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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 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.