that needs routine staffing or cleaning? Or, are you lacking a fitness center and exercise opportunities for your guests? Both scenarios aren’t ideal in today’s understaffed and demanding hospitality industry.

Allow your guests to enjoy workouts at their fingertips. Now, on-demand workouts and instructor-led exercise classes are available to properties using Volo in-room tablets. Your guests will benefit from complimentary on-demand and live classes straight from the tablet in the privacy of their rooms without the need to access a gym or exercise equipment. Finally –  club-quality exercise experience wherever your guests may be, and whenever they want to train.

Volo Fitness gives your guests access to top-tier workout classes taught by instructors around the world. Class types include cardio, conditioning, mind & body, kids & family, and more. From yoga and pilates to intense strength training, there are classes for everyone at every level. Here are some of our favorite benefits of Volo Fitness:

  • Workout anywhere – in the gym, at home, or abroad
  • Access to 700+ high quality curated virtual classes
  • Multiple world-class virtual content providers
  • Celebrity instructors in global locations
  • Functional classes – Beginner to Pro
  • New classes & content providers added regularly
  • Workouts in multiple languages
  • Upload your own content via the Connect feature
  • Easily search and save your favorite classes
  • Fitness inspiration! Discover new classes with our innovative content collections

 “Fitness and wellness have become a top priority for travelers, with studies showing that 48% of guests rank a property’s wellness options as ‘very important,’” says Volo’s CEO, Benjamin Londa. “With hotels adapting to the new normal, the option of an in-room fitness amenity could very well become a necessity.”

Your guests can opt-in for a 24 hour free trial, and then pay for a simple, low-cost subscription plan should they wish to continue using Volo Fitness after their stay. If you’re not already using Volo Fitness or Volo in-room tablets in general, reach out to us and we can get you started.

How Real-Time Engagement Impacts Hotel Guest Experiences

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This article was contributed by our partner, Benbria Corporation.

For the modern traveler, technology has become an essential part of almost every stage of their journey. Whether to research a hotel, purchase an excursion or communicate with staff, the reliance on technology can’t be ignored.

And although this tells us that having technology in place is crucial for hotelier survival, it also points to signs of a desire for immediate interaction. In fact, today 71% of customers expect real-time communication and 60% of customers want quick support to their inquiry.

As the landscape continues to evolve for hotels, real-time communication becomes paramount for effective communication, empowering customers to reach out and plan their trips on their own schedule.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at the current state of real-time communication, and how it can impact your hotel guest experience in the years to come.

The State of Hotel Communication

Historically, real-time engagement could be defined by a phone call or text message to concierge. However, today, many channels allow for immediate conversation. Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter are growing in popularity, with customers reaching out on more than one channel and expecting conversations on two or more channels. 

Immediacy has quite evidently become an essential part of the experience. It allows customers to continue on their whim of planning with little interruption or delay. Those who aren’t meeting customer expectations can experience a ripple in reputation and lose out on valuable loyalty. Let’s explore this further with how real-time directly impacts hoteliers.

How Real-Time Impacts Hoteliers

Seamless Requests & Alerts

For the hotelier, real-time communication allows for a seamless flow of conversation. Whether you choose to notify a guest when their room is ready, send updates on room service, or alert guests of COVID-19 precautions, it’s a great way to keep guests alert. 

And it works both ways. 

Guests can also leverage real-time communication to request items and updates on services, streamlining operations and ensuring greater satisfaction. 

Room Service, Simplified 

Today, room service takes on a completely new meaning as hotels around the globe opt for responsive and real-time devices. Instead of having a physical menu and phone, in-room tablets have become a tool to offer an array of hotel services. 

For instance, in addition to restaurant menus, an in-room tablet can offer meal recommendations, spa packages, in-room fitness apps and a whole range of experience-enhancing services. This allows for up-selling your hotel’s offerings without the massive uplift.

Immediate Recovery

It’s been reported that  82% of consumers look for an immediate response from brands. In addition, “78% of customers expect your brand to solve their problem (regardless of how complex it might be) with a single contact”.

Real-time capabilities, such as asking for feedback or having a channel open for communication, can help deter negative sentiment online and encourage a healthy flow of communication. If a customer writes in, staff are immediately notified, so you can recover the experience and reduce churn. 

For the modern guest, having someone available to talk to in the moment can make all the difference in whether they leave with a good or bad experience. 

Holistic Engagement

Real-time opens up a new world of communication pre and post-stay that isn’t available with simple on-site communication. Rather than being restricted to in-stay, you can build a strategy (that includes upselling and collecting feedback) to continuously engage customers. 

With greater opportunity to start a conversation and build a loyal brand relationship, having real-time capabilities can help you stay top of mind and competitive.

Streamline Operations

Your guests aren’t the only ones impacted by real-time capabilities. In fact, your employees benefit from it greatly. 

With real-time capabilities, you can gamify the experience for hotel staff, encourage them to maintain a level of customer satisfaction, answer customer queries in record time, encourage friendly competition and so on. 

Further, with real-time insights, your team can hold regular meetings at the beginning or end of their shift to ensure employees are performing to your brand standards.

Strategically Enhance Future Stays

Insights gathered from real-time conversations can help you understand trends to forecast for the future. Understand busy times of day, average customer sentiment and trending topics that can shape future experiences. 

As an example, knowing what days customers are writing in can help you schedule employee shifts. In addition, knowing trending topics like “very clean” or “great service” can help you allocate spend and resources accordingly.

Taking the First Step Towards Real-Time Engagement

Implementing real-time capabilities comes with its benefits. From deterring negative sentiment to streamlining back-end operations and keeping your team on top of hotel trends, it’s a great way to grow your business. 

However, taking the first step can be complex if you’re new to real-time engagement. With so many channels available and no previous data to build a strategy, it can get overwhelming. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. 

With a customer experience solution, you get a team of dedicated experienced specialists to assist you every step of the way. In addition, managing channels is simplified as you can consolidate all guest conversations into a single inbox; Facebook, Twitter, email, it all gets sent to a unified inbox for immediate response. Saving employees time toggling between tabs.

Further, an experience solution can provide you with detailed insights on customer sentiment and operational performance. Whether you’re looking to gain insight on time to respond or the average sentiment of a customer, an experience solution can consolidate data on a customizable dashboard that suits your needs. 

For hoteliers, engaging guests in real-time is a great way to build a solid reputation and reduce churn. As expectations continue to sore and businesses become more competitive, offering real-time communication and feedback can keep you ahead of the curve.

Top 5 Tech Products Your Hotel Needs Right Now

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Though hotels have been slow to adopt technology historically, hotel tech adoption is accelerating faster than ever. Since COVID-19, quick technology adoption within the hotel industry has become vital. And with technology, hotels can do more with less. The right technology can enable hotels to operate with fewer employees and thus reduces the property’s staffing needs, which is paramount in today’s staff shortage crisis. Here are five tech products your hotel needs during the pandemic and even after to keep up with customer expectations, employee safety, and more.

1. Up-selling Via In-room Tablets

Up-selling is a newer trend that’s becoming more imperative. The front desk is no longer the only party responsible for up-selling – Reservation, Concierge, and Guest Relationship departments all play a part

Volo can generate revenue through a variety of up-sell and cross-sell opportunities. Volo is an in-room tablet solution that gives your guests interactive, touchscreen access to all of your hotel amenities. Volo proves to be a profit center, not a cost, by driving revenue through up-sells and cross-sells of food, beverage, and amenities, and even push notifications for promotions or direct bookings. Volo also helps save money by ensuring real-time service recovery and improved reputation management, and cost savings from staff efficiency and reduced printing. Ultimately, more engagement and a better guest experience translate to real and measurable value to any hotel.

2. Guest Messaging

Guest Messaging Software (GMS) is a software platform that enables hotels to engage with their guests through various messaging apps in real-time. The messaging software allows hotels to send transactional messages, reply to guests, and manage guest requests. With this kind of text messaging platform, hotels can increase guest engagement, improve customer service scores, and get insight to their guests’ experiences.

Until now, most businesses have held back from using popular messaging services in the belief that they are reserved for chatting with friends and family. However, recognition of the convenience of real-time text chats with hotel guests is growing. Most guests would simply rather send hotel staff a message than call or speak in person. 

Hotels will need to have the necessary resources in place to handle real-time texts in order to ensure acceptable response times or that a chatbot can answer the most common queries. Messaging is an area where artificial intelligence is helping. Messaging AI can even be used to simply route conversations to the right departments. The benefits are likely to be increased customer satisfaction levels and up-selling opportunities.

The Loop Experience Platform’s messaging service allows guests to chat with your staff seamlessly. Loop is an omni-channel service that aggregates all of your messaging channels – whether it be email, SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter Direct Messages, or other service. With Loop, you have the necessary resources in place to handle real-time texts in order to ensure acceptable response times.

3. Staff Tipping

Tipping has always been an essential part of the hospitality industry. Tips don’t just help hotel staff make ends meet; they contribute to a culture of financial wellness and security. However, fewer guests carry cash on them than in earlier years.  With eTip, your guests can tip your housekeeping or concierge staff with the touch a button without needing cash. Tipping has never been easier or more convenient, and your staff will certainly appreciate it!

As COVID-19 spreads, many hotels instituted new contact-less measures of check-in, amplified deep-cleaning methods, and other hygienic implementations to assure guests’ safety and reduce physical interaction without losing that personal, human touch that sets hospitality apart. However, these new touchless practices are by no means exclusive to a pandemic year. Tipping methodologies are part of that touch-less change, too. Hotels are adopting cash-less tipping solutions like eTip to help reduce the spread of germs while keeping staff paid well.

4. In-room Fitness

With in-room tablets, your guests can enjoy workouts in the comfort of their room. Guests will benefit from complimentary on-demand and live classes viewed on a tablet in the privacy of their rooms with no time constraints or the need to access a gym or fitness equipment. Our fitness partner’s platform allows for you to save money on staffing and maintaining a fitness center. 

“Fitness and wellness has become a top priority for travelers, with studies showing that 48% of guests rank a property’s wellness options as ‘very important,’” says Volo Solutions President and CEO, Benjamin Londa. “With hotels adapting to the new normal, the option of an in-room fitness amenity could very well become a necessity.”

Guests are also becoming increasingly concerned with the health and safety of themselves in crowded and unkept spaces. A hotel’s gym is no exception. Give guests multiple options for fitness opportunities by adding an in-room fitness feature to your in-room tablets. 

5. Panic Buttons

With the sweeping implementation of new safety standards and legislations, hoteliers are quickly shifting focus towards employee protection. Historically, the hospitality industry has been guest-centric, but recently there’s been more attention to employee safety. Even before the pandemic, reports of unsafe working conditions for hotel staff were in the media. Fortunately, technology is now able to keep workers safe. Next-generation panic buttons are leading the way as the true future of worker safety. 

Panic buttons also serve to reduce any legal fees, maintain your hotel’s reputation, can be deployed quickly on-site, and are just the right thing to have on your property.

Things You Can Do With Volo In-Room Tablets – Make a Reservation

Make a reservation at your hotel’s restaurant with an in-room tablet

Volo aims to deliver state-of-the-art software solutions to hotels and AirBNBs across the world. There are a plethora of things you and your guests can do with Volo’s in-room tablet interface. From scheduling wake-up calls to making a dinner reservation, there are so many ways that Volo gives your guests a better travel experience.

In this blog post, we’ll cover one of the most crucial parts of a vacation – food! Going out to eat and exploring local cuisine is essential while traveling. Volo tablets give your guests ample choices for dining at your hotel’s restaurant or around the block.

Champion Your Hotel’s Restaurant

Have a restaurant or dining area on-site? We’ll display your restaurant’s menu, photos, hours, and more on our in-room tablets. With Volo, it’s easy to advertise your hotel’s restaurant and keep your guests on-campus. 

Once on your restaurant’s page, users can easily view your menu, make a reservation for any size party, and even meet your staff. 

You can use this page to include important updates about your restaurant, whether it be new COVID-19 restrictions, deals, or other news. Volo tablets also allow for sending push notifications, which means you’re able to send alerts, vouchers, restaurant discounts, or other messages directly to your guests before they even open your restaurant’s page.

Showcase Other Restaurant Options

Know the best dining spots near your hotel? Working with you, we’ll put together a list of local flavor destinations on every in-room tablet. Or, we can do all the heavy lifting for you by researching the best restaurants near your hotel.

Once a comprehensive list of restaurants has been created, users can browse for whatever they’re feeling at that moment. Whether the cuisine is Indian, American, sushi, or even frozen yogurt, your guests can choose which restaurant they want to support. Users can also read restaurant descriptions, view photos, and more. 

Give Your Guests What They Want

Having food options built into your rooms makes for a better guest experience. Food is an essential part of traveling, and without proper direction, your guests will look elsewhere or get frustrated with the lack of care.

Interested in amplifying your hotel’s restaurant or local scene? Send us a message to set up a no-obligation demo for your hotel or AirBNB. 

How In-Room Tablets Can Solve Hotel Staff Shortages In The Wake Of COVID-19

Hotel staff shortages in the wake of covid 19

Hotels across the world are struggling to find and retain staff in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages are a problem in every department of a hotel, but particularly with operational positions. Requests are going unanswered, check-in queues are growing long, and hotels cannot uphold the same level of service standards as before. However, new technologies pose solutions that are well within the average hotel’s reach. 

Why Is There a Staff Shortage? 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many hotel staff were laid off or experienced reduced working hours. Some were forced out of their roles because their employers downsized or even shuttered as travel bans were enacted. Other hoteliers and staff have been “rage quitting” in search of better pay and working conditions. As a result, many have decided to move on or try out a job in a different field, often with a higher salary. In fact, about one-third of former hospitality workers won’t return to the industry because they want higher pay, better benefits, and a new work environment in the wake of COVID-19. 

The Effects of Staff Shortages in Hotels 

Even as shutdowns have been lifted, many hotels are only operating at partial capacity because of their staff shortages. This creates massive revenue decline for hotels across the world. 

With fewer staff members comes reduced maintenance and housekeeping hours, dining and food options, front desk assistance, and an overall guest experience. With rooms to clean and guests waiting in the lobby, hotel staff don’t have much time to consider revenue management. To make matters worse, when guests have a poor experience, they’re likely to leave a negative review on travel sites such as TripAdvisor, tell their friends about it or post on their social media networks.

However, hotels need to do everything in their power to optimize the returning demand that is now booming in many regions. Luckily, one alternative that hotels can turn to is to outsource a solution. 

How Volo’s Tablets Solve Hotel Staff Shortage Problems 

Our clients mention that they view the tablets as an extension of their staff, even before the pandemic. Here are only some of Volo’s features that can help with staff shortages in the hotel industry: 

Fewer front-desk calls. Volo’s software alerts back-end staff when a request is submitted so your front-desk staff aren’t bogged down answering phone calls. Volo’s tablets are also equipped with up-to-date menus, protocols, and more to keep guests informed without needing to call down to the front desk. 

Better feedback generation. A hotel simply cannot afford to let their guests leave without knowing if they were completely satisfied with their stay. Save time by having Volo ask for you how a guest’s experience was. Capture any negative feedback quickly while the guest is still onsite to avoid a guest writing publicly online about their experience. Otherwise, busy staff at your hotel might not hear them and a negative review on TripAdvisor could surface. 

In-room activities. Allow your guests to enjoy games, streaming, and even workouts in the comfort of their own room. This eliminates or reduces the need for common game rooms, activity centers, and fitness centers to be cleaned as often or even staffed. 

Increased connection. With the inclusion of staff photos and bios, along with the customization of brand and specific facility information, Volo tablets serve to remind guests that there is a human element operating for their comfort and safety, even if there are fewer humans working for you. Real-time chat messaging and immediate responses to requests ensure that guests and staff can be in constant communication if they desire. 

Jump on board fast with flexible and cost-effective solutions from Volo! If Volo’s in-room tablets seem like they could help you, please reach out to us to schedule a quick demo for your business.

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Gauging Guest Satisfaction On-Site With In-Room Tablets

Gauging guest satisfaction with reviews

It happens.  A guest has left a negative review on TripAdvisor or has commented on your beautiful Instagram post speaking to the displeasure of their stay.  Online reviews are public and the only thing you can do once they are out there is to perform quick damage control.  What if you could get ahead of this negative attention with the most simple and discrete in-room function? Volo can help you and your guests stay on the same page ensuring that future informed travelers receive more good word of mouth than bad.

Potential guests begin forming an opinion about your hotel before ever stepping foot on your property. They do so by combing through review sites and checking multiple social media platforms for more information. The online reputation of a hotel takes considerable time to curate and is more competitive sport than passive advertisement these days. While your hotel’s online presence may include gorgeous pictures and witty posts, you cannot easily control what guests say on social media platforms, including reviews posted to TripAdvisor. And while there is great advice out there for responding to negative reviews and comments, it is certainly easier to deal with an unhappy customer privately before they have the chance to post on a public forum.

On-site, delivering excellence at every turn with impeccable service and noteworthy amenities is the goal for every hotelier and staff member.  The challenge with this commitment is in the expectations and varied ways that guests evaluate the quality of their stay.  Unique, too, is how guests prefer to voice their pleasure or lack thereof.  Although every hotel has its share of squeaky wheel guests, it is extremely common for your staff to not know a stay at your hotel was less than stellar until a negative review pops up on social media or online travel sites. 

Traditional methods of measuring guest experience often miss the mark.  All guests want to feel like they are important and that their feedback is being received. But most surveys have a poor response rate and are often not read until after the guest checks out. These after the fact results do nothing to mitigate bad online posts. Therefore, a method that immediately takes stock of satisfaction is key to greater guest experience. 

Enter Volo in-room concierge tablets. The onsite recovery feature we provide is perhaps the most simple yet effective function of our application and has the potential to increase future revenue for your property.  A daily message delivered to each guest asks “Are you enjoying your stay?” with the option to click a thumbs up or thumbs down in answer to the question.  A negative answer is immediately sent to your front desk so that staff can address problems while the guest is still onsite.  Managing these responses and personally attending to any issues ensures you get ahead of any negative reviews. The straightforward nature of the question and discrete way to respond is attractive to guests who would otherwise hold their tongue.  Knowing that you want their feedback and will respond accordingly boosts guest satisfaction.   

Message to guest. "Are you enjoying you stay?"
One simple question lets you gauge a guest’s satisfaction with their stay.

The bottom line is, a hotel simply cannot afford to let their guests leave without knowing if they were completely satisfied. Positive assurance lets you know that a guest felt well attended to during their time at your property and allows you to manage their next stay accordingly. Receiving negative responses allows you the chance to personally and privately smooth over any issue.  Either way, you have likely sidestepped a surprise negative review, therefore keeping your online reputation manageable and intact.  Contact Volo today to learn more about our guest recovery functionality and other ways we can help you deliver high-level guest satisfaction.