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Mr. McCartan

Michael McCartan

Managing Director Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Duetto

Michael McCartan joined Duetto as managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2014 to spearhead the rollout of disruptive pricing tools throughout the region. From Duetto's London office, Mr. McCartan directs the vision and execution across Europe, and has overseen massive growth by building the right strategies and partnerships. Since joining Duetto, he has helped establish Duetto teams in France, Italy and across the DACH region.

Prior to Duetto, Mr. McCartan held several leadership positions and rose to CEO of eRevMax, overseeing the daily operations of the Rate Tiger and Simple Distribution brands, where he grew the operations to serve more than 8,000 customers and capture data benefitting more than 40,000 hotels worldwide. He directed product development, business development, and customer and hotel relationship management in more than 100 countries. Prior to eRevMax, Mr. McCartan held senior management positions at Pegasus Solutions and at UK-based Computer and Design Services, where he managed sales of software solutions for the civil engineering industry. McCartan has an engineering degree from the University of Cape Town and a business degree from the Open University.

A specialist in software product management, business development, technical pre/post-sales and overall project management, Mr. McCartan has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is adept at engineering creative solutions and then executing their delivery, understanding the exact needs of the client and the challenges surrounding the market. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at major travel industry events across the EMEA region.

Please visit http://www.duettoresearch.com for more information.

Mr. McCartan can be contacted at +44 755-796-8806 or michael.mccartan@duettoresearch.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.