Since launching the Rotana mobile app two years ago, Rotana has posted a 20 percent increase in monthly mobile bookings, delivering a significant return on investment in developing the mobility platform. Rotana is embracing the smart technology service model even further with the introduction of online check-in facilities and several other tablet-delivered services.
“Today’s travelers are constantly connected but they have time constraints. They want information instantly and they value services that save time,” said Omer Kaddouri, rresident and CEO of Rotana. “We have introduced a number of ways that allow our guests to use smart devices to speed up the decision-making and booking process as well as cutting down on administrative tasks related to registration and payments – thus enhancing their overall experience.”
Guests at several Rotana properties can now check-in online via rotana.com and the Rotana mobile app. They can then arrive at the hotel and simply collect their room key from a priority check-in desk exclusively reserved for online check-ins. The facility will be rolled out across all Rotana hotels by end 2014, early 2015. The company is also looking at enhancing the service for Rotana Reward Members, allowing them to pick their room number and preferred floor.
In addition, Rotana has re-evaluated several ways by which it could improve guest satisfaction through the use of tablet technology. These include tablet check-in, which guests are presented with all reservation details, terms and conditions on a tablet that they can agree to via an electronic signature; tablet check-out to view their bill and check-out directly from anywhere in the hotel; Electronic guest surveys and e-menus.
Rotana has also introduced an online restaurants and table management system that centralizes guests’ profiles, allows social media integration, email and SMS reservation confirmations, and integrates with popular restaurant booking sites.
In its constant pursuit to strengthening its relationship with its corporate partners, Rotana also provided them with direct access to its hotels and special rates through the introduction of Rotana Rewards Classic e-connect, in partnership with Trust International. Rotana Rewards Classic e-connect offers the latest Internet booking technology to provide the accommodation’s real time availability, online booking capability and tailor made database information to the corporate traveler.