Editorial Board

Mr. Roeh

Lola Roeh

General Manager, The Osthoff Resort and Aspira Spa

Lola Roeh began her career in hospitality over 30 years ago, accepting a position at the storied American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Over the course of her tenure there, Lola held management and development positions in guest services, marketing and special events, and quality control, culminating her hotel management experiences with the position of General Manager. She was also the opening manager of the Kohler Design Center, the first manager of Commercial Development and finished her career at Kohler as the Director of Destination Marketing for the Kohler Hospitality Businesses. Eighteen years ago, Ms. Roeh became the General Manager of the AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, one of the Midwest’s premier resort destinations. She has served as Chair and Board Member for the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, and received the Association’s Innkeeper of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2012. Ms. Roeh is also an active member in the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, and the International Spa Association (ISPA) USA. She has served as the President and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Chair and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission. Ms. Roeh is a past Chair of the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Tourism and serves on the Marketing Committee. In 2014, she was honored with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s highest industry honor, the Legacy Award.

Mr. Roeh can be contacted at 920-876-5832 or lroeh@osthoff.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.