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Ms. Sipos

Daphne Sipos

Global Brand Director, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Daphne Sipos serves as the Global Brand Director for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. In this role, Ms. Sipos develops, manages and executes the strategy and creative direction of brand communication and marketing for St. Regis. During her tenure, St. Regis has experienced remarkable growth, with new properties in Abu Dhabi, Bal Harbour, Bangkok, Florence, Lhasa, Mexico, Osaka, Puerto Rico and Shenzhen just to name a few and has established unique partnerships and brand alignments. Ms. Sipos' career with Starwood began in October 2002, when she was hired as a Senior Marketing Analyst. In 2008, she became the Global Brand Manager for the St. Regis brand, and in 2013 she was promoted to her current position. New York City-based, Ms. Sipos is a leader in her field and Luxury Daily has named her one of the “Top 25 Luxury Women to Watch.” Ms. Sipos received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia with a focus on marketing, management and international business.

Ms. Sipos can be contacted at 212-380-4030 or Email: Daphne.Sipos@stregis.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.