This year, ITB Asia, Asia’s leading travel trade show was held from 16 - 18 October at the Marina Bay Sands Convention & Expo, Singapore. Organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, the ITB Asia is a premier meeting place for the travel trade industry and a forum for establishing high-quality customer contacts and conducting businesses.
Yanolja presented on the topic of “New & Unthinkable Technologies: The Hotel's Automated Future” on 18th October, the third day of ITB Asia. The presentation gave around 100+ attendees an overview on the current and upcoming technological developments and innovations at Yanolja and eZee. Kim Jong Yoon, CEO of Online Business and Corporate Strategy at Yanolja, painted the overall picture of how the hotel’s automated future would look like, during the presentation.
Also present at ITB Asia, which witnessed over 13,000 participants from 132 countries this year were Sujin Lee - Founder of Yanolja, Vipul Kapoor - Co-founder at eZee, Sean Lee - Head of Global Operations at Yanolja and Chief Strategy Officer for ZEN Rooms, Andrew Kim - Head of Global Hotel Solutions at Yanolja and VP of Strategy and Product Innovation at eZee along with Jaehoon Jung - Head of Seller Office Services at Yanolja to support and promote the fully-automated hotel solutions. Backed by eZee’s technological expertise, the developed technology will also be utilized by ZEN Rooms, making it a comprehensive full-stack hospitality company with operations across Southeast Asia.
Both the companies, eZee and Yanolja have determined the significant growth potential of cloud-based hotel PMS market owing to the arising need of industry for automating operations. Against this background, both are jointly developing the next phase of automation technology solution named “Y Flux” placing the PMS as an epicenter.
Y Flux will create a fully-integrated and automated environment in hotels, allowing real-time communication with guests and features to guests such as: early check-in, late check-out, mobile concierge, mobile keys, room service by robots, vending machines for amenities and a lot more; which will be sustained by eZee and Yanolja’s proficiency in providing innovative solutions to the industry. The AI, blockchain and IoT enabled hotel solutions will replace the manual labour with technology in hotels; increasing their efficiency, revenue, enhancing guest experience and even saving costs.
Besides giving the peek into the hotels’ automated future, Yanolja and eZee attended several presentations and talks by industry leaders to gain insights into the latest travel technology and market trends. They also met with various existing and new partners at the ITB Asia, including the global OTAs as well as travel and leisure content providers; paving a path towards developing breakthroughs of the industry.
Yanolja is Korea’s No. 1 leisure and accommodation booking platform providing travellers with real-time travel and stay booking services. Based in Seoul, South Korea since 2005, Yanolja has been invested in by Booking Holdings and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. Also involved in hotel construction and publications, Yanolja owns 7 hotel brands across the country.
Founded in 2006, eZee is one of the very few hospitality technology providers in the world to develop and offer end-to-end hotel and restaurant solutions. Recently acquired by Yanolja, eZee has a strong hold on R&D and introducing innovations in its solutions to benefit the industry. Today eZee along with 200+ partners serves more than 13,000 clients in 160+ countries across the globe.
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