Editorial Board

Mr. Slosser

Michael, J. Slosser

Vice President & Managing Director, L'Auberge Del Mar, by Destination Hotels & Resorts

Micahel J. Slosser has an extensive background in hotel and resort operations where he has managed in excess of 15 different assets at the executive level. Over the course of his career, Mr. Slosser has developed, built, renovated and repositioned many properties across the United States. Mr. Slosser has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading owners and business personalities in the industry and operate some of the finest hotels and resorts in the world. Most notably, he worked directly for the former White House Chief of Staff – Mr. H. R. Haldeman, who served President Richard Nixon. In this capacity, Mr. Slosser helped build and develop several world class hospitality assets. Subsequent to these endeavors, Mr. Slosser was responsible for two of the world’s finest resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele, where he served as Vice President of Resorts. These two resorts were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as the #1 and #3 ranked golf resorts in the world during his tenure. His experience includes time with Westin Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Stouffer Hotels and Resorts.Other notable experiences include operating the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA for entertainment mogul Merv Griffin, and operating the famed La Costa Resort & Spa located in Carlsbad, CA. For the past 13 years, Mr. Slosser has worked with Destination Hotels & Resorts initially at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado and for the past 11 years at L’Auberge Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, CA. Mr. Slosser engineered the $27M renovation of L’Auberge beginning with the closing of the hotel doors in the fall of 2007 and the grand reopening in June of 2008. Mr. Slosser is most notably recognized for his achievements in fundamentally envisioning, branding, designing and changing hospitality assets and thereby improving the financial performance for investors. Michael Slosser is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He attended the university’s Hotel and Restaurant Administration program and graduated in December of 1981.

Mr. Slosser can be contacted at 858-259-1515 or mslosser@destinationhotels.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.