Editorial Board

Mr. Fawell

Richard Fawell

Design & Managing Principal, VOA Associates Incorporated

Rick Fawell, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, is currently Design and Managing Principal of the two VOA offices in China and has been designing and planning Hotel, Resort and Residential projects over the past 35 years across the United States and currently in China and Southeast Asia. Mr. Fawell has studied, worked and lived in Paris, France and Helsinki, Finland as well as Boston and Chicago in the United States and since 2009 has resided in Beijing. The Beijing and Shanghai offices of VOA are responsible not only for the hospitality work in China but also currently in South Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia. VOA is also in the midst of large resort master-planning projects throughout Asia. Mr. Fawell has been with VOA as a Principal for the past 19 years, the past seven years predominantly in Asia. VOA is currently in various stages of design and construction on new luxury hotels, residential projects, and resorts throughout China and the rest of Asia.

Mr. Fawell can be contacted at 312-453-7554 or rfawell@voa.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.