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Mr. Robinson

Kevin Robinson

COO & Managing Partner, Aparium Hotel Group

A Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Aparium Hotel Group, Mr. Robinson Robinson spent decades in the corporate world and naturally appreciates and understands the structure of a mature organization. However, as he continued his work in the hospitality industry, he became frustrated with the sameness this created.

Mr. Robinson was determined to build a worldwide structure that would ensure consistent levels of service through individual personality. It was clear that this thought process would easily compliment emerging destinations that are rich in history and culture but lack hotels that capitalize on those elements.

Mr. Robinson has a hard time removing himself from the operations of a hotel and works directly with all staff as he wants to make sure Aparium's culture is not lost in translation. He oversees the operation of the company and those individuals in the corporate office responsible for the property level operations. Mr. Robinson brings entrepreneurial ideation and finesse to the idea of “Translocal Hospitality,” immersing and interweaving the brand's independent hotels and onsite restaurants into each community.

Mr. Robinson established a wealth of experience and knowledge living and working abroad, with distinctive stints at some of the world's finest full-service and luxury hotels. He has opened numerous hotels, led massive renovations, and assisted with multiple brand/ownership transitions. His leadership resulted in world renowned accolades in every luxury hotel that managed, including the Elysian Hotel Chicago for which he positioned at the top of the luxury bracket, in a market already home to well-known high-end hospitality brands. A career, which began through the need for an overnight job while working his way through the University of Denver, Mr. Robinson took advantage of the right opportunities at the right moments.

An adventure seeker that is always looking to try something new and wants to improve everything, Mr. Robinson finds his zen in the great outdoors, enjoying the simple things of life. He is actively involved on several board positions and a non-profit organization which he co-founded.

Please visit http://www.aparium.com for more information.

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 312-275-1078 or kevin@aparium.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.