Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Crabbe

Ryan Crabbe

Senior Director Global Spa Brands, Spa Operations Americas Hilton

Ryab Crabbe is Senior Director Global Spa Brands, Hilton Spa Operations, Americas. Mr. Crabbe leads overall strategy and brand management for Spa at Hilton Worldwide. Hilton is one of the largest operators of spa and wellness businesses in hospitality and manages spas under its Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Curio, Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites brands. Mr. Crabbe's team develops concepts, tools and resources that enhance the guest experience, position Hilton brands as spa innovators and create measurable commercial value for its community of owners and operators. In addition to his brand responsibilities, Mr. Crabbe leads operations for Hilton's spa portfolio in the Americas and is responsible for new project development, delivery of financial and guest satisfaction objectives, and the leadership of a field of talented spa leaders. Mr. Crabbe has been with Hilton based in McLean, Virginia for five years. Prior to Hilton, Mr. Crabbe served in senior roles with Wynn Resorts and Ritz-Carlton Hotels where he developed and opened numerous spas, led the achievement of several Forbes four and five star spa facilities, and optimized financial performance for numerous hospitality and leisure assets. Mr. Crabbe graduated from the University of Virginia in 2001 and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Mr. Crabbe can be contacted at 703-883-1028 or ryan.crabbe@hilton.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.