The hospitality industry is a diverse and constantly changing industry. Major sectors considered to be a part of the hospitality industry include lodging, food services, travel, tourism, recreation, etc. We are primarily focused in the lodging sector of the hospitality industry and the products that support it. With so many knowledgeable professionals working in the industry, new technological innovations are constantly being developed and created to help make lodging as advanced as it can be.
One example of technology that we think will become important in the hospitality industry is UV-C technology. Health and sanitation topics and awareness have dominated news broadcasts this year, and UV-C technology will help with those concerns. This technology has already started being used in hospitals and other medical facilities. Some of the functions UV-C technology offers include:
- Microscopic light that can detect and eliminate the ability of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms to reproduce or infect people.
- These wavelengths are so small that they have virtually no impact on human skin if someone were to quickly walk through it.
- Some hotels have started using robots with UV-C technology to clean halls and guest rooms using the technology.
- UV-C technology can be placed on machines with adjustable arms that staff can use to locate certain areas for disinfecting.
In 2021, we will be offering a UV Station to help keep your rooms clean and healthy. It will clean common items like mobile phones and remotes. Please check back in with us then to learn more about this product.
Another cool feature that more properties might want to consider is virtual reality. Virtual reality could be posting a video about taking a tour around your property and highlighting some of its features on your company website. Tours could be taken starting from the time a guest was to walk through the lobby to check in. The video could continue to show the guest rooms, living room, dining room, and other locations with neat attractions such as a swimming pool, a patio or deck highlighting spectacular views of the landscape, the spa or hot tub area for guests to relax. Virtual reality would be beneficial for guests who are looking to book a reservation for the first time and want to see what they can expect before making the final decision. Since remote work has become more common since COVID-19, this could become the norm in advertising.
Mobile Room Keys
More and more properties will continue switching to mobile room keys in the future. Guests will have the ability to access their room key on their smartphone through an app. This innovation will reduce the contact between employees and guests as there would no longer be an exchange of physical room keys or cards. It will also reduce the expense of replacing these items if they are lost or damaged. Time and space are saved in the managing of physical keys, and it is a more environmentally friendly option.
The hospitality industry is diverse and constantly changing and evolving and technology is an important part of these changes. InnStyle offers relevant technology like room safes, clocks with USB ports, and a phone charging station. If you would like to learn more about these products and other linens that we offer, please give us a call and speak with one of our friendly account managers. They would be happy to answer your questions and offer suggestions as well. We can be reached at 267-354-6020 or 800-877-4667. Our website is https://www.innstyle.com/.