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Mr. Chopra

Bhanu Chopra

CEO, RateGain

Bhanu Chopra, aged 40, is an India-based young and dynamic entrepreneur, currently the CEO of RateGain, an IT solutions, a company he founded in 2004. Mr. Chopra has a masters degree from Indiana University Bloomington, USA in Finance and Computer Science. Mr. Chopra started his career at Deloitte Consulting serving several Fortune 500 companies in Chicago. He is currently the CEO of RateGain, a company he founded in 2004. Prior to setting up RateGain, he co-founded Riv Consulting. He started RateGain in response to the increasing popularity of Online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Orbitz in the west, when he identified the business need of these OTAs to compare rates across their competitor websites. Mr. Chopra has been profiled on the Young Turks program of CNBC-TV18 and was shortlisted as a finalist for the "Red Herring 100 Asia" Awards 2008 and again recognized as a great entrepreneur for his active participation & involvement as a part of “iSpirit's” Podcast series where he shared his views on transforming India into a hub for new generation software products. Mr. Chopra is a sought after speaker in the travel and hospitality technology space. He has been speaker/ panelist at various HSMAI events, Hotel technology Conference, China Low Cost Airline Summit, Independent Hotel Show etc. He is also a contributor to publications like 'Entrepreneur' and 'The Economic Times'. Mr. Chopra is a visionary, achiever and a great leader. With his great passion and remarkable dynamism, he has taken RateGain to great heights. Today he guides the development of RateGain's service offerings and delivery methodologies.

Mr. Chopra can be contacted at bchopra@rategain.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.