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Mr. Chao

Daniel Chao

General Manager, Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central

Daniel Chao is the General Manager of Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central. The Novotel Nanjing Central is located in the center of downtown Nanjing and caters for business and leisure travelers, while the Novotel Nanjing East is perfect for business travelers and has large versatile facilities for conferences and events. He is responsible for aspects of daily operations, sales and marketing and strategic planning. Prior to moving to Nanjing he was General Manager of hotels in Beijing, China and Africa. Mr. Chao's 24 year hospitality industry career began as a university student working part-time in restaurants. This evolved into restaurant management and eventually to hotel management. Daniel has always been fascinated by the duality of hotel management- with its creative, artistic side combined with its rigorous financial aspects - “It's great to be able to develop concepts and services then see how those creations generate real measurable results”. Working primarily internationally Mr. Chao has exercised his profession in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America which has given him great insights into what aspects of the industry are truly universal and what aspects need to be significantly tailored to fit local teams and consumers. Mr. Chao holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and an MBA from ESSEC University, Paris, France. Daniel is married and has two sons. In his free time he is a voracious reader of anything on topics ranging from management, to mathematics, popular science, history and fiction.

Mr. Chao can be contacted at +86 138 5158 0660 or danielchao@outlook.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.