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Mr. Ronson

Terence Ronson

Managing Director, Pertlink Ltd.

Terence Ronson is the expatriate British founder of Pertlink, a Hong Kong-based consulting firm specialising in hospitality IT.

Launched in 2000, Pertlink helps hospitality related companies establish and deliver unique IT visions and strategy.

Mr. Ronson is a member of numerous professional organisations such as HFTP and HTNG and is a regular speaker and organiser of Hotel TECH conferences worldwide. He writes a blog for hospitality-related websites, his most popular contribution being the 'Do's and Don'ts of Hospitality Technology and most recently was a blog on the just - opened Morpheus Macau - The God of Dreams.

Mr. Ronson has been involved in delivering IT design and unique solutions to numerous high-profile and multi award winning projects to include: Rosedale on the Park Hong Kong and Guangzhou, Langham Place Hong Kong, Hotel ICON Hong Kong, Zendai Himalayas Shanghai, PuLi Shanghai, Disneyland Shanghai, Guoman Shanghai, South Beach Singapore, and Aryaduta Hotels Indonesia. 

Currently, he is involved with Dusit Hotel and Management College Manila and Ventria Residences - a luxury Senior Living facility in Hong Kong.

Mr. Ronson began his diversified hospitality career over forty years ago as a chef in London before moving onto various hotel management and IT related positions in Asia and London.  In 1996 on his return to Asia and where he has since lived, he has focused on the effective use and development of technology in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Ronson can be contacted at +852 9468 0848 or terence@pertlink.net

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.