Editorial Board

Mr. Mueller

Markus Mueller

Vice President Global Sales, Worldhotels

Markus Mueller is a sales expert with extensive experience working with hotel groups and chains and considerable international experience. Most recently before joining Worldhotels, Mr. Mueller was Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He was responsible for all aspects of brand marketing and sales for 18 new hotel projects and eight operating hotels. He has also served as Head of Brand Relaunch at InterContinentalHotels Group, where he managed a global brand relaunch for 126 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Asia Pacific. Having held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at several hotels, he has experienced firsthand what support hotels need in their efforts to drive local and global sales. Mr. Mueller holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK. Worldhotels announced Mr. Mueller’s new position during the Annual Conference in January 2015 as part of a stronger sales focus for the group. In this role, Mr. Mueller works closely with Worldhotels’ global sales teams to develop new strategies as well as maximize all current sales efforts. Mr. Mueller also oversees the group’s ‘Check 5’ programme, a bundle of initiatives designed to help Worldhotels’ affiliate hotels build their sales intelligence. He is based in the group’s head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Mueller is a German national, but has lived and worked in many cities around the world, including Singapore, London, New Delhi, and Aruba. Please visit www.worldhotels.com for more information.

Mr. Mueller can be contacted at 49 69 66056 259 or mmueller@worldhotels.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.