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Mr. Bragiel

Justin R. Bragiel

General Counsel, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

Justin R. Bragiel is General Counsel for the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association. Mr. Bragiel handles a diverse array of legal and legislative issues, including local and state hotel occupancy tax, hospitality law, regulatory issues, contract law, employment issues, and more. Mr. Bragiel joined the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association in February 2008. A member of the Texas Bar, Mr. Bragiel earned a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2007, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Based in Austin, THLA is the largest state lodging association in the United States, serving over 2,500 member businesses by providing operational, technical, educational, marketing and communications services, in addition to governmental affairs representation.

Please visit www.texaslodging.com for more information.

Mr. Bragiel can be contacted at 512-474-2996 or jbragiel@texaslodging.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.