Press release 13 | Berlin (November 2020)
HotelFriend AG is launching a new service offer for medium-sized hotels in cooperation with AGL Activ Services GmbH. Companies in the hospitality industry can now lease the HotelFriend software package, including all services and guarantees, at stable monthly rates. This can help them both advance the digitization of the processes and preserve their liquidity.
Now, there is a high demand for digital services among hotel guests. They want to book accommodation online, check-in in advance using their smartphone, and view folders and menus in digital format. However, this is particularly difficult for small and medium-sized hotels to keep pace with this development. In addition, the switch to new technologies is often associated with high initial investments. To support hoteliers with digitalization in the long term, HotelFriend AG has initiated a new service offer in cooperation with AGL Activ Services GmbH.
It combines the company's comprehensive hotel software, including extensive services and guarantees, with the option of leasing the entire package at monthly rates. In this way, the hospitality industry companies can provide their employees and customers with new digital tools that simplify and automate their work processes. At the same time, this leasing solution allows to keep the monthly liquidity burden low, as there is no high initial investment.
The leasing rate remains unchanged for hotels of all sizes. The number of rooms in the property, the turnover, and the number of employees are irrelevant. The contract period lasts for 43 months, whereby the first three months are free of installments (“Test + Corona Bonus”). HotelFriend AG and AGL Services GmbH want to provide additional support to hoteliers who have already been hit by Corona so that they remain fit for the future.
The HotelFriend all-in-one solution is easy to use and geared towards four essential processes along the value chain in hotel operations, starting from the digital room search, the booking process, and stay in a hotel to the recommendations. For example, guests can book rooms directly and commission-free via the hotel website, check-in, and pay with their smartphones while hotels and guesthouses can manage their own processes using cloud software, the so-called property management system.
The cloud-based solution does not require a local IT infrastructure such as its own server. HotelFriend AG takes care of that, including regular updates, maintenance, and support. The software enables device-independent access from anywhere - for mobile work on-site and on the go. One to two-day training course will help the staff understand how to work with various tools. There are also numerous other services and guarantees.
About HotelFriend AG:
HotelFriend AG is a Berlin-based company that specializes in the development of digital solutions for the travel and hotel industries, namely cloud computing, e-commerce, CRM, ERP, mobile, and desktop apps. The company offers its customers comprehensive project management - from the first idea to the installation, maintenance of tailor-made software solutions as well as a full range of preconfigured and ready-to-use services for the hotel industry. The main advantage for customers: the entire IT infrastructure comes from a single source which means smooth integration and quick reactions if any problems arise. HotelFriend is not just a supplier, but a strategic partner.
About AGL Activ Services GmbH:
AGL Activ Services GmbH is a Hanover-based family-run, bank, and manufacturer-independent leasing company with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. Above all, it sets the service aspect as a core product and central anchor. The company is a member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Leasing-Unternehmen e.V. (BDL) and is subject to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).