Editorial Board

Mr. Wilms

Ed Wilms

Principal, DLR Group

Ed Wilms is DLR Group’s National Hospitality Design Leader. In this role he is a frequent traveler, which he parlays into research for his next hotel design. This opportunity to be the end user has helped Mr. Wilms shape his definition of the definitive guest experience. Mr. Wilms is instrumental in DLR Group's ongoing design for expansion and renovations at the Mall of America including the award-winning JW Marriott Minneapolis. He works closely with flagship brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and his projects include the Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District, AC Hotel Gainesville, Austin DoubleTree by Hilton, AC Hotel Grand Rapids, The Elizabeth, Marriott Autograph, and the AC Hotel San Francisco. Mr. Wilms’s passion and focus to deliver the best guest experience has led him to be successful in developing numerous world-class memorable experiences to owners, developers, brands and guests to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. He draws on his 25 years of experience in design, planning, and project management to provide leadership on a wide range of complex large scale hotel projects. He understands the importance of engaging stakeholders in a highly collaborative design process to produce spaces that enhance the guest experience and build brand loyalty. His strong leadership and guidance creates an open and effective project team to accomplish the clients’ vision. "I love that my job is different every day. Each day brings a new design problem and I love being able to work it out with the most talented group of professionals at DLR Group." Please visit http://www.dlrgroup.com for more information.

Mr. Wilms can be contacted at 612-977-3567 or ewilms@dlrgroup.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.