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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 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.