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Mr. Hoare

Mark Hoare

Partner, The Prism Partnership

Mark Hoare has over 30 years hospitality and hospitality technology experience within the European and North American marketplaces. Drawing upon his hotel operations and management career with companies such as The Savoy Group, Royal Classic Hotels, Sheraton and Disney, he made the transition into hotel technology in the early 90's. With Hotel Information Systems he rose through a series of positions culminating in the role of General Manager Western Europe. Later he moved to the United States and focused his attentions on Central Reservations and Distribution technologies by joining Anasazi, which later became Pegasus Solutions. At Pegasus he held VP of Product Management positions with P/L responsibilities for both their Reservations and Distribution business lines. In his most recent corporate position he was SVP of Travel Cruise & Hospitality with IBS. In 2005, while still fully involved in the corporate world, Mr. Hoare founded his own consulting and services company as a means to further contribute to the hospitality industry. In 2007 he transitioned into full-time consulting becoming a partner with The Prism Partnership where he now draws upon all of his hotel operations, management and technology experience to bridge the gap that so often exists between these primary areas. Mr. Hoare is passionate about the development of new business solutions and complementary technologies that result in more efficient and cost contained hotel operations, and also with breakthrough technology solutions that remove legacy barriers to the flow of electronic commerce between hotel suppliers and the distributors of their products. A long standing member of industry organizations such as HTNG, HSMAI, HEDNA and HFTP, Mr. Hoare frequently presents at their conferences and also regularly contributes articles to the industry press. Born and educated in England, Mr. Hoare has traveled and worked extensively throughout: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and for the last nineteen years has been based in the United States where he currently resides with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Please visit www.theprismpartnership.com for more information.

Mr. Hoare can be contacted at 404-424-9258 or mhoare@theprismpartnership.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.