Posts Tagged ‘Hotel software’
Restaurant POS, Hospitality, Hotel software, Bar POS – Issues resolved and new features:
Start-up – Bin File:
- Change the way the bin file location is retrieved by doing it only once at start-up. The path is stored in a global variable and used when necessary. File location is done by determining the operating system version
These changes were necessary as the previous method relied on custom generated error messages to determine the outcome of authorization of the product. In line retrieval of the bin file location cleared these error messages and produced an error 5 due to the error number reset to zero.
Novtel Software recently released Free Hospitality Software for the Hospitality industry. This software is free for life and only requires web registration.
This software is suited to anyone who wants to download, register and use the application to manage their hospitality portfolio or simply to learn how to use the program.
The free version is available with two databases. One database is completely setup with demonstration data to see what the end product should look like. The second database is a clean database with no data in it. The Lite system is equipped with a special start over button that will allow the user to start afresh on the database if the user wants to do so.
The Lite version features are the same as the Professional version without any restrictions on the functionality, there is however the following restrictions applicable to the Lite version:
Only 9 rooms allowed, maximum users allowed is one single User on one single computer and only 2 Databases Single User
Some of the features are: fully automated seasons and rate structures calculated when reservations are made, powerful grid view of reservations for 5 years and fully automated refundable breakage deposit management. One can move, extend and shorten bookings with ease in seconds using the mouse. The automated commission management system ensures accuracy.
There is also an integrated forms designer to customize stationary of all printed documents
To download the software click here
Download from Cnet click here
Support credits can be bought by clicking here
Restuarant POS, Hospitality – Issues resolved and new features:
- Change the layout of the form to accommodate additional settings
Add a new checkbox at Setup Company – Financial tab:
- Include Service Charge in Charge Total
Please note: This checkbox is only active if the Service Charge percentage is greater than zero and the “Charge Code” is selected. When checking this checkbox the “Tax on Service Charge” checkbox is automatically un-checked. What this means is that this option only work when the Service Charge is not taxed.
Add selection of “Default Tax Type” at Setup Company – Financial tab
- This is the default Tax used when adding a new Charge at Edit > Charges. When creating a new charge instead of defaulting to non-tax the tax type will default to this setting if selected
- Add two additional fields – “Service Charge” and “Total Incl + Service Charge”. These two fields are only visible when the “Include Service Charge in Charge Total” checkbox at Setup Company – Financial tab is checked and the Service charge percentage is not zero. In addition to this the “Service Charge Item” checkbox at Edit > Charges must be checked
- If the above requirements are met then it is possible to enter a selling price including the tax and service charge. The system then calculates the exclusive selling price and service charge
Restaurant POS, Hospitality, Hotel software – Issues resolved and new features:
New Feature for specific customer:
- Add a new button “Report” on the “POS Documents” tab. This is for displaying a “Detailed Invoice and Credit Note” report for selected documents. Add checkboxes on the display aria in order to select documents for displaying or printing.
Bill unfairly targets B&B’s
The new Property Rates Amendment Bill is set to unfairly target Bed and Breakfast establishments. The will have a huge damaging effect on the development of the tourist industry, this is according to the Cape Chamber of Commerce.
The B & B establishments play a vital role in accommodating tourists during periods of peak demand when hotels cannot cope. The B & B industry have become an essential part of the tourist industry.
Mr Michael Bagraim, President of the Chamber, said that “in most cases B & B accommodation is seasonal and is therefore used for just a few weeks each year. It seems to the Chamber that it is grossly unfair to apply commercial rating for 12 months of the year when the accommodations is used for not much more than a month.
“B & B’s play a vital role in helping the tourist industry to deal with the peak demands created by event tourism such as the Argus Cycle Tour or the Two Oceans Marathon. In this way B & B’s complement the hotels which require reasonable occupancy throughout the year in order to remain viable. If hotels are required to provide all the accommodation for periods of peak demand they will have excess capacity during off-season periods and this will force them to charge higher tariffs with an adverse effect on tourism.”
The availability of B & B accommodation helped persuade FIFA to stage the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. B & B’s were important assets and should be encouraged rather than punished with commercial property rates.
“In addition B & B’s spread the benefits of tourism into the suburbs and townships. This creates a friendly and welcoming climate for tourists and it helps to bring them back on future holidays.”
He said the Bill should differentiate between small establishments providing seasonal accommodation and those providing more extensive accommodation on a commercial basis for 12 months of the year.
The definition of residential property in the Bill should be changed as it certainly gave the impression that the owners of all rental accommodation would have to pay commercial property rates and that this would more than double monthly rates accounts and force up rents.
Content supplied by: Cape Business News
Restaurant POS, Hospitality, Hotel software – Issues resolved and new features:
- Add a new tab “POS Documents” for displaying and reprinting a Customer’s Invoices and Credit Notes. Latest transactions displays first but the sort order can be changed by clicking on one of the column headings. Double click on transaction to display or click on transaction and then on “Display”.
Import / update Inventory Items from Pastel:
Update Description checkbox
- When changing an Inventory items description in Pastel it is possible to update the description to the Novtel Charges by checking Update Description.
- Please note that when selecting to update the description and more than one charge in Novtel points to the same Pastel inventory code the descriptions will be changed to the Pastel description.
Update Blocked Status checkbox
Please Note the default is un-checked. As a rule this is managed from the Novtel side to ensure that cash-ups go through to Pastel. We do have a check for this when doing the Supervisor cashup. By checking this will overwrite the blocked settings in Novtel.
South Africa number one host
“South Africa is Africa’s number one host of international association meetings, and an explosion in business tourism is expected” said minister of tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk in his keynote address at the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry’s (SAACI) annual congress in Port Elizabeth today (29 July 2013).
The business tourism industry is focussing its attention on the outcome of the SAACI congress, which started on 28 July and continues to tomorrow 30 July. It is themed: “Create. Debate. Innovate.” and gives delegates the opportunity to address many of the challenges faced by the industry in 2013.
Van Schalkwyk said according to the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) survey, the 97 international association meetings that South Africa hosted last year amounted to a third of all the meetings hosted on the entire continent. A total of 302 meetings were hosted on the African continent – Kenya is ranked second with 29 meetings and Morocco number three with 23 meetings.
“Africa hosted 2.7% of the 11 000 international meetings held globally in 2012. It is only through hosting conferences that can rotate on the African continent that we can become more competitive in the ICCA ranking. South Africa’s track record shows we mean business. We are the undisputed leader in business events on the African continent, but we have to work hard to attract and host more regional association conferences.
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The implementation of this version require all existing Customers to be upgraded to the Professional version of Novtel Hospitality.
Issues resolved and new features:
Add a Provisional Customer Statement with the following options:
From – Month and Year
To – Month and Year
From Customer – Enter or select Customer Number
To Customer – Enter or select Customer Number
“To Customer” can be left blank when selecting a single Customer
For all Customers select the first Customer in “From Customer” and select the last Customer in “To Customer” or enter “zzz” for the last Customer number
Option – Check or un-check to show zero balances or not. Default not to show zero balances.
Hospitality group Hilton Worldwide, together with the Department of Tourism, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) and the International Youth Foundation, has launched a Youth in Hospitality initiative in South Africa. The programme, launched this week, aims to address the skills shortage in the hospitality industry and create sustainable careers for youths, with a range of learning and development opportunities.
Fedhasa’s head of strategic projects, Caleb Mabaso, said the industry had in the past not adequately promoted itself as an employer of choice, despite its significant potential in contributing to youth employment and skills development. Careers in the industry were often incorrectly seen as unstructured and as a last resort when other jobs were not available, he said. In May Hilton Worldwide held educational days at three of its South African hotels, where it invited schools and students to view the inner workings of its hotels and identify career opportunities. It intends to run these expo days each year.
Mr Mabaso said when foreign hospitality investors considered South Africa, concern about skills was a big factor in their decisions. The tourism and hospitality industry intended to create another 225,000 jobs by 2020, he said, and it would be “only logical” to attract youths into the industry. However, it would be necessary to dispel incorrect perceptions that the industry was unstructured in terms of pay, working hours and benefits.
Jan van der Putten, Hilton Worldwide’s vice-president of operations for Africa and the Indian Ocean, said the new initiative was intended to “enthuse” the youth about careers in hospitality. With 59 new group hotels expected to open in the Middle East and Africa within the next four years, Mr van der Putten said it was estimated that an extra 23,000 new staff would be required. He said the initiative aimed to show that the industry was a “great place to work” and offered “rewarding career opportunities” that could include international work experience.
Lulamile Stuurman, the Department of Tourism’s deputy director of domestic tourism for the Eastern Cape, said as tourism grew in South Africa, there was a need for the private sector and the government “to sustain and support that growth”. The government’s own national tourism careers expo, which has been running since 2008, also intends to “sell the industry” and promote it as a career of choice. Private-sector initiatives such as Hilton Worldwide’s corporate expo day would complement the government’s efforts, Mr Stuurman said. The department is also encouraging provinces, municipalities and other companies to educate the youth about careers in the industry.
Content supplied by Nick Hedley Business Day Live
The South African Department of Tourism has announced its intention to unlock underused government-owned properties and partner with the private sector to develop low cost holiday resorts in South Africa, similar to the Butlins resorts concept initiated some years ago in the United Kingdom. The Minister of Tourism, in his speech to parliament on 14 May, 2013, stated that three-quarters of all tourists in South Africa are South African and domestic tourism contributed R101 billion towards the South African economy in 2011.
The government plans to convert underused state properties into tourist facilities and an audit of the properties available for use has already been commissioned by the Department in association with the Industrial Development Corporation.
The Department’s intention is to promote local demand for affordable holiday’s, thereby growing domestic tourism, which the Department believes is crucial to the performance of the local tourism industry.
The period for submission of tender proposals for the feasibility study into the holiday camps has already closed and the winning bidder is expected to deliver the feasibility report in September of this year. Amongst other requirements, the feasibility study is intended to provide the Department with advice regarding the structure of the developments. The feasibility study will no doubt establish whether there is a demand for such accommodation and whether it is a commercially viable proposition.
According to the Department, the purpose of partnering with the private sector is to ensure that the government does not carry the full financial burden and risk in the developments. The Department’s ultimate goal is to drive local demand for affordable holidays in South Africa, contribute to job creation and alleviate poverty.
The Butlins holiday camp concept was created by Sir William Butlin before the outbreak of the Second World War with the tag line that the working man should be able to have “one week’s holiday for one week’s pay”. After the English Holiday Pay Act of 1938 was promulgated, the holiday camps grew in popularity as blue-collar workers were given their first paid breaks. In its heyday, there were 10 such camps across Britain, Ireland and the Bahamas. Butlins attests to the idea of supplying affordable luxury and many of the early buildings were deliberately designed to mirror the profile of transatlantic passenger liners.
The resorts are intended to provide safe, affordable and organised fun with on-site dining facilities and recreational facilities, including dance halls and sport fields. According to Andrew Rogers, deputy CEO of the Hospitality Property Fund, a company investing in hotel and leisure properties listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, the South African Hotel Industry has seen a strong upturn in business volumes since late 2012 and whilst rates may still be too low to stimulate the next development cycle at this point, this new initiative might assist the industry in the short term to offer affordable hotel accommodation to the mid-market sector. In his opinion, access to debt remains a key challenge for hospitality sector investors and it’s still cheaper to acquire existing than to develop new product, so this programme might enable investors to come on board at a relatively low entry-level costing. It will also depend on the auxiliary offerings that each of these facilities will have as well as proximity and accessibility to major source markets as these additional costs need to be factored into the traveler’s budgets when considering the destination.
Content supplied by Michael Bromley from Bizcommunity | Property & Real Estate