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Mr. Saunders

Tedd Saunders

Chief Sustainability Officer, The Saunders Hotel Group

Tedd Saunders is Chief Sustainability Officer of The Saunders Hotel Group, President of EcoLogical Solutions, and Co-Owner of The Lenox Hotel and hotels along the Eastern Seaboard of The United States. Saunders Hotel Group is a fourth generation family business based in Boston. Often credited with pioneering luxury, urban ecotourism worldwide in 1989, he and his team continue to create game-changing sustainable business models for the world's largest service industry - travel and tourism. In 1992 Mr. Saunders formed EcoLogical Solutions, which has advised The White House, HRH The Prince of Wales' Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Taj Hotels, Choice Hotels and other hotel companies around the globe. With his industry leadership, Saunders Hotel Group has earned numerous prestigious honors including a U.S. Presidential Gold Medal, Energy Star Partner Of The Year Award and British Airways' Tourism for Tomorrow Prize. Feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today and NBC Nightly News praise their trendsetting approach and innovative accomplishments. Mr. Saunders is the author of "The Bottom Line of Green is Black", published by Harper Collins. He sits on the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health and the board of its Center for Health & The Global Environment - as well as the boards of CERES, UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists), Woods Hole Research Center, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and ELM's Corporate Council.

Mr. Saunders can be contacted at 617-.421-.4910 or tsaunders@ecological-solutions.net

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.