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Dr. Scanlon, Ph.D.

Nancy Loman Scanlon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, FIU

Dr. Nancy Loman Scanlon is an Associate Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University. She has over thirty years of lodging industry experience with Hilton Hotels, Marriott Corporation and Interstate Hotels. Dr. Scanlon is the Vice-Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and serves on the Advisory Panel of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) London, England. For the United Nations she serves on the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Words In-to Action Committee: Tourism Sector. At the 2015 Summit, she presented on “Miami, A City Slipping Back In-to the Sea”. Dr. Scanlon is chairperson of the Sustainability Council of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association. She is also a participant in both the Miami Beach Sea Level Rise Initiative and the Sea Level Rise Institute for Florida International University. Dr. Scanlon speaks internationally on climate change impacts and sustainability issues affecting tourism and is a leader in the application and research of sustainable operating practices and climate change adaptation for the hospitality industry. Her recent travels include several trips to China and Japan. As an advisory board member for MCW Global, Dr. Scanlon recently visited the organizations community centers in Arusha and Songea, Tanzania and Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Scanlon is the author of several hospitality industry books published by John Wiley and Sons, in addition to refereed conference presentations and journal articles. She holds a PHD in public policy and an MA from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Scanlon, Ph.D. can be contacted at 305-919-4775 or nscanlon@fiu.edu

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.