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Ms. Moreno de Tejada

Alejandra Moreno de Tejada

Marketing Manager, Big Worldwide

Alejandra Moreno de Tejada is Marketing Manager at Big Worldwide, parent company of evolution Distribution. In this role, she is responsible for the lead generation and marketing strategies of the company. Passionate about all things digital and having experienced different areas in the industry, from on property room operations, communications in a renowned hotel chain headquarters to marketing in a hotel representation company and hotel technology provider, Ms. Moreno de Tejada has a very clear idea of what the gaps in the industry are and what innovation can help take the industry forward. Ms. Moreno de Tejada holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as various specialised CIM and IDM qualifications.

Ms. Moreno de Tejada can be contacted at 44-0-20-7380-8590 or amoreno@ghotw.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.