DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What’s the key to empowering true independence in the hotel industry? No keys at all. Worldhotels has joined in partnership with OpenKey, the industry standard for universal mobile key technology in hotels, to offer an experience-focused technology platform with a mobile access solution at 350 independent upscale hotel properties around the world. Primary among the partnership’s benefits is providing guests at Worldhotels properties with convenient keyless access to their hotel rooms, resulting in more guest satisfaction and loyalty.
Through this partnership with OpenKey technology, Worldhotels is riding the wave of the future in hospitality – and the present. In spring 2016, the trade site Hospitality Technology identified “mobile ubiquity” as one of “Six Mega Trends” in the industry, estimating that one-quarter of hotels plan to deploy mobile keys by year-end 2017.
Along with convenient keyless room access, Worldhotels properties will be able to offer guests the OpenKey app for conveniences including obtaining directions to the property, booking amenities, notifying hotels of early or late arrival, and more. The environment will also benefit, as OpenKey technology eliminates the need for disposable plastic keys.
OpenKey also has the potential to greatly expand its geographic reach with Worldhotels, bumping distribution of the company’s award-winning technology from 8 countries across 4 continents to over 50 countries on 6 continents.
“OpenKey technology will be a wonderful addition to our brand’s portfolio of services provided by our properties around the world, posing them as leaders in the mobile technology revolution that is influencing the industry,” said Markus Müller, Vice President Global Sales of Worldhotels. “With OpenKey, each of our properties has the ability to enhance its experience by placing access to a range of services and amenities right in the hands of guests.”
Part of Associated Luxury Hotels, Worldhotels is dedicated to empowering the true independence of hotels all around the world. With more than 45 years of excellence in the industry, the company’s mission is to provide sales and distribution solution and consultancy to upscale hotels of character and distinction. With its wide reach, the group targets savvy business and leisure travelers that seek and authentic local experience when choosing a hotel. Among Worldhotels comprehensive range of products and services are global marketing, sales, training services, quality experience measurements, hotel business consultancy, operational support, e-commerce services, and state-of-the-art distribution and technology.
“We’re thrilled to become the exclusive mobile key technology and services provider for the Worldhotels brand,” said TJ Person, CEO for OpenKey. “This partnership serves as the hotel group’s continued effort to seek and implement technological advancements that are becoming more prevalent in the hospitality industry.”
Founded in 2014, OpenKey is reinventing the hospitality experience through its mobile access solution. The OpenKey app is the industry standard for universal mobile key technology and works with the majority of digital hotel locks. Hotels and their guests benefit from OpenKey’s platform providing efficiency, convenience and cost savings. OpenKey is a privately held company located in Plano, Texas. The company has been funded by several of the largest hotel ownership and management companies in the world. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. For more information, please visit www.openkey.co.
Worldhotels is dedicated to empowering the true independence of hotels all around the world. The global brand brings together 350 of the world's most unique independent hotels. With more than 45 years of excellence in the industry, the company's mission is to provide sales & distribution solution and consultancy to upscale hotels of character and distinction. By reaching over 50 countries and six continents, the group targets savvy business and leisure travellers that seek an authentic and local experience when choosing a hotel.
Worldhotels solutions allow hotels to keep their independency through providing the power of a global brand with a comprehensive range of products and services that include global marketing, sales, training services, quality experience measurements, hotel business consultancy, operational support, e-commerce services and state-of-the-art distribution and technology. Worldhotels loyalty programme Peakpoints, more than 20 frequent flyer programmes as well the high number of preferred partnerships provide competitive advantage to the independent hotel industry.
Worldhotels is part of Associated Luxury Hotels. As the owner and operator of Worldhotels and Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), Associated Luxury Hotels is a significant, full-service “soft brand” solution which provides an array of Global Sales Organization services with broad-reaching reservations connectivity solutions and a powerful sales and marketing infrastructure.