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HITEC 2021 NEWS: youtip Celebrates Inaugural Year with a Pop-up Bar and Digital Donation Drive for HFTP Foundation

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This week at HITEC Dallas, hoteliers will experience the simplest, fastest digital tipping platform for hotel guests for the fledgling cashless economy. Called youtip, the enterprise gratuity solution with full reporting capabilities will be featured in Booth 3422 September 28 to 30 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Attendees can experience digital tipping firsthand at the youtip Pop Up Bar in Booth 3422, with all gratuities donated to the HFTP Foundation. The youtip platform is also powering all Foundation donations made in HFTP Booth 3622. Via a Glissner UV Smart Device Sanitation Kiosk, hoteliers can sterilize their mobile devices and scan a youtip QR code on the digital screen that will process HTFP donations. As a thank you, HFTP is holding a raffle; every $5 donated earns one chance to win a YETI cooler.

“youtip is the easiest way to tip hotel employees or make a quick donation to a non-profit,” said Doug Miles, youtip CEO. “As a true enterprise digital tipping solution, we’re able to quickly spin up full systems across many locations, under many brands, with multiple configurations – so it’s an honor to facilitate donations to HFTP Foundation, an important part of the hospitality world.”

Pop Up Bar Tips will be processed in Booth 3422 via youtip integration partner Volara, the voice hub for the hotel industry. Tippers will scan a QR code featured on a Volara-powered Google Nest Hub sitting atop the bar. Volara, exhibiting at HITEC Dallas in Booth 5305, provides platform agnostic voice-based conversation management software and a secure integrations hub that voice-enables existing hotel technologies. Its software turns the major natural language processing platforms into a business tool that drives more efficient customer service.

The youtip Pop Up Bar will be open:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, Noon to 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, Noon to 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, Noon to 2:00 p.m. CST


“HFTP is pleased to have youtip as a Foundation Partner,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. “Funding scholarships, research, and recognizing innovation are the reason the Foundation was started, and the youtip model is certainly among the leaders in innovation.”

A ‘First’ in Hospitality

youtip was founded in 2020 to serve as an enterprise system for digital gratuity. Designed to fit the needs of hotel brands, property management companies, and property ownership groups – youtip can push funds into clients’ payroll systems or directly to debit cards. The system is easily integrated with hotel payroll, time and attendance, and property-management systems and with major earned wage access providers.

“We’ve all been there. We want to tip service staff, such as the valet parking attendant, bellman or hotel housekeeper for jobs well done, but don’t have enough cash on hand to do so,” said Sarah Taveprungsenukul, youtip co-founder and chief commercial officer.  “Taking the time to download a gratuity app is inconvenient, especially for travelers who often find themselves in a time crunch to run to the ATM or who want to limit their exposure to handling germ ridden cash. We developed youtip as the easiest digital tipping solution in the market. Tippers scan a QR code displayed anywhere that is visible and convenient, such as a table tent card, a valet stand, on the in-room TV or smart speakers with digital displays, or on an employee’s badge/card. They can also click on links sent directly to them via text or email. This digital scan-and-tip system provides a quick and easy experience for guests and gives operators service feedback in seconds.”

youtip’s digital tipping screen can be accessed through multiple entry points via QR Codes, NFC, and/or hyperlinks. Tippers can use their digital wallet or debit/credit to tip from their smart phone within seconds, as youtip is PCI compliant and utilizes the built-in security of Apple’s Apple Pay and Google’s G Pay. Tips are easily disbursed to staff, hassle free, via payroll or directly to debit cards. The company charges a convenience fee on every transaction to the person leaving the tip. QR codes can be leveraged to process both pooled and individual gratuities.


To further celebrate its 1st Anniversary and inaugural HITEC, youtip is offering a 90 Day FREE trial to any hoteliers who sign up to test the digital tipping solution during the show. For more information call (855) 907-4899, email [email protected], or visit youtip in Booth 3422 at HITEC.

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