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Mr. Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum

Founder & CEO, YouVisit

Abi Mandelbaum is co-founder and CEO of YouVisit, the only fully integrated platform for creating, distributing, and monetizing virtual reality and other immersive experiences across all devices, including headsets, mobile, and desktop. YouVisit empowers businesses and institutions to create and share memorable interactive virtual experiences that both engage and convert target audiences. Under Mr. Mandelbaum's leadership, YouVisit has become an industry leader, working with thousands of clients around the world, including top businesses and institutions such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Carnival, Yale, Zumba, and New York's Central Park. Prior to co-founding YouVisit, Mr. Mandelbaum worked in influential positions at both EMC Corporation and The New York Times Company. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Brandeis University, where he also played on the Men's Varsity Tennis team. In 2010, he received a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a scholar for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Mr. Mandelbaum is a fervent advocate of youth entrepreneurship, and when he is not working he enjoys serving as mentor to younger generations, playing tennis, drums, and hiking with his wife and son.

Please visit http://www.youvisit.com for more information.

Mr. Mandelbaum can be contacted at 866.585.7158. or AbiMandelbaum

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.