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Mr. Mueller

Markus Mueller

Vice President Global Sales, Worldhotels

Markus Mueller is a sales expert with extensive experience working with hotel groups and chains and considerable international experience. Most recently before joining Worldhotels, Mr. Mueller was Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He was responsible for all aspects of brand marketing and sales for 18 new hotel projects and eight operating hotels. He has also served as Head of Brand Relaunch at InterContinentalHotels Group, where he managed a global brand relaunch for 126 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Asia Pacific. Having held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at several hotels, he has experienced firsthand what support hotels need in their efforts to drive local and global sales. Mr. Mueller holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK. Worldhotels announced Mr. Mueller's new position during the Annual Conference in January 2015 as part of a stronger sales focus for the group. In this role, Mr. Mueller works closely with Worldhotels' global sales teams to develop new strategies as well as maximize all current sales efforts. Mr. Mueller also oversees the group's ‘Check 5' programme, a bundle of initiatives designed to help Worldhotels' affiliate hotels build their sales intelligence. He is based in the group's head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Mueller is a German national, but has lived and worked in many cities around the world, including Singapore, London, New Delhi, and Aruba.

Please visit www.worldhotels.com for more information.

Mr. Mueller can be contacted at 49 69 66056 259 or mmueller@worldhotels.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.