AT&T, Host & GuestTek Bring More Connectivity and Video Content to Marriott Hotels
In-room Entertainment Getting Even Better at Over 30 Marriott Properties
DALLAS, October 7, 2015 – AT&T is teaming up with Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Host) and GuestTekTM in a multi-year relationship to bring cutting-edge DIRECTV shows, movies and more to tens of thousands of Marriott hotel rooms owned by Host.
Guests at some Marriott hotels in the US that are owned by Host are already experiencing unparalleled in-room entertainment, while the remaining rooms will be added through the second quarter of 2016. They’ll get more shows and control over what they’re watching – and the hotels benefit with streamlined content ownership.
"Hoteliers are looking to connect their customers to an integrated video and broadband solution that can grow as needed, is cost effective and saves energy.” said Eric Boyer, senior vice president, AT&T GigaPower, Commercial and Connected Communities. “We’ve worked with GuestTek to deliver a tailored experience. It gives guests access to the latest shows and movies while meeting Host’s expectations and Marriott’s national brand standards. Guests win when they can watch what they want directly on the hotel room HDTV.”
Working with DIRECTV, GuestTek can meet guests’ expectations now and into the future with its OneView Managed Video Platform. The solution offers hotel guests premium features including a branded welcome screen, a fully interactive program guide, access to internet content and more.
“We pride ourselves on being a leader in technology solutions for the hotel industry," said Arnon Levy, president and CEO of GuestTek. "We’re combining the custom Marriott solution with our Internet service to deliver the future of in-room entertainment. Guests will have an at-home experience at their fingertips while on the go."
"Our goal is to deliver the best possible in-room experience for our guests by working with leading providers. AT&T with GuestTek makes that possible," said Minaz Abji, executive vice president of asset management at Host Hotels & Resorts. "We’re excited to offer our guests an easy way to get all the programs they’re used to watching at home – while they are traveling.”
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About Host Hotels & Resorts
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is an S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company and is the largest lodging real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper-upscale hotels. The Company currently owns 97 properties in the United States and 17 properties internationally totaling approximately 59,000 rooms. The Company also holds non-controlling interests in five joint ventures, including one in Europe that owns 19 hotels with approximately 6,500 rooms and one in Asia that has interests in four hotels in Australia and India. Guided by a disciplined approach to capital allocation and aggressive asset management, the Company partners with premium brands such as Marriott®, Ritz-Carlton®, Westin®, Sheraton®, W®, St. Regis®, Le Meridien®, The Luxury Collection®, Hyatt®, Fairmont®, Hilton®, Swissotel®, ibis®, Pullman®, and Novotel® in the operation of properties in over 50 major markets worldwide. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.hosthotels.com.
GuestTek™ is a global leader in broadband technology and interactive solutions for the hospitality industry. Since 1996, they have partnered with hotels to maximize their property’s offerings–enhancing the brand experience, helping them generate more revenue and giving them total confidence that they are delivering a world-class guest experience. The Company’s head offices are in Calgary, Alberta, and have major support facilities in Irvine, California; Guatemala City, Guatemala and Warsaw, Poland as well as Sales offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about GuestTek™, go to www.GuestTek.com.