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Ariane Systems Brings Self-Service Check-in Technology to
Eastern Europe With Poland’s First PURO Hotel


New Wroclaw-based hotel chain caters to global Gen Y travelers with installation
of self-service check-in stations from Ariane Systems



Paris, France — April 20, 2011
Ariane Systems, the world leader in self-service check-in/out technology for the hospitality industry, has announced that their interactive check-in kiosks are being installed at Poland’s first PURO Hotel in Wroclaw. This installation by the innovative Wroclaw-based PURO hotel chain marks the first time ever that self-service check-in kiosks have been adopted in the Polish hotel market. The new PURO Hotel Wroclaw, which opened April 1st, features a centrally located self check-in desk in the lobby with four Ariane terminals to provide guests with quick and easy access to their guestrooms.

“PURO Hotels is a new concept of its kind in Poland and will be a complete revolution in this market,” said Lukasz Piekarski, Director of the 102-room PURO Hotel in Wroclaw. “We are integrating tech-savvy solutions that are not to be found in any other hotel facility in the country, including the self-service check-in.”

Using an intuitive interface designed by Ariane, the entire process from entering a reservation number to obtaining a room keycard typically takes less than 30 seconds from start to finish. The keycard also provides access to the elevator and PURO coffee machines. Guests who need to check-in without a previous reservation may do so, and will be prompted to pay with a credit card using the terminal.

“It is part of PURO Hotels’ visionary business strategy to provide an efficient, convenient and affordable stay for the increasingly sophisticated Gen Y traveler who is comfortable with new technologies, and that model includes an array of self-service options, including advance payment,” said Robert Karkulowski, Managing Director for VISIONTIME, the exclusive distributor for Ariane Systems in the Polish market. “As technology consultants, our approach is to offer a full-service solution, which includes Ariane Systems’ self-service kiosks with a payment system by Wincor Nixdorf, both of which were a perfect match for PURO’s new intelligent properties. Besides providing convenience for the guest and saving operational costs for the properties, we have also created a completely paperless check-in and out for PURO, which fits well with the “green” and sustainable initiatives that they have set in place as a chain.”

Other integrated solutions that VISIONTIME is providing for the new PURO Hotels include Protel PMS software and HAFELE RFID door locks, which also interface with the self check-in solution. The PURO chain expects to open eight additional hotel properties in Poland by 2015, including Krakow and Warsaw locations. All PURO properties will feature self-service check-in kiosks from Ariane Systems.

“We are very proud that PURO Hotels has chosen to partner with us on Poland’s very first foray into self check-in solutions for the hotel market,” said Laurent Cardot, CEO of Ariane Systems. “We expect this technology to grow rapidly in Eastern Europe, as more and more hoteliers in this region begin to realize the many benefits of providing automated and self-service options for their guests.”

For more information, please contact Christelle Pigeat at Ariane Systems at +1 (514) 295 5944, email cpigeat@ariane.com or visit www.ariane-systems.com.

About Ariane Systems | Ariane Systems is the world’s leading provider of self check-in / check-out technology solutions for the hospitality industry. Founded in 1998 by Michel Lavandier and Laurent Cardot, Ariane now has over 1,600 installations running at hotel properties in 20 countries. Numerous hotel chains utilize Ariane’s electronic kiosk solutions to streamline the check-in/out process. These include Accor, B&B Hotels, Choice Hotels, Fasthotel, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Capital’s Louvre Hotels, among others. With corporate headquarters based in Paris, France, Ariane Systems maintains regional offices in the UK, Germany, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, please visit www.ariane.com.
 
About VISIONTIME |  Based in Wroclaw, VISIONTIME focuses on providing solutions for computer networking and related technology systems for hotel chains and independent hotels in the Polish market. They represent such recognizable European hospitality technology brands as German protel hotelsoftware, GmbH (hotel software) and Ariane Systems (Hotel kiosks service check-in/check out), among others. For more information, please visit www.visiontime.pl.
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For more information, contact:
 
Christelle Pigeat
Ariane Systems North America
cpigeat@ariane-systems.com
Tel: +1 (514) 295 5944
 
Media Inquiries, contact:
Andrea Roland
Plan A Public Relations & Marketing, Inc.
andrea@planapr.com
Tel: +1 (407) 905 0608

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