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Mr. Modak

Ashish Modak

General Manager, LUX* Belle Mare

Ashish Modak is the General Manager of LUX* Belle Mare, the flagship resort of LUX* Resorts & Hotels and is based in Mauritius. The group operates contemporary luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean where it has 8 properties and 2 resorts in China. The group is also launching its first resort in the UAE and is on a steady expansion plan in several new destinations. Mr. Modak’s profile includes operational excellence of over 20 years in Food & Beverage, Rooms Division and allied areas in some of the finest hotels in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa including experience in pre-openings and complete refurbishments of hotels with reputed hotel chains like Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces and Six Senses Resorts & Spas prior to joining LUX* Resorts & Hotels. In his current assignment, Mr. Modak has been instrumental in converting a 186 suite beach front resort in to a leading trendy offering boasting of some of the finest restaurants, a luxurious spa and one of the best service experiences in this part of the world. The resort has shown a steady upward trend on Trip Advisor from being on the 35th position in 2011 to being ranked 1st amongst 181 resorts in Mauritius in 2017. Having successfully launched Café LUX*, the Indian Ocean’s first home roasted coffee experience at LUX* Belle Mare in 2011, Mr. Modak was also involved in the opening of LUX* Resorts & Hotels 2 franchise cafés. Please visit http://www.luxresorts.com/en/hotel-mauritius/luxbellemare for more information. Please visit http://www.luxresorts.com/en/hotel-mauritius/luxbellemare for more information.

Mr. Modak can be contacted at +230 402-2000 or ashish.modak@luxbellemare.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.