Curator Hotel & Resort Collection selects TipBrightly and TipYo to provide mobile tipping solutions


New partnerships grant member hotels access to innovative cashless tipping technology

BETHESDA, Maryland, February 24, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Curator Hotel & Resort Collection (“Curator”) today announced preferred partnerships with TipBrightly and TipYo to provide member hotels with access to innovative cashless tipping solutions. These new partnerships will bring a host of benefits to Curator members, including allowing staff to be tipped faster, providing a fast, cashless tipping option for guests, and boosting employee morale.

“At a time when hotels are working so hard to hire and retain quality staff members, we believe it’s more important than ever to recognize and reward exceptional service,” said Austin Segal, vice president of conservative. “We look forward to partnering with TipBrightly and TipYo to provide our members with a contactless, cashless tipping solution for customers and staff.”


TipBrightly is an award-winning platform that leverages existing mobile payment technology to allow guests to scan the unique QR code that staff members provide and send tips quickly and seamlessly, during or after their stay. Payments are securely processed through Stripe and deposited to the employee’s bank account the day after service. Customers can also leave a comment with their tip, which increases employee morale and encourages positive dialogue between managers and staff. A receipt is generated instantly, making it easier for business travelers to submit tips for reimbursement.

“TipBrightly is very proud to partner with Curator Hotel & Resort Collection to deliver a solution that views tipping not as a transaction, but as a cycle of appreciation that we can enable through our technology,” said Elle Rustique. , CEO of TipBrightly. “At its core, I believe that tipping should be fueled by awareness, appreciation, and recognition of the service provided. We believe TipBrightly’s cashless tipping experience will help employees feel valued — and all everyone, whatever their job, deserves this experience.”


TipYo is a mobile tipping platform that was created to allow travelers to continue expressing their gratitude to service personnel in today’s cashless economy. TipYo seamlessly integrates with member hotel payment systems and offers multiple tip acceptance channels, including web, mobile app, or hotel app integration. Customers can access these channels by downloading the app, following a link or scanning a QR code. 100% of the tip goes to the employee and there is never a guest charge.

“With over 20 years of notable experience in mobile payments, our team created TipYo to meet customer expectations for contactless payments,” said Brian Walsh, Founder of TipYo. “The results from the TipYo platform reflect an average tip of $11, which clearly increases employees’ net pay. I’m honored that TipYo has been selected as a preferred supplier by Curator Hotel & Resort Collection, and I look forward to working with their incredible collection of independent lifestyle hotels to provide a cashless tipping solution.”

About Curator Hotel & Resort Collection

Curator Hotel & Resort Collection is a distinct collection of small, hand-selected brands and independent hotels and resorts, founded by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and a group of industry-leading hotel operators. Curator provides lifestyle hotels with the platform to come together and leverage cost reduction agreements, new products, services and technologies, and benchmarking reports while allowing their members the freedom to retain this that makes their hotels unique. In addition to Pebblebrook, founding members of Curator include Davidson Hospitality Group, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Provenance, Sage Hospitality Group, Springboard Hospitality and Viceroy Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit and follow us at @CuratorHotelCollection.

About TipBrightly

An award-winning solution, TipBrightly has been recognized by Skift, The New York Times, Nasdaq and Hospitality Technology for its innovative way to help cashless hotel guests tip using their phone, making the experience of expressing appreciation quickly and easily. , and hassle-free. Built specifically for the hotel and hospitality industry, TipBrightly is a three-way platform that provides businesses and their employees with a complete tip collection, remittance, and tracking system. For the first time, customers can use Apple Pay or Google Pay and receive a receipt for a tip.

Unlike mobile payment apps like Venmo and CashApp, TipBrightly adds value and functionality to the tipping process, integrating digital tipping, instant real-time customer feedback, and business intelligence. TipBrightly also does not require the guest to download a mobile app or create an account. Tipping is also anonymous, keeping tipping discreet and optional in hotels. TipBrightly takes a personalized approach to implementation, offering personalization of requested feedback and alignment with hotel branding, whether independent or part of a global chain. For more information, visit

About Tip Yo

TipYo is a full-service mobile tipping solution designed for the hospitality industry. We partner with hospitality companies to ensure travelers can express their gratitude to service staff in our cashless economy. Available in hotels across the country, customers use TipYo to tip hard-working hospitality employees with just a few taps on their phone. TipYo is the safest and most convenient way for customers to safely tip in a time when social distancing is the norm and the use of cash is decreasing.

Customers who want to tip will never again face what Bloomberg News has called the “universal travel faux pas”: having no money in your pocket when you want to tip. Customers are always generous and with TipYo, the amount of their tip does not depend on the bills they have in their wallet. In addition, 100% of the tip goes to the employee, which increases his net salary. Our high tip average of $11 exceeds the cash-only tip average. TipYo is an affordable HR benefit that helps hire and retain employees. Our solution is designed to meet the needs of our hotel partners through our customer interfaces (app, web version or hotel partner app integration), QR codes, extensive reporting, marketing support, tip matching, and more! For more information, visit

About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and the largest owner of city and resort hotels and resorts in the United States. The Company owns 53 hotels and resorts, totaling approximately 13,200 rooms in 15 city and resort markets. For more information, visit and follow us @PebblebrookPEB.

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Media inquiries:
Melanie Neff 305-677-3904 ext. 23 ([email protected])

For independent owners and operators interested in joining Curator:
Jennifer Barnwell 240-507-1338 ([email protected])
Jenn Parks 240-660-9483 ([email protected])

For businesses and service providers interested in partnering with Curator:
Austin Segal 240-660-9428 ([email protected])


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