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Ms. Manchester

Ayrlea A Manchester

Executive Assistant & Sustainability Supervisor, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

Ayrlea Manchester, has been with Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, working as an EA and as the Sustainability Supervisor since June of 2014. With 6+ years of experience in the hospitality industry, Ms. Manchester feels Bellstar is an excellent fit, a great company, and a fantastic team. She enjoys utilizing her degree as well as learning new skills. She is currently working in some Purchasing and Marketing projects as well. Ms. Manchester recently wrote and submitted a nomination on behalf of Bellstar for the Hotel Association of Canada's Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence: 2014 Environmental award, which they won. A great honour, of which they are very proud. Ms. Manchester was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, with a small ski resort on one side and a beautiful lake on the other. She spent most of her childhood outdoors. As she moved through all levels of schooling, Two of Ms. Manchester's passions were reading and writing. Ms. Manchester attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where she graduated with an Honours Environmental degree. She then spent 5 months traveling, visiting Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Bali and Southeast Asia. In October of 2013 Ms. Manchester moved from Ontario to Calgary, Alberta. Ms. Manchester's hobbies include reading, writing, swimming, hiking with her dog, snowboarding and horseback riding.

Ms. Manchester can be contacted at 403-695-3463 or ayrleam@bellstar.ca

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.