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Fairmont Hotels Installing Self-service Kiosks in All North America Hotels; Includes Guestroom Mapping and Airline Check-In Features
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TORONTO - June 7, 2005 - Building on its rich history of technology innovation, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today embarked on a plan to revolutionize the guest registration process by announcing plans to install self-service kiosks in its hotels in North America.  Deployed to service the ever-evolving expectations of business and leisure travelers alike, the brandís latest technology initiative will commence with an installation at Torontoís Fairmont Royal York. A rollout to outfit other Fairmont properties with the kiosks will follow later in the year.

Aimed at offering both choice and transparency to its clientele, Fairmontís kiosks will include an innovative and original guestroom selection feature; a first within the hotel industry.  Based on the initial reservation and pre-confirmed preferences, the guestroom selection feature, similar to the seat selection functionality offered by airline kiosks, will enable travelers to visually select a hotel room of their liking from a graphical map.

ďAt Fairmont, we take great pride in our ability to deliver technological innovation that improves the guest experience,Ē says Vineet Gupta, vice-president of technology at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. ďWe were the first hotel company to offer high-speed and wireless Internet access on a brand-wide basis.  Now weíre building on our core technology platform to provide our guests with the most sophisticated self-service solution in our industry.Ē

As a luxury brand, committed to utilizing the most comprehensive and innovative technology services available, Fairmont partnered with IBM, one of the worldís foremost leaders in advanced technologies, to deliver its tailored kiosk solution. The Fairmont Hotel Check-In solution is based on IBMís proven e-access Hotel Check-In Kiosk. IBM provided the kiosk hardware, middleware software, application development service, as well as implementation services and will also provide ongoing monitoring and management of Fairmontís kiosks.

Fairmontís self-service kiosks enable guests to efficiently check-in and out, personally select a room, receive their room key, and instantly enroll in the brandís guest loyalty program, Fairmont Presidentís Club.  Other advanced services and features of Fairmontís self-service kiosk solution include: 

  • The Wireless Guest Ambassador:  Using a wireless-enabled computer tablet, a roving and dedicated guest service agent will be close at hand to assist guests through the self-service process. Linked directly to the hotelís property management system, the Wireless Guest Ambassador will inform, educate, and add Fairmontís renowned personal touch to the check-in experience.
  • Airline Check-In: In conjunction with Air Canada, hotel guests will be able to use Fairmontís hotel-based kiosks to electronically check-in and obtain a boarding pass for any Air Canada flight, before departing for the airport. Intended to maximize traveler convenience by reducing the time spent in airport line-ups, Fairmont is planning to introduce this kiosk capability in late 2005.
  • Group Travel Features: As a component of Fairmontís digital arrival, meeting planners will have the ability to publish customized welcome messages and up-to-the-minute meeting agendas for conference delegates and meeting attendees. For added simplicity, the kiosk will be capable of printing this itinerary information during the check-in process.
Jeff Senior, Fairmontís senior vice president of sales & marketing believes the new kiosks are another symbol of the brandís promise of personalization. ďWeíre fully committed to welcoming all of our guests in the manner which they prefer, and are driven to developing processes and products that make it easy for our customers to do business with us.  By enhancing the arrival experience in its entirety, we are completely reinventing this process and putting control in the hands of our guests.Ē  Senior also sees the kiosks as an ideal solution for corporate travelers, which account for approximately 50 percent of the brandís business mix, ďThe new kiosks are another industry first for Fairmont and will be of particular interest to those who routinely travel and are looking to expedite the check-in processĒ

Fairmontís Technology Platform
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is the technology leader in the hospitality industry with a history of industry-leading innovation.  By unifying its core applications and network infrastructure across the portfolio, Fairmont has created a seamless communications platform capable of sharing information and promoting consistent operations across its entire brand.  In addition to meeting customer demand for wireless connectivity and high-speed Internet access, information and communications technology is helping improve customer service, streamline operations and manage costs.  Over the next several years, Fairmont will introduce a series of guest-facing services that will revolutionize the hotel experience for Fairmont guests.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Featuring a collection of fabled castles, secluded lodges, storied meeting places and modern retreats, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts opens the doors to some of the world's most celebrated addresses.  With locations throughout six countries, our 44 distinctive hotels - including The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs and Londonís Savoy - promise travelers unparalleled settings, rich experiences and lasting memories.  Future Fairmont Hotels & Resorts include The Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya (fall 2005) The Fairmont Cairo and The Fairmont Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas. 

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Contact:

Mike Taylor
Manager, Public Relations
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
p. 416-874-2457
mike.taylor@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com

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Also See: The Case for Self Service in Hospitality / Marvin Erdly and Amitava Chatterjee / Hospitality Upgrade Magazine / October 2003
Embassy Suites Will Have Self-service Registration Kiosks in 100% of Hotels by June 30, 2006 / February 2005

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