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Ms. Maurice

Anne-Juliette Maurice

General Manager, Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York

Anne-Juliette Maurice is the General Manager of Hotel Plaza Athenee New York, a 142-room jewel located at 37 E. 64th Street. Combining cosmopolitan luxury with the intimacy and services of a boutique hotel, Hotel Plaza Athenee has created a home away from home for royalty, world leaders, celebrities, executives and sophisticated travelers from all around the world since 1984. With more than 20 years of experience in hotel management, Anne-Juliette Maurice's prior roles include the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. As such, she oversaw the rebranding of the Setai Fifth Avenue to Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. Ms. Maurice also held the position of Regional Director of Marketing, Miami and Regional Director of Marketing, Northeast, for Morgans Hotel Group, which included opening and launching Mondrian South Beach and Mondrian Soho. Prior to that, she was Director of Sales & Marketing at Swissotel The Drake, New York and Director of Sales at Le Parker Meridien New York. Ms. Maurice also worked for the Essex House under Nikko and Westin and was a member of the opening team of Euro Disney in Marne la Vallee, France.

Please visit www.plaza-athenee.com for more information.

Ms. Maurice can be contacted at 212-734-9100 or ajmaurice@plaza-athenee.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.