Locatel Hospitality Solutions Acquires Docomo Intertouch Europe

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Locatel, a European provider of interactive multimedia systems for the hospitality and healthcare sectors, has acquired Docomo Intertouch Europe, along with its suite of solutions for internet access, in-room entertainment technologies and managed web platforms for hotels.

The acquisition includes Docomo Intertouch Europes solutions, as well as its commercial and development organisation.

According to a survey conducted for Locatel in October 2012, with over 1,000 business traveller respondents by international researchers OpinionWay, 86% cited reliable high speed Wi-Fi a priority or important criteria when choosing a hotel.

With the integration of Docomo into the Locatel portfolio, hotels and their guests benefit from broadband Wi-Fi, which in turn facilitates a much wider range of web-based services that can also be accessed by smartphones and other mobile devices.

Our acquisition of Docomo Intertouch Europe means that we can offer hotels a global solution to their information technology and communication needs, which allow them to concentrate on their core expertise, said Olivier Gippet, Locatel Vice President of International Development from the companys South East Asian headquarters in Singapore. This marks a significant milestone in Locatels development strategy as we continue to expand our international footprint as well as the ways in which we can help hotels to drive revenue and improve their cost efficiency. Furthermore it reinforces that we are putting mobile technologies at the heart of our strategy, helping hotels to manage their properties more efficiently and anticipate the growing trend for clients who wish to use their own mobile devices to benefit from high quality business and leisure services.

Locatel develops and provides a range of technological solutions for hotels including internet infrastructure, multimedia on demand content, as well as on screen interactive solution to promote and sell hotel services.

Supporting multiple networks from standard coaxial to optical fibre (GPON), Locatel is a leader in terms of number of hotel rooms equipped with interactive full IPTV systems. Through its recently announced commercial partnership with Hoist Technology, Locatel also provides hotel systems for managing front office, back office, guest transactions reservations and streamlined internal communications.

With our new suite of mobile hotel systems and applications for managing front office, back office, guest transactions reservations and streamlined internal communications, Locatel will bring new sets of hotel back-office integration with Point of Sales and ticketing that will put it at the forefront of hospitality technology providers in Asia to improve their operational efficiency, added Mr. Gippet.

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