Guestline

Guestline are experts in cloud-hosted property management, distribution and digital marketing technologies for the hospitality industry. The solutions enable independent hotels, groups, pub companies and serviced apartments to achieve maximum occupancy at the most profitable rate.

Rezlynx Property Management System

Guestline’s Rezlynx PMS is a fully configurable, PCI compliant property management system to enable any sized hotel or group to manage their bookings and operations efficiently and profitably. It is updated in real-time, and incorporates a comprehensive rate and availability management tool to ensure that revenue is maximised at every opportunity.

Secure Payment Solutions

Our secure payment gateway enables hoteliers to process card payments in a PCI compliant way. Our clients benefit from a safe and secure method of storing and processing credit card details which can form part of the hotel’s overall PCI compliancy policy.

Guestline Support

Offering ongoing UK support 365 days a year, our service commitment goes far beyond just our technologically superior software solutions to deliver outstanding quality and reliability.

Channel and Distribution Manager

Guestline’s Channel Manager distributes your live inventory to a wide range of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and the Global Distribution System (GDS), with minimum effort and cost. It can be seamlessly integrated with Rezlynx PMS so that bookings, regardless of their source, flow directly into the PMS without the need for time consuming manual data entry and allocation.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Guestline announces Chief Technology Officer appointment and huge investment in development

Global hospitality software business Guestline announces the appointment of Andrew Metcalfe to the new role of chief technology officer and a commitment to double its UK-based development team. The senior appointment for the business, and ambitious growth plans, come as Guestline expands further to support a more diverse range of new clients, including large hotel groups, universities, a wide selection of serviced accommodation providers and a growing number of international hotels.

Metcalfe will be responsible for ensuring the business accelerates its programme of innovation as one of the industry’s premier technology driving forces, and will lead all product development, infrastructure, technical support and IT functions.

“Our business has grown tremendously over recent months and we are committed to investing in our team. Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience and insight as we look to build our position as a leading innovative hospitality technology business in the market. His impressive leadership skills and forward thinking vision mean that our largest ever development programme is in good hands. This is a positive step forward in our ambitions for future growth.”

Andrew McGregor, CEO, Guestline

Under Metcalfe’s tenure, Guestline is introducing the new Guestline Labs initiative. Designed to offer a more technical focus for clients, Guestline Labs will encompass a centre of excellence for the product management team, developers, corporate IT and data centre operations. The new approach is part of developments at Guestline to gear up for further international expansion and an extensive investment programme for Guestline’s products and services.

Guestline has recently been recognised as one of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain by the London Stock Exchange Group and has seen a huge influx of new hotel group, serviced apartment and independent hotels, along with an extensive selection of new technology partnerships. Metcalfe’s team of developers, project managers and technical specialists will work to support the company’s rapidly growing number of clients and partners across the hospitality sector.

“Guestline is a fantastic example of a company with huge potential to help its customers in so many ways. The hospitality industry is waking up to the ecosystem effect, using open APIs and integrations with 3rd party systems, and Guestline is ahead of the curve as this has been encouraged for years with the company’s software offering. I see this moment of investment in people, tools and approaches as the chance to formalise our approach to this and many other areas of Guestline’s capabilities. I aim for Guestline to be seen as a platform to enable innovation in hospitality software for all and will celebrate each success in that direction.”

Andrew Metcalfe, chief technology officer, Guestline
Previously, Metcalfe headed up London based engineering at OpenTable, working for the company for over six years in roles including head of search engineering, and head of international engineering.

He joins Guestline from Ve Interactive, an e-commerce technology company, where he held the roles of development director and most recently chief technology officer, overseeing teams in the UK, Spain, Romania and France.

Guestline’s multi award-winning software for hospitality businesses is cloud-based. The software enables hospitality business owners and managers in sectors such as hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, student accommodation and more, to manage bookings and operations both efficiently and profitably.

Innovative technology developments include integration with many leading 3rd party applications, tokenisation for PCI compliance and additional functionality to improve customer service and capture more revenue.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Direct bookings increase by 21% for Matfen Hall using Guestline

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa is located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen and is the ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett. It was proud winner of ‘Large Hotel of the Year 2015’ at the Visit England Awards.



Challenges:
The team at Matfen Hall were struggling with property management software (PMS) that could meet the needs of the hotel. Many of the processes the hotel was operating were completed manually and proving to be very inefficient. Any non-generic requirements of the PMS had to be created through structured query language (SQL) queries.

The system was not supported by a UK-based team and the hotel team were not always able to secure the necessary support; this was particularly concerning when the system was at risk of crashing. A sizeable investment in hardware was required from the previous provider to get the whole system up to date, with a large installation and training cost in addition. The hotel team realised it was time for a change.

Solutions:
Matfen Hall selected the comprehensive suite of Guestline hospitality solutions to better suit the needs of the hotel. This included:

Rezlynx Property Management System

EPOS

Advanced Conference and Banqueting

Online Booking Module (OBM)


The team required all processes to be streamlined and as automated as possible and, with a sizeable wedding business, they needed the powerful functionality of Advanced Conference & Banqueting to optimise the wedding operational processes for the hotel and the wedding experience for the happy couple. Seamless implementation of the Guestline EPOS across the hotel’s four food and beverage outlets and integration with the spa and golf operational software was also delivered.

Benefits:
The hotel has seen a wide range of benefits thanks to the implementation of Guestline’s suite of hospitality software.



These have included


Optimal automation of processes and procedures delivered in the implementation has given the hotel team more time to take care of helping hotel customers

Reduced costs/ commissions thanks to improvements in processes

Matfen Hall team full confidence in the hotel’s PCI compliancy

Strong integration of systems across the hotels whole operations

More control over the system than with the previous PMS and any support issues get fixed quickly by Guestline’s UK-based teams

Greatly reduced commissions payments. In the first month after implementation, direct bookings increased by 21%

The team has experienced time reductions and better management and selling of the hotels various rates and room types, especially their important groups business

The Guestline team delivering the implementation worked very closely with the Matfen Hall team – becoming part of that team through the process!

The Guestline team’s project management was extremely important for the hotel as they needed that expertise to make the whole implementation a success, helping the hotel team every step of the way.


“Guestline’s software solutions are really effective and suited the requirements of Matfen Hall extremely well and they are now at the heart of the hotel’s operations. They work hard for us and have vastly improved the operational processes at the hotel. The implementation of the Online Booking Manager in particular has helped widen our appeal, and delivered an impressive increase in direct bookings and a welcome reduction in commission payments!

In addition, we chose the Guestline team because they knew exactly what we wanted and delivered exactly what we needed. They are a very supportive, understanding and most importantly knowledgeable team of people who really help us at Matfen Hall. We have a close and productive partnership with Guestline who keep in regular contact, offering us guidance where they think it’ll benefit us the most. We are very pleased with our choice of Guestline! ”  - Matfen Hall’s Sarah Barber, Sales & Marketing Director
Emma Johnstone, VP Business Development from Guestline said, "Across our suite of tools and technologies we have an unfailing commitment to delivering efficiencies and cost savings to all our clients. Working so closely alongside the team at Matfen Hall meant that we are able to gain a real insight into their operations and identify where and how improvements could be made.

Knowing that our technology has delivered significant dividends in terms of revenue and time is extremely rewarding and we look forward to continuing to work with the team in the future."

To arrange a demonstration of Guestline’s solutions which include property management. distribution, digital marketing and EPoS contact a member of the team here. 


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Avvio and Guestline partner to create more efficiency for hoteliers

Avvio, who provides Europe’s leading booking engine, has now integrated with Guestline to improve efficiency and revenue for accommodation providers.
Hoteliers and other accommodation providers who partner with Avvio will now be able to manage their accounts, inventory and bookings easily and efficiently by making use of the new two-way Guestline integration. The interface will ensure that all the information about rates, restrictions and availability can be instantly exchanged from Guestline to Avvio Convert booking engine and vice versa.

Accommodation providers will be able to manage their inventory, upsells, pricing and restrictions on Guestline and send them directly to Convert by Avvio. They can also pull reservations, modifications and cancellations from Convert into Guestline. In short, everything is integrated and organised in the same place, so it’s easier for accommodation providers to manage their bookings with minimum stress and confusion, and without having to switch back and forth between different software.
"Accommodation providers are tight for time and we're constantly striving to find new ways we can make their lives easier, while improving their direct booking revenue. We’re delighted to be integrating with Guestline  as it allows Avvio partners to save time and effort managing their channels and inventory, while still boosting their revenue using our Convert booking engine. They get the best of both worlds."
Frank Reeves, Avvio's Co-founder and CEO
Rupert Gutteridge, Sales & Marketing Director at Guestline added:
“Guestline is delighted to be working with Avvio, It’s important to be partnering with other leading technology providers within the hospitality industry to give hoteliers a choice of tools to improve their business. We believe the future of our success is based on offering clients a solid platform that allows great partners such as Avvio to plug into. Offering hoteliers an enhanced range of solutions and benefits”.
In a world of constant digital evolution and ever-shortening consumer attention spans, it’s more important than ever for accommodation providers to keep their guests’ booking experiences as quick and seamless as possible. Industry leading software providers, Avvio and Guestline, help their clients to achieve this efficiency, both at back-end and client-facing level. To find out more about how this new integration can help you improve your direct booking revenue and efficiency in your business, get in touch here.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Cyber experts have warned that the travel industry as a whole is particularly exposed to criminal activity


At a special Travel Weekly summit, a group of travel experts examined the growing threat from cyber criminals and what travel firms can do to protect themselves from attack. We heard from experts in cybercrime and data security. It covered fraud, security, cyber-crime, compliance, payments, data, company structures to cope with all this and disaster recovery.

In the hospitality industry, as in the wider travel industry, it has become vital that IT security is given priority focus as firms become increasingly global, embrace new forms of payment, outsource to third-party Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions and move to cloud computing. The threat of cybercrime has never been so acute as some major companies outside of the travel sector have found to their cost. Indeed, most recently here in the UK we have also seen the widespread chaos in the NHS that the huge ransomware attack brought about.

Within the broader travel industry, the travel industry association ABTA was targeted earlier this year when hackers exploited a third party service provider and stole the personal data of 660 members and some 430,000 of their customers. Cyber experts have warned that the travel industry as a whole is particularly exposed to criminal activity due to the sheer amount of data that is collected by companies and the degree to which that data has to be shared.

Official figures put the cost of cybercrime to the UK economy at £10.9 billion in 2015-16 and yet it is estimated that only 10% of chief executives have taken steps to protect their companies. In addition, with the new EU GDPR regulations governing the protection and processing / handling of data due to come in during May next year, along with the associated severe penalties for companies that breach them, it is more important than ever for senior management to take steps to protect their companies and the personal data they hold.

In this world of increased threat to a company’s IT infrastructure, there are many areas of focus for companies to understand the importance and relevance related to safety and security in their business processes. One area in particular of utmost importance in our super connected and highly transactional hospitality industry is that of payment security.

With the explosion of service providers in the hospitality industry enabling payments in the online environment, it’s never been more important to provide customers and hospitality providers with secure environment and functionality to ensure payments are made safely and securely with as seamless a customer journey as possible. In addition, the rise of virtual digital payments in travel and the implications for security, has made this a very hot topic for the industry and we’ve seen several hospitality providers experience cyber security threats in recent times.

For Guestline, ensuring that the provision of payment services in the world of hospitality offers peace of mind to customers - with Level 1 PCI compliance – is vital. Secure payment gateway services enable hoteliers to process their customers’ card payments in a totally PCI compliant way, when the company’s suite of hospitality software solutions are utilised.

Clients benefit from a safe and secure method of storing and processing credit card details which can form part of the hotel’s overall PCI compliancy policy. Guestline has Level 1 PCI –DSS compliancy for hosting and payment processing and is listed on the VISA approved merchant list. PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is the standard payment card issuers have created to help reduce the level of fraud and card data loss.

There are strong reasons for maintaining PCI-DSS compliance. Guestline has developed a very simple, efficient and completely compliant suite of solutions for hotels and hospitality businesses in order to address all these issues, along with money-saving and revenue generating opportunities.

For further information on how you can work with Guestline to ensure your business is Level 1 PCI Compliant please contact the Guestline team on 01743 282300 or request further information on enquiries@guestline.com

Guestline announce partnership agreement with Digital Alchemy

Guestline and Digital Alchemy, a leading provider of CRM solutions in the hospitality marketplace, are pleased to announce a partnership agreement.
Digital Alchemy's team of hospitality veterans create industry-leading CRM solutions for hotels, spas, and resorts. Their passion for the hospitality industry has driven them to develop digital marketing solutions that drive revenue and empower property management teams to raise the bar for guests like never before.
Digital Alchemy has a proven solution that, when paired with Guestline solutions, will allow properties to drill down into customer data and ensure every opportunity to drive revenue is optimised. They offer pre- and post-stay targeted email communications, including Confirmation Emails, Pre-Stay Reminder Emails, PostStay surveys, targeted email offers and more. Digital Alchemy’s professionals are dedicated to increasing guest engagement while turning your guests into customers for life.
“Phase 2 of Guestline’s growth is well under way with focus being put into our 3rd party integrations and partners. We are passionate about collaborating with a huge selection of hospitality focussed, industry-leading services to ensure every aspect of managing a property is met. Digital Alchemy are leaders in the field of guest management, relationship management and using social engagement to increase revenue, which we recognised as a fantastic addition to the Guestline product suite. We are looking forward to working closely with the team at Digital Alchemy to empower our users with the latest technology available.”
Andrew Williams, Development Director at Guestline
Nigel Allport, Vice President, Business Development at Digital Alchemy added, “We are very pleased to be partnered with Guestline to offer our mutual clients hospitality-specific Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and email marketing solutions. This will enable properties to increase sales, reduce no-shows and drive additional revenue.
Digital Alchemy’s aim is to help personalise the guest experience while simultaneously assisting the hotels’ overall marketing and revenue generation objectives.
We recognised Guestline as a leader within the hospitality sector. Our partnership will give Guestline clients access to world-class guest communication and digital marketing services which will bring a new dimension to driving revenue and empowering hotels to raise guest loyalty and repeat visitors”
To arrange a demonstration of the suite of hospitality software solutions available from Guestline and details on Digital Alchemy, please contact us via enquiries@guestline.com.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Guestline’s latest newsletter has been released

You may have noticed that we have not issued a newsletter in a little while, and that is because we have been busy working behind the scenes to give it a new look and feel alongside lots of new content too!

In this issue, hear from our new CEO Andrew MacGregor on page 2, take a look at the events and shows we have coming up on page 10 and be sure to catch up on all of our partnership developments on page 11.

Also in this issue you will find tips and tricks on how to gain more direct bookings and information on how to look after the heart of your hotel, the PMS.

Read the newsletter here.

For more information on any products featured in the newsletter, please feel free to contact a member of the team here.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Important notice - Is your EPoS running on Windows XP?


Replace your hardware and be fully PCI compliant


As you will be aware Microsoft Windows XP has come to the end of its life and Microsoft is no longer supporting this product. Regardless of which patches and updates you apply to your hardware, EPoS terminals running under this operating system are no longer PCI compliant.

Contact your account manager today to ensure you are PCI compliant or to talk though your options on 01743 282300. Alternately leave your details here and a member of the team will be in contact shortly.  

Why risk your hotels security when you could update to the latest hardware and upgrade to Guestline's latest hospitality specific EPoS system.

Guestline EPoS is a multi-functional point of sale solution with the added benefit of mobility for bars and restaurants. Designed to streamline operations across your property, EPoS allows staff to quickly and easily process sales.

Our next generation EPoS is:

Fully PCI compliant for improved security and peace of mind.

Faster and more intuitive for improved efficiency, service and increased revenue.

Scalable to accommodate mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Fully integrated with your the Guestline PMS


Why choose to upgrade your EPoS?

New features you can benefit from include - bespoke terminal configuration, unlimited tabs, streamlined price banding, improved housekeeping, easy to use text search, secure back office, increased speed and much more! Extensive advanced reporting now available, which provides a full operational overview including stock consumption, sales, discounts and splits.

Contact Guestline today here

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