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The WorkNomads Lab Hotel Selects INTELITY for Mobile Guest Experience

The WorkNomads Lab Hotel guestroom

INTELITY®, a provider of guest experience and staff operations platform, announced today a new deal with The WorkNomads Lab Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria. The newly opened, mixed-use hotel will implement INTELITY’s mobile offerings, including a branded mobile app, mobile check-in, mobile key, and GEMS®, Guest Experience Management System — INTELITY’s suite of staff-facing tools.

Located in Bulgaria’s capital city, The WorkNomads Lab Hotel is the country’s largest coliving hotel and features a mix of both hotel rooms, and flexible coliving and coworking spaces well-appointed for living and working in a post-pandemic world. With onsite offerings, including communal kitchens, office areas, a bar and restaurant, rooftop amenities, and a laundry room, The WorkNomads Lab Hotel is ideal for younger guests and remote workers looking for a modern approach to work, travel, and beyond.

“Today’s younger, digital-savvy guests crave a personalized and seamless experience,” said Katrien Meire, Founder and Executive Director at WorkNomads. “With the INTELITY platform, we are able to not only achieve this, but also get guests checked into their rooms as conveniently as possible. This allows our team members to serve guests in other ways and provide the flexible, modern experience our guests expect in their daily lives and at The WorkNomads Lab Hotel.”

With a branded mobile app powered by the INTELITY platform, contactless service and digital amenities will be available to The WorkNomads Lab Hotel’s guests, as well as longer-term residents and workers, throughout their stay. By downloading the property’s app, guests can enjoy the convenience of using their mobile devices to check-in, check-out, place in-room dining orders, and make service requests. The branded app also allows guests to bypass the front desk and access their room key directly from their mobile phone. Additionally, INTELITY’s back-of-house workflow management system, GEMS, automates guest requests and work orders, streamlines services, and delivers business insights to the management team.

“We are very pleased to welcome The WorkNomads Lab Hotel to the INTELITY family of properties,” said Robert Stevenson, CEO of INTELITY. “The INTELITY platform is well adapted to hotel, mixed-use, and residential use cases, and we’ve seen increasing utilization in new areas matching the global shifts in flexible working and travel. Katrien and her team’s vision for WorkNomads is moving the dial when it comes to providing a modern work-travel experience, and, by adding the INTELITY platform, we couldn’t be more excited to help them elevate this experience even further.”


FitnessOnDemand to Collaborate with Marriott Bonvoy

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Fitness OnDemand™, a provider of premium fitness content for clubs and hospitality fitness centers, announces a collaboration with Marriott Bonvoy®, Marriott International’s travel program and marketplace, to offer members free access to a range of virtual fitness classes that travelers can access from the comfort of their hotel room, the beach, pool, or hotel gym. Guests can either access content online or via the FitnessOnDemand™ app across 450+ hotels in Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

The new collaboration with FitnessOnDemand now makes it simple for Marriott Bonvoy members to access guided yoga, meditation – as well as all kinds of specialty workouts – in the privacy of their hotel rooms or anywhere they may choose on the hotel grounds.

“A lot of hotel travelers are looking for relaxation on vacation or to unwind after a busy work trip meeting,” said Uday Anumalachetty, divisional vice president, FitnessOnDemand. “Members at participating hotels can now access a large catalog of on-demand, cardio and specialty classes that get the heart pumping; or a wide variety of self-guided meditation sessions and instructor-led yoga classes that help them de-stress and refresh – all from the privacy of their own hotel room. No prior experience is needed so any guest can try something invigorating and new to them or find a class that helps them stay on track with familiar workouts from home.”

Collaboration based on survey findings

The collaboration follows research conducted by Marriott Bonvoy among 16,000 adults across Europe, the Middle East and Africa into their fitness habits and attitudes to exercising while away from home.  Results from the research show that one fifth of all U.K. travelers feel unfit if they fail to work out while traveling and, of those that do workout 42% said that they exercise on vacation because it is good for their mental wellbeing and helps them to return home in a better state of mind. A third of South Africans (33%) believe exercise allows them to spend time alone and prioritize their self-care. Yoga and mindful meditation are particularly important to hotel guests across the different countries, with the majority saying they would like to take up yoga and to try meditation on vacation but feel they don’t have access to the tools they need.

The survey also revealed different approaches to exercise habits while on vacation across the countries. The British were the most idle with only 53% saying they work out on vacation, in comparison to over the 90% of residents of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia who proactively work out while away. Three quarters of Italians and Spanish travelers make a conscious effort to exercise on holiday, with a third of those not normally working out at home, showing an increased interest in fitness while away.  It seems that French travelers most like to indulge on holiday, with a third exercising because they feel the need to burn off the extra calories they consume through the food and alcohol they consume while away. Despite the best of intentions, seven in 10 Germans (71%) who exercise on holiday have suffered a workout faux pas, with nearly a quarter (23%) getting lost when going for a run or cycle in the local area

This new initiative offers Marriott Bonvoy members at participating locations free access to a wide range of virtual fitness classes that people can access either online or via the FitnessOnDemand app, giving full flexibility to members to work out how and when they choose. Members are offered a seven-day access of the FitnessOnDemand workout platform every time they stay at a participating hotel in more than 450 hotels and resorts across Europe, Middle East & Africa.

To enrol in Marriott Bonvoy and discover how to blend travel with staying on track with exercise visit To access FitnessOnDemand, members simply scan a QR code provided by each participating hotel, complete their registration details to receive a verification email and connect online or via the app. Although Marriott Bonvoy members receive a complimentary seven-day access to the platform on each hotel stay, they have the option to continue using it longer by subscribing for $5.99/month via the mobile app on any iOS or Android device.


GoTab Introduces Manager App

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GoTab  introduces Manager App, a native mobile application delivering centralized access to management tools that improve daily operations and guest experiences on the go. Available in the App Store and Google Play, the Manager App provides GoTab Operators deep visibility into store-level reporting and unmatched features that enable restaurant, brewery and other venue management to make smart decisions that optimize operations, improve profitability and enhance the guest experience instantaneously.

“In order to scale efficiently, operators need full transparency into what’s going on inside the four walls of their business, even when they’re not there,” said GoTab Co-Founder & CEO, Tim McLaughlin. “With the Manager App, we’re providing detailed access to real-time data at one or all locations, allowing managers to make immediate changes to shifts, menus, inventory and more, from anywhere using their mobile device. This will be a game-changing solution for operators focused on growth and multi-unit efficiency.”

71% of respondents say using data to understand guest preferences and behavior is a top business driver impacting POS upgrade decisions, according to HT’s 2023 POS Software Trends Report.

GoTab’s Manager App's mobile dashboard provides transparency into reporting and analytics and gives operators total control over menu, kitchen and inventory management as well as real-time loyalty and discounts for improved guest service.

With the GoTab Manager App, operators can drive efficiency through tools including:

  • Operate: Control operations with the ability to view previous tabs, instantly refund or close open tabs as well as proactively interact with guests via two-way SMS or email communication based on real-time customer feedback.
  • Configure: Update menus, products, and schedules on the fly. Keep up with the demands of a changing shift. Accommodate a last-minute event or guests with customizable and open zones (revenue centers) in minutes.     
  • Adapt: Meet the demands of seasonality, weather, or bolster quick demand via flash sales.      Rules and notices allow you to quickly adapt with discounts, promotions and business updates. Manage digital gift cards and quickly add guests to new segments on the go.                                         
  • Understand: Manage kitchen inventory and update stock on the fly, access daily sales and product mix summaries. Set up accounting streams to fit any operation and use data and reporting tools to view payments, deposits and more.     

Unified Office Receives Patent for its Concierge Portal Offering for the Hospitality Industry

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Unified Office, Inc., a managed services provider offering highly reliable, cloud-based, business communications services, IoT services, and business analytics, announced that the US Patent Office has issued them a U.S. Design Patent for its Unified Office Concierge Services offering, an in-room, tablet-based, portal and Telephone System with Customized Advertising Functionalities for the hospitality industry.  This patent covers the technology used in Unified Office’s business communications platform for the hospitality industry that enables hotel operators to return passive revenue generation to their hotel rooms. This platform helps hotels to operate more efficiently, while improving the overall guest experience. This is the fourth patent awarded to Unified Office for innovative offerings that run on top of its patented High Quality Reliable ProtocolTM (HQRPTM) network platform.

Unified Office’s Concierge Services offering serves as an in-room communications portal that provides capabilities for sponsored advertisements and the opportunity for hotels to create passive revenue generation from local businesses such as local tourist venues, spas, gyms, and local restaurant establishments.  Hotels can advertise their own “in hotel” services in addition to that. The Unified Office Concierge platform also helps hotel staff work more effectively by routing guest service requests to the nearest hotel staff member best suited to service their needs. Hotel rooms can once again serve as meaningful profit centers.

“Hotel facility operators are experiencing very rapid and dynamic changes in their businesses,” said Ray Pasquale, Founder & CEO of Unified Office. “Our concierge services platform takes functionality far beyond the ordering of services requested from guests.  We designed it in response to the common needs of the hospitality industry, first to improve their overall communications services and then to help them with their operational productivity, bringing their customer experience to new levels while simultaneously expanding opportunities for increasing revenues.”

Unified Office’s Concierge Services Platform integrates with leading hotel management and messaging services such as Opera, Synergy, and Kipsu to provide full customer visit, bookings, and preference details with each incoming call, along with other productivity tools. Hotel staff can answer and transfer calls from any device, from any location. They can also easily change their messages on hold, voicemail, and text messages, and add customized work flows dynamically whenever they choose. Managers can also use Unified Office’s analytics to create an at-a-glance view of customer service responsiveness in real-time for pending guest requests for housekeeping, front desk, room service, concierge services, and other guest services.

Summary of Benefits:

  • Integration with leading hotel customer management software.
  • Centralized operations portal to remotely view, configure and manage communications services, including dialing schemes, messaging, and workflows.
  • No more dropped or clipped calls, busy signals, placing customers on hold, or sending them to voicemail.
  • The ability to customize communications work flows that reflect operational needs.
  • Uniformity of services enables staff to easily bring their offices home with them or wherever they happen to be throughout the facilities on any given day.
  • A hybrid, on-premise and cloud-based solution that enables the highest quality VoIP offering available with the most reliable and resilient service platform.
  • Business continuity that eliminates downtime by finding and fixing problems in most cases before the customer becomes aware of them.
  • Superior customer service, 24X7, provided by Unified Office.
  • Rapid installation of services without interrupting their business.
  • Real-time analytics for customer service training, coaching, and other types of operational performance assessments.
  • Cost savings from eliminating outdated systems, expensive legacy PBXs, and the need for costly legacy T1 lines and MPLS circuits.
  • A single end-to-end managed service solution provided by one vendor means one call gets it all done with one partner.

“We are gratified to receive this fourth patent from the U.S. Patent Office, said Ray Pasquale, Founder & CEO of Unified Office. “This further strengthens Unified Office’s position as an innovator and proven technology leader in the marketplace. Our innovations are designed to help customers improve operations, generate higher levels of customer satisfaction, increase customer retention, and in many cases, increase revenues and profitability.”

Unified Office’s first two patents were for its highly reliable, secure, High Quality Reliable ProtocolTM (HQRP™) transmission network platform, the foundation of Unified Office’s Total Connect Now managed services platform. Unified Office’s HQRP™ platform solves the quality and reliability problems inherent with Cloud-based VoIP/UC offerings. It’s third patent was for its Visual Performance Suite, which provides advanced business analytics for a real-time view of changes in operational performance levels and other actionable intelligence.


RoomRaccoon Integrates with Epos Now to Enhance Payment Processes for Independent Hotels

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RoomRaccoon, an all-in-one Hotel Management System, has announced a new integration with point-of-sale (POS) system, Epos Now. The two-way integration allows hotels to unify revenue streams in one central location, streamline payment processing and enhance the guest experience.

Integrating a hotel management system with POS technology allows hotels to accurately track guests’ payments throughout their stay. Now, with the joint effort of RoomRaccoon and Epos Now, hotels can easily process charges from anywhere on the property – from the restaurant to the spa – and give guests the freedom to settle their total when it’s time to check out.

The integration provides seamless communication between RoomRaccoon and Epos Now and generates coherent invoices for all the services offered at an establishment in real-time. Now, hotels can easily process orders from the Epos Now platform and automatically add the charge to the guest’s invoice in the RoomRaccoon PMS, making invoicing errors and billing inaccuracy a thing of the past.

Ryan Heaphy, Head of Strategic Partnerships EMEA at Epos Now, shares: “We're really excited about launching our partnership with RoomRaccoon. The connection is hugely beneficial as it allows our hotel customers to provide a seamless guest experience, unifying all purchases into one simple bill at checkout.” 

RoomRaccoon’s Head of Partnerships, Steven Reffin, shared: “RoomRaccoon is excited to welcome Epos Now to our growing marketplace. In addition to streamlining payment processes, the integration reduces data fragmentation and maintains accurate and holistic insights to give hoteliers a better sense of their property's performance. The integration also helps reduce time wasted operating a complex tech stack so that your staff can get back to what they do best – putting the guest first.”


Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus Deploys InnSpire’s Guest Journey App to Offer a Seamless Digital Guest Experience

Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus

InnSpire, a provider of a comprehensive technology suite that helps drive a seamless, world-class guest experience for some of the world’s most iconic hotels and brands, has been selected by the Columbia Beach Resort,  Pissouri in Cyprus to implement its Digital Guest Journey App solution at the property. The full-featured mobile phone-based solution allows guests at the resort to pre-check in and securely access their suites without having to carry a keycard; view menus, order in-room dining meals and drinks and snacks by the pool; send requests to the guest services team in real time; book restaurants, check their stay bill and access an extensive range of useful information—all from their own personal mobile device. 

InnSpire’s award-winning digital solutions allow the hotel’s various operational departments to work collaboratively and give guests complete control over their entire travel experience. At the Columbia Beach Resort, the App consolidates disparate guest systems within a single, easily accessible platform, providing travelers with seamless and highly personalized command over their stay at the property. 

“Our tech stack includes solutions from various providers that were not working seamlessly from the guest perspective, so our goal in deploying the InnSpire Guest Journey App was to centralize and manage our guest services within one convenient and easy-to-use system,” said Monica Coppetta, General Manager at the resort. “We are also highly focused on sustainability as an organization, so this digital solution helps us work toward our goal of reducing the adverse impact on the planet by eliminating the need to print brochures, menus, directories and other guest compendium materials.” 

Overlooking the secluded Pissouri Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus, Columbia Beach Resort is a five-star property, offering 169 luxurious suites. Amenities include an award-winning spa, as well as three gourmet restaurants and two large swimming pools with swim-up bars. 

“Our integration plan for the Columbia Beach Resort was focused on providing an all-in-one solution that solved operational challenges for hotel staff and management, while providing a seamless and convenient digital guest journey for the resort’s discerning guests,” said Martin Chevalley, InnSpire’s CEO. “Hotels today are looking for true technology solution partners, rather than individual systems working in silos. We are happy to be able to fulfill that need for the Columbia Beach Resort and look forward to the opportunity to work closely with their management team to bring a uniquely personal luxury experience to Cyprus.”