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Mr. Menis

Michael Menis

Senior vice President, Digital + Voice Channels, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Michael Menis is Senior Vice President, Digital + Voice Channels, for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG). Mr. Menis has global responsibility for leading IHG's digital and voice strategy for the direct commercial channels, including web, mobile and voice. He also leads IHG's global digital marketing and social marketing programs as well as developing the use of emerging digital technologies to enhance the guest experience. In addition, Mr. Menis is responsible for delivering strong direct channels to build preferred brands and establish lifetime relationships, with accountability for more than $6 billion in revenues annually and more than 3,500 employees globally. Previously Mr. Menis served as Vice President for Web & Interactive Marketing at IHG. In this role, he had responsibility for all IHG websites and digital marketing efforts globally including all online, affiliate and mobile marketing as well as global search engine marketing and optimization. He also oversaw the design, development and implementation of all global demand generation programs driving revenue through direct Internet channels and call centers. Mr. Menis joined IHG in 2001 within Global Marketing Services where he was responsible for IHG's global digital marketing program. A 20-year digital veteran, Mr. Menis served as Director, Business Development, Nexchange Corporation, a syndicated e-commerce startup, prior to joining IHG. At Nexchange Corporation, he built an affiliate network reaching over 55% of the Internet viewing audience. Before that, Mr. Menis led corporate Intranet development for MCI Telecommunications, building web applications for employee communications.

Please visit www.ihgplc.com for more information.

Mr. Menis can be contacted at 44-0-1895-512-000 or michael.menis@ihg.com

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.