Two PCH Hotels & Resorts Properties Among
Best of Best with Help of GuestWare
CRM Software, SpectraLink NetLink Wireless Telephones
Accelerate Guest Response Processes
FLORENCE AND BIRMINGHAM, ALA.— November 29, 2006 — Two of Alabama’s premier hotels, already recognized for their superior guest service, have raised guest satisfaction levels even higher with the help of GuestWare, the lodging industry’s leading customer relationship management system. The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, located in Birmingham, and the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, Florence, are now among Marriott International’s top hotels nationwide in terms of guest satisfaction. Managers at both hotels credit GuestWare for helping them achieve such high scores.

The two properties, both managed by PCH Hotels & Resorts, implemented GuestWare shortly after opening in summer 2005. GuestWare’s Rapid Response software is the engine that drives the hotels’ Delighted to Serve (DTS) and At Your Service (AYS) call center systems. GuestWare ensures that calls coming into the Renaissance DTS and Marriott AYS lines are replied to quickly and efficiently. The NetLink Wireless Telephones are used at both hotels to further increase the speed at which guest issues are handled. Using the hotels’ existing WiFi infrastructure, the NetLink handsets support two-way text messaging with GuestWare.

Call Center Steps Automated

When a guest or staff person at the 258-room Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa has a request or problem that needs to be addressed, they dial the hotel’s DTS call center. Calls received there are answered by up to three associates. The calls are then logged into GuestWare. Depending on the nature of a call, a page is automatically sent from GuestWare to a bellman, housekeeper, engineer or security guard. A text message then appears on the employee’s NetLink handset.

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
After receiving the page, the associate can acknowledge receipt and close out the call with a few simple phone button clicks. This sends a message and automatically closes the call in GuestWare. If the first page is not acknowledged by the NetLink handset carrier, an alarm will sound within GuestWare. The GuestWare system enables the guest response team to allow messages to “escalate.” If an engineer does not answer a page, the message automatically forwards to management to alert them of the problem.

Unlike other communication systems used with guest response software, the SpectraLink handset not only acts like a paging device but also as an office phone. Two-way text messaging eliminates the labor associated with radio communication and provides more accountability. SpectraLink handsets fully integrate with all major enterprise Voice over IP (VOIP) and PBX platforms.

“If a runner does not acknowledge a page in time, you can still call them,” says Tyron Smith, front desk manager at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. “There are two ways to reach someone on the device.”

At the 200-room Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, guests push an AYS button on their in-room phone when they have a request or a problem to report. When the hotel’s call center is busy, as many as three associates log calls into GuestWare. The software’s user-friendly Request Entry screen uses customizable hot buttons and drill-down menus to make it easy to log a call.

“If, for example, a housekeeper does not respond to a call in 15 minutes, the call will escalate to our director of services and then our director of operations,” says Nancy Byrd, assistant to the general manager and AYS supervisor at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa. “GuestWare holds all parties accountable from the very first keystroke. We aim for a 15-minute response time.”

Byrd says most calls logged into GuestWare at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa originate from housekeeping.

“If a housekeeper is cleaning a room and notices a light bulb is out, or observes other problems, that employee will call us,” Byrd says. “Or, if a guest requests a bellman, we will log that in. Our goal is to have more staff-reported calls than guest-reported ones.”

If there is something that cannot be fixed immediately, an employee at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa will enter a code on the SpectraLink handset to create a work order, which is automatically recorded in GuestWare. The work order system gives the Renaissance and Marriott properties the ability to monitor closed and open work orders, work orders outstanding, and the cost for each work order.

Personalization Made Easy

GuestWare’s Guest Recognition system enables both hotels to personalize the stay of each guest. GuestWare interfaces with the two hotels’ property management systems, automatically building and maintaining a database of repeat guests. When guests call the DTS or AYS call centers, the PMS interface allows each person’s name to automatically fill in when their room numbers are entered into GuestWare.

GuestWare updates the profile of every guest who has a problem. When the guest returns, each issue the guest had during previous stays appears on the arrivals report. GuestWare’s two-way interface with the hotel’s PMS integrates global profile information coming from Marriott Rewards and adds local GuestWare preferences and issues to provide a comprehensive single view of all customer information. This gives each hotel’s staff a streamlined arrivals process and the information they need to honor and reward their most loyal guests.

GuestWare provides both hotels with the ability to identify recurring trends because every incident entered into the system is automatically stored in a database that can be accessed for trend analysis and process improvement. 

The hotels produce Daily Executive Summary reports that include information such as top 10 incidents, a breakdown of all requests by department, and the elapsed time it took to respond to each one. Smith says by analyzing one recent report, he was able to pinpoint concerns guests were having with wireless Internet service charges. Byrd says her team meets monthly to review GuestWare incident reports. At these meetings, the most frequent incidents from the previous month are addressed.

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa personnel also enter as much comment card information as they can into GuestWare. This ensures guests have the best possible stay.

“Year to date, we are ranked No. 6 in guest satisfaction out of 343 full-service Marriotts,” Byrd says. “We have been as high as No. 2. GuestWare has had a significant impact. It allows us to respond to calls in a timely manner and helps us anticipate the needs of our guests.”

Smith says the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is currently No. 1 in overall guest satisfaction among 68 hotels in its region.

“GuestWare definitely has helped improve guest satisfaction,” he says.

With their commitment to utilizing the lodging industry’s best software and communication tools, there is no doubt that the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa and Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa will continue to establish new benchmarks in guest service quality. Thanks to GuestWare, both hotels now have the tools they need to respond quickly to guest requests, identify and eliminate recurring issues, lower operating costs, improve employee productivity, and deliver a first-class, personalized guest experience.

About GuestWare:

GuestWare provides property and enterprise CRM solutions specifically to the lodging industry with more than 700 hotel customers and more than 15 PMS interfaces. GuestWare enables hotels and management companies to streamline and enhance service delivery and guest recognition processes. GuestWare was the first company to develop a comprehensive Rapid Response problem resolution system integrated with guest recognition and essential to successful customer relationship management.

GuestWare is developed, marketed, implemented and supported by Diversified Computer Corp., Seattle. GuestWare’s suite of software products includes Enterprise, Guest Recognition, Rapid Response, Incident Tracking, Facilities Maintenance, Comment Card Tracking and Communication Server. For more information about GuestWare, go to www.guestware.com, or contact Mike Benjamin at (888) 504-8378.



Mike Benjamin, Vice President
Diversified Computer Corp.
(888) 504-8378
E-mail: mike.benjamin@guestware.com

Glenn Hasek, President
Hasek Communications
(440) 243-2055; cell: (216) 702-0334
E-mail: hasekcom@aol.com

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