According to research from the Global Business Travel Association, global business travel spending currently totals over $1.3 trillion per year, and spending growth is expected to increase above 6 percent in 2018.
To capture a share of this lucrative market, hotels are constantly exploring ways to better cater to business travelers’ needs. These days, that means offering amenities such as convenient apps for managing hotel services, and of course, free Wi-Fi.
Services like these help enable guests to work more flexibly than ever, however recent statistics suggest that many hotels still feature traditional business centers, which have catered to business travelers’ needs for years. Here’s how these classic productivity centers are evolving to remain modern.
A convenient classic
When thinking of a traditional business center, you’re likely to envision a quiet room with a few desks, some PCs, and a printer. A dedicated area for business travelers, or “road warriors”, to work without distractions and print the documents they need.
The latter element – the ability to comfortably print documents whenever necessary – has been a key factor in business centers’ enduring popularity. Many business travelers would attest that they wouldn’t want to stay at a hotel that didn’t have a business center for just that reason. When they absolutely need a document, they don’t have time to track down a copy center in order to print.
Connectivity changes the game
In years past, the business center was often the only place where hotel guests could depend on internet access. Widespread connectivity has changed that. Business travelers can stay connected to their home office via Wi-Fi or cellular connection from virtually anywhere, whether it be through their smartphone, tablet or laptop.
How are hotels adapting? In many cases, by equipping their business centers with devices that leverage connectivity for guests’ convenience.
One of the ways they are doing this is by installing printers that allow guests to seamlessly print documents, emails and attachments stored on their smartphone or computer from almost anywhere in the hotel via Wi-Fi connection. That’s where Samsung’s versatile printing solutions come in.
Performance business travelers can rely on
Both the Samsung Xpress C430W and its ‘Multifunction’ sibling, the C480FW, offer fast print speeds, innovative imaging technology, and mobile-friendly features to help satisfy modern travelers’ printing needs.
The devices support simple wireless printing via the Samsung Mobile Print app directly to the printer. This makes it easy to send a boarding pass, presentation materials, or any other documents stored on your iPhone®, iPad®, Windows® Phone or Android™ mobile device. You can also print by tapping your NFC-enabled mobile device to the printer itself to establish a Wi-Fi Direct™ connection and print that way.
Because the devices also offer fast print speeds of up to 19 pages per minute¹, business travelers won’t have to worry about a print job slowing them down when they’re running short on time. This high level of performance is also backed by a 20,000-page duty cycle, which means that Samsung’s printers are not only fast but dependable as well.
A glimpse of the future
Other moves that hotels are making to update business centers include adding resources like white boards and video conferencing equipment to help guests work and collaborate more comfortably. Many are also opting for more comfortable furniture as well as more open designs, such as having the business center flow into a communal area rather than contained in a room.
Adjustments like these, along with the shift toward wireless printing, reflect hotels’ desire to offer guests new levels of comfort and flexibility. That’s what business travelers have come to expect from hotels today, and it’s precisely what Samsung’s printers were designed to deliver.
¹ “Samsung Xpress SL-C430W Color Laser Printer (SS230G).” www8.Hp.com, www8.hp.com/us/en/products/samsung-printers/product-detail.html?oid=17309635#!tab=specs.
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