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Mr. McPhee

Ian McPhee

Hotel Manager, Ritz Carlton Kapalua

Long-time Ritz-Carlton veteran, Ian McPhee, was named Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua earlier this year. Bringing more than 29 years of extensive industry savvy to the role, Mr. McPhee leads the acclaimed resort's Food & Beverage division -- including its six restaurants - in addition to Culinary, Meetings & Special Events, Spa, Retail and Rooms now under his guidance. In the span of his 14 years with the renowned brand, Mr. McPhee's commitment has resulted in various leadership positions across the globe -- beginning with Banquets in Boston, then at the helm of operations and food and beverage divisions in Washington D.C., Georgetown, San Francisco, Osaka, Japan and ultimately settling in Maui -- where he has called home for the past year and one half. The breadth of property mixes also allowed Mr. McPhee to intimately oversee budgets, labor management and hotel standards. Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. McPhee earned a Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Education from Rhode Island's Johnson & Wales University and is invited annually to participate in the institution's Career Forum, where he proudly represents The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. His strong focus, impeccable leadership skills and extraordinary energy are certain to enhance to guest satisfaction and contribute to the overall success of the hotel.

Mr. McPhee can be contacted at 808-669-6200 or ian.mcphee@ritzcarlton.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.