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GuestDriven Named in Gartners Cool Vendors in Travel and Hospitality, 2015 Report*


Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) June 15, 2015

GuestDriven, a Guest Engagement Platform provider at the forefront of innovation in travel technology, has been included in the 2015 Cool Vendors in Travel and Hospitality Report published May 28 by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

Gartner selected only three travel and hospitality firms for the 2015 publication of this report, which is published annually by Gartner. Included this year along with GuestDriven were Mobile Travel Technologies and RezNext. Gartner reports are objective and subject to strict, proprietary methodologies. As such we believe the significance of being included in a Gartner Research Report is highly validating for a technology firm.

GuestDriven announces their inclusion in the report as the biggest trade show in the travel technology industry approaches – HITEC by HFTP, which will take place this week in Austin TX June 15-18. During HITEC attendees from hotels globally will be able to meet the GuestDriven team and see live demonstrations of the Guest Engagement Platform.

To accompany its in-stay solution Engage, GuestDriven launched its Express pre-stay solution in late 2014. Guests can check-in online and choose exclusive offers and upgrades prior to arrival, which is a strong window for conversions. CEO Anthony Zebrowski-Rubin says Express has been received exceptionally well by the market.

“The full GuestDriven platform allows hotels to really know their guests in advance in order to offer a more personalized service. Mobile plays a huge part in crafting a frictionless experience so the in-stay solution puts real-time guest engagement at the hotel’s fingertips. Guests can order room service, request a valet, purchase a late check-out, communicate 1:1 with the front desk and more.”

To book a meeting with GuestDriven during HITEC 2015 click here. The Gartner report can be purchased here.

Press Contact – media(at)guestdriven(dot)com

About GuestDriven

GuestDriven is a Mobile Guest Engagement platform that enables hotels to interact directly with guests via their mobile devices. Valuable marketing data, including guest preferences and behaviors and social media profiles, is passed to hoteliers, which can be leveraged to elevate guest experience and increase revenues by offering personalized perks, promotions and rewards. An integrated suite of specialized tools for targeting, campaigning and interacting with guests at every stage of travel assists hospitality brands in enablement of customer advocacy, allowing hotels to reward loyalty in real-time. GuestDriven was named a Top 20 Company by the Canadian Innovation Exchange. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, GuestDriven has implementations in over 60 cities and more than 300 properties worldwide. For more information see: http://www.guestdriven.com

Disclaimer (Gartner):

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

*Gartner Cool Vendors in Travel & Hospitality, 2015 by Venecia K. Liu, May 28 2015







HVS Capital Corp and iFunding form Strategic Alliance for Crowdfunding Hospitality Real Estate Investments


New York, NY (PRWEB) January 26, 2015

HVS Capital Corp, the real estate industry leader for hospitality investment banking solutions, and iFunding, the crowdfunding platform that makes real estate investing simple, announce a strategic alliance to expand financing for hospitality real estate projects. HVS Capital Corp (“HVSCC”) will use iFunding’s crowdfunding platform to expand the investor base for hospitality real estate, while iFunding will rely on HVSCC exclusively to underwrite its crowdfunded hotel, resort and timeshare deals.

Hospitality Real Estate Investing and Crowdfunding are Growing

Real estate crowdfunding is evolving from typically financing smaller investments, often single-family and multi-family projects and rentals, to also providing individual investors and family offices greater access to more sophisticated commercial real estate investments. Meanwhile, economic growth in the United States has driven renewed hospitality sector profitability and new hotel developments, particularly in the mid-scale to upper-scale segments. The HVSCC / iFunding relationship meets growing demand to combine the profitability and sophistication of hospitality real estate with the progressive financing of crowdfunding.

Hospitality real estate developers and operators with an interest in HVSCC / iFunding’s joint crowdfunding financing and underwriting approach are invited to contact the companies to propose investments. The iFunding team can be reached via 844-367-4386 ext.2 or partners(at)ifunding(dot)co. The HVSCC team can be reached via 303-512-1226 or wsipple(at)hvs(dot)com.

William Sipple of HVS Capital Corp joins iFunding’s Advisory Board

In addition to the collaboration on hospitality real estate crowdfunding, iFunding welcomes William Sipple, Executive Managing Director of HVSCC, to iFunding’s advisory board. Bill Sipple contributes over 30 years experience in hotel development, finance, valuation and operations to the collaboration and board. He has worked for, or advised, top hospitality brands including Regent International, Carlson Hotels (including Radisson & Park Plaza) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Mr. Sipple’s team at HVSCC serves institutional and high net-worth investors, developers and management/ownership companies, with services including:

Investment sales and acquisitions of hotel and mixed-use properties;
Capital markets advisory services for securing project debt and equity; and
Deal structuring, including financial analysis, due diligence, and deal closing.

Mr. Sipple stated, “In an effort to utilize today’s cutting edge technologies, HVS Capital is thrilled to align ourselves with this new and reliable source of equity and debt capital, in what we call the democratization of real estate capital.” He added, “Crowdfunding can be an excellent source of funding, well-suited to fill a recognized void in smaller- to medium-sized hotel transactions. It is cost-effective and can be used for gap equity, mezzanine financing and bridge loans in particular.”

CEO of iFunding, William Skelley, noted: “We are finding interest from property developers and real estate investors alike in the hospitality sector. Our investors have inquired about opportunities in boutique hotel developments, marquee hotels and resorts, and active living communities. Crowdfunding investors like the option of being able to invest in hospitality properties, but expect the depth of underwriting and advisory capabilities that HVS Capital Corp brings to every deal. That’s why I’m confident that our exclusive reliance on HVSCC for hospitality underwriting will drive more crowdfunding interest, well-positioned properties, and quality investment outcomes.”

About HVS Capital Corp

Founded in 2001, HVS Capital Corp (“HVSCC”) is the investment banking arm of HVS for the Americas. The firm’s executives have an average of 20+ years experience through several real estate cycles, completing tens of billions in transactions. HVSCC is an innovative industry leader that delivers comprehensive hospitality investment banking solutions based on performance, collaboration and trust. HVSCC’s core areas of service are debt & equity placements, investment sales / brokerage, capital advisory projects and workouts for hotels, resorts, and mixed-used developments. Through strong relationships with an extensive list of active investors, lenders, management companies and hotel brands, HVSCC identifies the most appropriate parties for any given transaction. This capability maximizes value while facilitating an expedited timeframe for execution. For more information, visit http://hvscapital.com.

About iFunding

iFunding is a leading real estate crowdfunding platform, facilitating debt and equity fundraising for properties range from single family homes, to multi-family residences and condominium estates, apartment towers, hotels and resorts, retail locations, malls, offices and mixed use buildings, and more. iFunding provides opportunities for accredited investors to invest in institutional-quality real estate deals, with a minimum investment of just $ 5,000. The company directly oversees deals throughout their lifespan, providing extensive information and transparency to give investors insight and oversight into their investments. It also generates financing for multi-project funds, and partners with family offices to co-fund opportunities with its individual investors. Visit http://www.ifunding.co for more information, or connect with us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/innovational-funding, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iFunding , or via @inno_funding on Twitter. The phone number for investor and operator inquiries is 844-367-4386.

HVS Capital Corp Contact:

William Sipple

303-512-1226

wsipple(at)hvs(dot)com

iFunding Contact:

Scott Lichtman

203-747-8557

press(at)ifunding(dot)co







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