Partner News

NATIONAL REPORT—Whether it’s celebrating an anniversary, receiving an award, earning a certification, debuting a new product or expanding the business, hotel companies and vendors achieve new milestones on a daily basis. Here’s a look at recent accomplishments:

Seminole Hard Rock Selects Assa Abloy
Assa Abloy Global Solutions has implemented its VingCard Essence and VingCard Signature RFID door locks at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL. The resort selected the VingCard Essence to be implemented at its Guitar Hotel, while ensuring the maximum safety of guests at The Oasis Tower with the installation of VingCard Signature RFID.

Constructed to resemble back-to-back guitars, the 638-guestroom Guitar Hotel is ideally suited toward the minimalistic design of VingCard Essence. A lock solution that encases all electronic components within the door itself leaving only a sleek door handle and RFID/BLE reader visible, VingCard Essence eliminates the unsightly appearance of more traditional door locks and is capable of blending in with, and even accentuating, a hotel’s unique style, according to the company. As a large-scale resort boasting multiple hotels on-site, the resort further opted to install VingCard Signature RFID as part of the build-out of the 168-guestroom Oasis Tower. A solution also recognized for its stylish and modern appearance, Signature  VingCard Essence  RFID is designed to be appropriate for both new-construction and retrofit projects while ensuring that such locations are capable of ensuring guest safety with the latest in security technology abilities that the industry has to offer.

Both VingCard Essence and Signature RFID come equipped with the industry’s latest advances in security encryption technology to ensure that only those with authorization are able to gain access to rooms. This includes advanced anti-keycard cloning abilities that minimize the risk of guest keycard data being stolen in order to create unauthorized keycards. When used in online mode, Essence and Signature RFID can provide additional security-enhancing functionalities such as the ability to receive alerts when someone is attempting to use a keycard on multiple doors. Staff can instantly deactivate keycards that are lost or suspected of being stolen.

Onity Enables Contactless Check-in at Hotels
In these unprecedented times, hotels are seeking solutions that help to preserve recommended social-distancing guidelines and provide contactless interactions. Onity is providing the DirectKey mobile access solution to hotel chains around the globe, which allows for contactless check-in and property access. Onity’s DirectKey allows guests to securely download their assigned key to their smartphone through the hotel’s loyalty app, which grants access to their guestroom and other access-controlled areas, and enables them to bypass the front desk.

DirectKey is used in more than 5,000 hotels and 800,000 rooms worldwide. Since the launch of DirectKey in 2015, guests have used Onity’s mobile key credentials to open doors more than 100 million times.

DirectKey complements the current security features hotels have in place and provides an additional layer of security with 128-bit AES encryption.

Hulsing Enterprises Partners with ProfitSword
ProfitSword has been selected by Hulsing Enterprises LLC to implement the ProfitSage performance data management, operational and financial reporting solution. A hospitality and medical facility management company that oversees an array of major hotel brand locations across the U.S., Hulsing Enterprises can now leverage ProfitSage at each of its hotel properties to provide employees with real-time and granular insight into business performance. ProfitSage’s fully customizable reporting abilities further ensure that staff members are able to instantly identify potential opportunities and risks in order to maximize efficiency, revenues and overall business success.

As part of a single database solution that can seamlessly integrate with a hotel’s disparate performance data generating systems, ProfitSage serves as a robust business environment reporting tool that can provide accurate and instant insight into the performance of specific departments, properties, regions or an organization as a whole. Hulsing employees can further leverage ProfiSage’s customizable and pre-scheduled reporting functionality to receive regular updates on a range of metrics that can include financial performance, guest service scores and STR data. With its ability to integrate and share information from Hulsing Enterprises’ payroll provider, ProfitSage can further instantly provide real-time insight on labor statistics, allowing company leadership to ensure sufficient staff coverage while eliminating unnecessary overstaffing expenses.

ProfitSage’s reporting abilities and the ProfitSword dashboard also provide Hulsing Enterprises staff with the ability to make updates and share any notes in real time with other members throughout the company. This functionality consistently ensures full transparency and the opportunity for all employees across an organization to stay informed on the latest business decisions and strategies.

Hershey Farm Inn Chooses Agilysys Property Management Solutions
Hershey Farm Inn in Ronks, PA, has selected Agilysys Inc.’s rGuest Stay PMS and rGuest Book solutions to help improve the guest experience, increase revenue and enhance operational efficiency.

A longtime Agilysys customer, Hershey Farm elected to move to Agilysys’ cloud-based PMS, rGuest Stay. Due to its breadth of features and ease of use, this solution is being implemented broadly across hotels of all sizes, from chains to small boutiques. With a browser-based UI and robust guest-centric capabilities, rGuest Stay offers Hershey Farm fast time to value through improved operational efficiency and elevated guest service. The addition of integrated rGuest Book brings a commission-free booking engine that allows the property to offer flexible room upgrades and add-ons during the booking process to increase revenue and promote guest loyalty.

Valley Forge Fabrics COO Joins Broward College Foundation Board
Vanesa Patiño, Valley Forge Fabrics’ COO and M&A leader, recently joined the Broward College Foundation board of directors along with three other South Florida executives.

The Broward College Foundation is a nonprofit organization and the officially designated means of making private, charitable contributions to Broward College. Members of the foundation’s volunteer board of directors work closely with the college’s Office of Advancement to raise money to support scholarships, academic programs and learning facility enhancements.

Patiño was nominated to the board of directors by members in the community who felt she would have a positive impact on the foundation. It connects directly with her personal core values and aligns with those of her current company by connecting with the community and sharing her skills and experiences to create a positive impact on others.

DAC Art Consulting Adds to Business Development Team
Julia Marks has joined DAC Art Consulting’s Business Development team as client relations consultant. She will be based in the Seattle office serving the surrounding West Coast territories.

Marks  has nearly 20 years of art consulting and creative experience, most recently serving as the chief visionary officer at Picture Source Somerset in Seattle. In addition to her consulting experience, she is a member of NEWH Inc. She joined the Northwest Chapter Board in 2002, and after having served on the international board of directors and as president of NEWH Inc 2012-2013, she was awarded a Legacy Membership this year.