Apaleo has transitioned all 7,500 rooms of hotel operator citizenM’s operations in the US and Europe to its property management system (PMS) in eight weeks, reported Traveldailynews.com.

The Dutch hotel brand citizenM completed the migration across its properties in 18 cities worldwide.

This rapid deployment was made possible through a collaborative effort between citizenM and Apaleo, focusing on programme management techniques that allowed for simultaneous live launches of multiple sites.

The comprehensive migration from legacy systems to Apaleo’s PMS included every citizenM hotel in key cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Geneva, Glasgow, London, Paris, Rome, and Zurich.

citizenM CIO Mike Rawson said: “The migration was a hugely ambitious project, requiring very detailed planning for many hotels across the globe. Compared to any other PMS of similar size and scope, it was the quickest implementation ever witnessed in our industry.

“Our decision to adopt an API-first platform is futureproofing our business and guaranteeing our ability to move with the times and create exactly the kind of guest experience we want for our guests. Beyond a mere PMS migration, our initiative embraces numerous components and leverages the Apaleo Store to enhance our service capabilities.”

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The entire process was conducted remotely, eliminating the need for on-site visits during any phase of the implementation.

Apaleo co-founder and managing director Philip von Ditfurth said: “ This project was important because it also demonstrated to other operators labouring under the weight of legacy PMS systems that implementation time is no longer a reason to delay modernisation. It’s now a seamless process with no business interruption.”

Last month, HospitalityNet reported that European value hotel operator easyHotel deployed a new PMS by Apaleo across its full business.