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Mr. Araya

Andres Araya

Managing Director, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain

A consummate hotel executive with 25 years of experience with leading luxury hotels worldwide, Chilean-born Andres Araya took the reins of Spain's exclusive and historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine hotel in 2010. During the first two years, he guided the 900-year-old abbey through a sensitive restoration to convert it to a unique hotel, that earned it an award from the European Union for conserving cultural heritage, and committed to making LeDomaine a property that would be on the wish list of every discerning global traveler. He opened the new hotel in March 2012 with the first complete butler service in Spain and in 2015 oversaw the addition of a spa that is among the best in Spain. As part of his F&B strategy to position LeDomaine as a world-class culinary destination, he partnered with one of the world's superstar chefs, Spaniard Andoni Aduriz; within two years, in 2014, the hotel had earned a Michelin Star. Today, LeDomaine is one of Spain's most renowned properties, recognized as the country's #1 hotel in several prestigious magazine and industry rankings, while the Abadía Retuerta wines have been recognized as being among the Top 100 Best in the World by Wine Spectator. Mr. Araya's distinguished career includes serving as managing director of internationally acclaimed, Five Diamond Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, and holding executive positions with the Ajman Kempinski Hotel & Resort, United Arab Emirates; Conrad Cairo Hotel & Casino, Cairo, Egypt; St. Regis Aspen, Colorado; Sheraton María Isabel, Mexico City, and The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City, South Africa.

Please visit http://www.ledomaine.es for more information.

Mr. Araya can be contacted at 34-983-680-368 or info@ledomaine.es

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.