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Ms. Adair

Nicole Adair

Area Director of Revenue Management, SHR

Nicole Adair joined SHR in 2015 after working in corporate revenue management for a diverse portfolio of hotels across the mainland United States and Hawaii. As a Certified Revenue Management Executive, she has extensive experience in directing connectivity and channel interfacing initiatives for multiple CRS, PMS, and channel management platforms. Her effective room inventory and channel management strategies have resulted in double-digit revenue growth and positive RevPAR index percent change across a large portfolio of properties. Ms. Adair has widespread experience working with several independent properties and brands in varying markets from urban hotels to beach resorts, and she draws on this experience when directing revenue strategy initiatives for SHR clients. Ms. Adair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Hospitality Management.

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Ms. Adair can be contacted at 800-252-0533 or nadair@shr.global

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.