|Yanolja will launch an education program next month to nurture front desk managers working for smart hotels. / Courtesy of Yanolja|
By Jun Ji-hye
Yanolja, the nation's leading accommodation and leisure activity booking platform, will launch the industry's first education program for front desk managers at smart hotels as hospitality technology continues to evolve, the firm said Friday.
The curriculums will be offered online from April 6 through April 30 to train next-generation front desk managers by helping them better understand the operation and management of smart hotel systems equipped with a variety of next-generation technologies.
The program consists of seven lectures including how to operate property management systems.
The program will also introduce the self-check-in kiosks developed by Yanolja to improve customer experience.
The company said anyone who is interested in smart hotels, including young applicants as well as employees and owners of hotels, can apply for the program at academy.yanolja.com.
"Hotel services and operating systems are required to keep evolving amid the rapidly changing digital environment," a Yanolja official said. "As demand for relevant education has been increasing, we will continue to launch various programs to nurture future talent."
Yanolja has been working to build up advanced systems that will contribute to offering more stable customer services and improving the efficiency of hotel operations in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Last year, the firm took over several property management systems companies including eZee Technosys, jumping to become the No. 2 provider in the global market.
Yanolja, the only unicorn company among travel related firms in Korea, is currently focusing on developing cloud-based automated hotel system Y FLUX combined with internet of things (IoT), machine learning and blockchain technology.
A unicorn startup refers to a prominent firm with a valuation of over $1 billion before going public.
In its online business, the company provides across-the-board travel services including booking of accommodation, leisure activities and transportation.
In the offline sector, it is one of the largest franchise operators in Southeast Asia, managing more than 10,000 rooms.
Last year, Yanolja achieved $260 million in total revenue from its domestic and global businesses, recording a 78.8 percent year-on-year growth.
The company has maintained a high annual growth rate of over 70 percent for the past five years.
"Such an upturn in overall performance can be attributed to the strong growth of the platform business as well as the hotel franchise business, which has advanced into the Southeast Asian market, and the global hotel solutions business," the company official said.