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Mr. Cornell

Robert M. Cornell

Senior Vice President of Development, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

With more than 35 years experience in the hotel, airline and travel industries, Mr. Robert M. Cornell serves as Senior Vice President of Development for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Cornell joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 1994 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. From 2002 to 2004, he served as Managing Director of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand. A recognized expert in Quality Assurance, he also directs the company's award-winning Global Standards of Excellence™ quality assurance program. In 2006, he was instrumental in the development of Preferred Residences a new luxury residential brand created in partnership with Interval, and, in 2007, he led the acquisition team for Historic Hotels of America. Previously, he had been a Co-Founder and acted as Senior Vice President of the former Sterling Hotels brand. He also spent 12 years with Four Seasons Hotels, LTD, serving as Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Planning, Vice President of Field Marketing and at the property level, Resident Manager of the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle and Director of Marketing at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Mr. Cornell also held sales, promotion and marketing positions with Swissair and American Express travel. Mr. Cornell received his certificates in Hotelierie as an operations apprentice working at hotels in Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Morocco. He also attended Portland State College in Portland Oregon, The French Institute in New York and more recently earned a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.

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

Mr. Cornell can be contacted at 312-542-9205 or rcornell@preferredhotels.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.