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Mr. Millar

Ian Millar

Deputy Director of INTEHL, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne

Ian Millar’s double expertise in the areas of hospitality and information technology sets him at the forefront of new developments in the international hospitality industry. In addition to his BA Honours degree in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton, UK, he is a certified computer technician (Comptia A+). Professor Millar is also a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional – the first European to receive this qualification for hospitality professionals, which is awarded by HFTP (Hospitality Financial and Technical Professionals), a reputed international association which serves over 4,800 members across the world. Professor Millar is a frequent presenter at international IT conferences and is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Hospitality Technology Education Conference (EHTEC), a group of global hospitality experts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of HFTP (Hospitality financial and technology professionals) as the group’s educational representative, with the responsibility of helping HFTP to achieve its strategic goals and to help with European expansion. Professor Millar began his career as a Food and Beverage manager in the UK and then implemented various hospitality IT systems for companies based in London and Paris. He joined EHL in 2001. Professor Millar has been instrumental in developing the exceptional resources and expertise available to students at the school. He created EHL’s unique CyberHotel, a specially equipped and fully functional centre on campus that features best practical IT solutions in hospitality technology currently used in the industry. Professor Millar has also set up a Student Chapter for the European HFTP at EHL which regularly hosts guest speakers and meetings, and whose main purpose is the education of EHL students in the areas of technology and finance. As of May 2011, Professor Millar is the deputy director of INTEHL, the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at EHL. Presentations: HITEC 2006 – Session speaker – Food and beverage Business intelligence systems EHTEC 2006 – Session speaker – Software as a Service EHMA 2007 – Session speaker – Implementing software as a service applications. EHMA – 2008 – Session speaker – Guest room technology Master Inn Holders 2009 – Generation “Y” and technology use, considerations for hoteliers Master Inn holders 2010 – Top 10 technology issues in hospitality EHTEC 2010 – Session speaker “generation Y and hospitality technology” HVS INDIA 2010 – Keynote speaker “Hospitality technology as a service” Catersource 2011 – Event and meeting technology Guest lecturer: Emirates academy Dubai 2008 – Guest lecturer, Hospitality Information technology Romania Hotel school – 2008, 2010, Guest lecturer, hospitality information technology Articles: HTR (Swiss hospitality newspaper) – various technology articles 2008 / 2009 EHLITE magazine – Hospitality technology for guest rooms EHLITE magazine – Boutique hotel technology Hotel Yearbook 2009 – Future use of devices and internet for hotels Hotel yearbook 2010 – Technology standards in hotels Hotel Yearbook 2011 – Technology Roundtable The Bottomline – May 2009 – Real time room maintenance The Bottomline – may 2010 – Embrace the generation Gap

Mr. Millar can be contacted at +41 21 785 11 74 or Ian.millar@ehl.ch

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.