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Mr. Robinson

Marcus Robinson

Chief Experience Officer, Monscierge

Marcus Robinson is a veteran international entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the American, European and South African telecom and software industries. During his tenure abroad, Mr. Robinson was the Managing Director for multiple companies, including Amcat EMEA and UK Digital.

As the Managing Director of Amcat, he spearheaded their launch into Europe, and successfully grew the brand into a market leader in under 5 years. It was during this time, pursuing global markets for Amcat, that he recognized a significant challenge facing the hospitality industry - both the smartphone revolution and the advent of social media altered the way hotels would need to communicate with travelers.

Using technology throughout the entire travel lifecycle became imperative as guests' expectations of hotel-utilized technology was growing faster than hotels could implement solutions. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Robinson founded the hospitality technology firm Monscierge.

Monscierge is a global company helping hotels and travelers connect for a better travel experience. His idea was to build technologies and strategies born of an innovative culture that was focused on being easy to use, scale, and do business with - all while still maintaining affordability.

Mr. Robinson and his team have spent the last five years working side-by-side with hotel employees and staff to develop tools that meet real day-to-day challenges for those in the hospitality industry. His philosophy of learning directly from the client has nurtured a culture of collaboration throughout the entire company. Initially launching the product line with touchscreen lobby devices, Mr. Robinson's idea was to provide a sense of comfort to travelers from all over the world by delivering trusted local information through the same technology hotel guests expect and use throughout their daily lives.

Today, the Monscierge suite touches every phase of the guest journey, from planning to post-stay, and is available in hotels around the world on smartphones, tablets, web, and lobby digital signage.

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 888.426.5730 or marcus.robinson@monscierge.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.