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Mr. Heidenreich

Jay Heidenreich

Director of Sales & Marketing, Ritz Carlton Kapalua

Jay Heidenreich has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing of the 463-room AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua located on the northwest shore of Maui. With more than eighteen years of hospitality experience, Heidenreich will be responsible for the leadership of all sales and marketing for the luxury hotel in the exclusive enclave of Kapalua. Prior to his new role, he most recently served over four years as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Northern California. “Jay brings a wealth of experience both within The Ritz-Carlton brand as well as Sales and Marketing leadership roles at neighboring Hawaiian resorts,” said Alex Ahluwalia, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “The combination of his talents, contacts and destination experience will be an incredible asset for The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua,” he continued. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., Heidenreich was a Sales Manager on the opening team of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in New Mexico. In 2002 he joined Princeville Resort, a luxury Kauai hotel on Hanalei Beach as Senior Sales Manager. After two years with the property, Heidenreich was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing, where he served for three years. During his tenure at Princeville Resort, he was part of 2004's Sales Team of the Year and the top producer for the Western United States in 2005 within Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton in 2009, Heidenreich also served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Originally from San Mateo, Calif., Heidenreich earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. During his studies, he held various operational positions in housekeeping and stewarding, as well as assistant restaurant manager and front desk agent, for several San Francisco Bay area properties. For more information about The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua call the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua. About The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua showcases a stunning, fully-renovated destination resort offering 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, boasting warm-hued wood floors, rich travertine bathrooms, flat-screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian-inspired artwork. The Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua beckons with treatment rooms framed by private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, steam, sauna and whirlpool therapies, outdoor couple's hale (cabanas) and a fitness center and movement studio with spectacular ocean views. Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program offers all interest levels an array of outdoor activities from land to sea, led by trained naturalists. The breathtaking island resort also features six dining experiences, enhanced indoor/outdoor meeting space, an inviting children's pool and luxury cabanas. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is nestled on 54 acres and enveloped by the 23,000 acre Kapalua Resort, renowned for two championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants and an historic pineapple plantation.

Please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua for more information.

Mr. Heidenreich can be contacted at 808-669-6200 or jay.heidenreich@ritzcarlton.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.