Editorial Board

Mr. Cronin

David Cronin

General Manager, Houston Marriott West Loop

David Cronin came to the Houston Marriott West Loop after 16 years of extensive Food and Beverage experience with Marriott, at both domestic and international locations. He held positions in Catering Sales, Event Management and Event Planning before becoming the Director of Food and Beverage at Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. His successful management of a broad cross-section of hospitality F&B operations, from vacation destinations in Florida and Texas to full service hotels in Illinois and Utah, led to many prestigious awards and national recognition. In Salt Lake City, Mr. Cronin personally garnered Marriott’s Chairman Circle Achiever Award and Global Leadership Award for Special Events; while the hotel received many awards including Gold Key Award, Best of State Award, and Platinum Choice Award. At Chicago Marriott Downtown, he led the event team to regional acclaim by twice earning Marriott Event Team of the Year and Most Improved Event Customer Satisfaction. Since taking the reins of the Houston Marriott West Loop as the General Manager, Mr. Cronin received the prestigious Marriott General Manager Mustang Award for outstanding business leadership and led the hotel to awards for Customer Satisfaction Excellence and Guest Impact for 2011, and recognition as the Most Improved Hotel in the Americas. Mr. Cronin is active in the Houston Area Lodging Association, Children’s Miracle Network, and Houston Business Council. At home, he enjoys reading, spending time with his daughter and is an avid cyclist.

Mr. Cronin can be contacted at 713-624-1520 or david.cronin@marriott.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.