Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Hotels are at Work for Your Extended Business Stays and Leisure

With so many people working remotely now, business opportunities for hotels are shifting to suit the demand of working ciientele. Working vacations are becoming more common during COVID and we’ve even heard stories about renters giving up their apartments and staying in hotels for weeks at a time to explore places they otherwise would never be able to visit for an extended period of time.  

Guests are opting for longer stays now because of the flexibility that remote work offers to the guests. Hotels are offering Extended Stay Packages consisting of discounted rates to ensure customer satisfaction.  With these longer stays, hotels are now expecting more work to take place in the hotels and have started to implement changes to make sure guests can productively get work done while in the comfort of their hotel. Some hotels are even offering Work From Hotel Packages that can include bonus amenities such as faster WiFi and a better view for your remote office. Definitely something to check out while we still have the flexibility to work from our computers! 

Another feature that many hotels are focusing on are their outdoor spaces. Creating spaces where guests can safely be outside and work from their computers can set a hotel apart from their competitors. By adding more dining and sitting areas outside for working and relaxing, guests can feel more comfortable spending work and leisure time at the hotel and will continue to come back and visit.

As the world starts to open back up, guests will appreciate the changes that are being made to the hotel industry.  And if you don’t want to take the time to check out deals on your own, both Kayak.com and Expedia.com can help with extended or longer stays.    

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Summer 2021 Travel Has Started Selling Out: Are You Ready?

After more than a year of being home-bound because of the pandemic, over two-thirds of Americans have

a “ready-to-travel” state-of-mind resulting in summer travel plans — 72.8% are expected to travel for leisure

within the next three months.  This sudden surge in bookings shows that many are locking in reservations

and rates before it’s too late.


At the same time, we know that many hoteliers have deferred maintenance and were slow to make repairs

and replace items.  Uninhabitable rooms were simply removed from available inventories during the

past year.  But all that has to stop now as occupancy rates are expected to exceed this summer to

2019 levels.  An accurate inventory of rooms and any maintenance required needs to be taken with the goal

of readying your hotel for 100% occupancy.


At the least, travelers are expecting improved hygiene and facilities — things like QR codes, contactless

check-in and plastic wrap on remotes.  But they are also looking for great amenities (like improved

guest rooms, on-site gyms, pool areas and restaurants) to make their first post-COVID family trips truly

special, memorable and safe.


Are you ready?


In addition to the TableBoost app, two of our Marketplace partners can help with that readiness.

Ascentium Capital for new equipment financing and Source1 Purchasing, a free membership group

purchasing organization, that will provide rebates and discounts from the vendors and suppliers you

already buy from, plus others.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Start planning for the summer today!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Celebrity Ghost Kitchens: Are They Here to Stay?

Celebrity chefs have been slow to warm up to the use of ghost kitchens but Rachel Ray to Go and

Rick Bayless’ Tortas Frontera in Chicago are two who’ve endorsed the concept.  Easily the chef who

has most embraced using ghost kitchens is Guy Fieri who has amassed an amazing 173

FlavorTown Kitchens in 33 states and the District of Columbia.  These are three celebrity chefs we know from television and the media.

But during the pandemic, the term “celebrity chef” has taken on a whole new meaning: non-chef celebrities

who are also getting in on the ghost kitchen act.  In doing so, they are creating greater awareness

of their own brands and include rapper Wiz Khalifa, YouTuber entrepreneur/philanthropist MrBeast,

hip-hop artist Tyga, DJ Pauly D, actor/television presenter Mario Lopez, and singer/songwriter Mariah Carey.Interestingly, they are all part of the entertainment business, an industry that’s also been hard hit by the pandemic.

Who knows how celebrity ghost kitchens will fare as restaurants open up for indoor dining again, but it’s

clear that, at the very least, Chef Fieri will have a wealth of country-wide market research to help him if he

decides to open more brick and mortar restaurants.  When we emerge from the pandemic, let’s hope that

celebrities can go back to being celebrities, and true celebrity chefs can be chefs!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Keep Your Customers and Staff Safe with Air Purification Systems

As we continue to navigate our way through these times, it’s critical to keep our businesses thriving, and our people

safe. Keeping spaces clean is essential to the comfort and safety of guests and staff. Hotels and restaurants are

meant to feel welcoming, safe and clean, and going the extra mile to make sure that is achieved is necessary.

Cleaning when guests and customers leave is great. But how can we go above and beyond to ensure we are giving

those in the hotel or restaurant the best experience, to feel like they are in good hands and in a clean environment

throughout their visit?

Air purification systems.

With the pandemic comes the need for better technology. Air purification systems such as those from Vollara and

RFG Environmental Group  work to clean the air and filter out contaminants on surfaces and in the air. This includes killing viruses like Sars and Covid. 

So why invest in something that cleans when you can clean too?

Well, for starters these remove germs from the air and surfaces while they are on, and while guests are actively around

the hotel and restaurant. This allows the times that you cannot clean (while they are eating, swimming, etc.), to be

safer because the air is actively being cleaned. 

Second, air purifiers come in all different sizes and prices, so you can find one from any company that will fit your

price range, that specifically kill viruses like Sars and COVID-19. 

Having an air purification system also puts you ahead of other hotels and restaurants that do not.  When guests

are looking for a hotel that is going to put them first, you need to stand out. When customers are choosing

where to eat for the night, you need to stand out. Cleaning and bleaching everything will not put you at an advantage

from everyone else, but having this will. In these times, we need to win guests over to keep the business up and running. 

Not only does this appeal to guests and customers, but it allows your staff to feel more comfortable. Having a device

that will go the extra mile for safety is necessary.  These air purification devices can be put in lounge rooms, guest

rooms, bathrooms, restaurants, you name it. 

In this ongoing search to be the best, taking into consideration the needs of everyone is number one. Guests,

customers and staff see their safety before they see the outdoor pool area, or the best food. Putting in the effort

to provide the cleanest overall experience will make everyone feel relaxed and happy. 

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