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Mr. Garcia Rosa

Arturo Garcia Rosa

President & Founder, SAHIC South America and SAHIC Cuba

With more than 35 years of experience in hospitality, Arturo Garcia Rosa is regarded as one of the leading authorities and advisors in the hotel, travel and tourism industries in Latin America. His publications, articles, and presentations reflect his passionate interest in keeping current with industry developments throughout Latin America, as well as his profound insights, vision, and in-depth knowledge of the industry. In 1995 he founded RHC Hospitality Consulting [www.rhc.la][1], one of the most respected consulting firms based in Latin America. In 2008, Arturo founded SAHIC - the South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference - the only annual event of its kind in Latin America, aimed at promoting hotel and tourism developments and related real-estate projects in the region. In May 2017, he will host the first hotel investment conference in Cuba, SAHIC Cuba, in conjunction with the Cuba Ministry of Tourism. Mr. Rosa's career is as extensive as it is prestigious in the hospitality sector in Latin America; he was President & Managing Director of Buenos Aires' renowned Alvear Palace Hotel from 1984 to 1995, where he led the project to rebrand and reposition one of most iconic hotels in the world. He also served as President of Welcome Argentina (1992-1994) and was Founder and CEO of Destino Argentina (2003-2005), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Argentina as a travel destination. Mr. Rosa was also the force and brainpower behind the Argentina 2010 Travel & Tourism Plan, the first-ever destination marketing strategic plan for the country. [1]: http://www.rhc.la

Please visit www.sahic.com for more information.

Mr. Garcia Rosa can be contacted at 54-9-11-4445-7646 or agrosa@sahic.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.