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Mr. Schaap

Jos Schaap

Founder and CEO, StayNTouch

Jos Schaap is an innovator in aligning technology with business to create solutions and opportunities that drive change and improve service. Mr. Schaap founded StayNTouch, a leader in mobile technology and Property Management Systems (PMS) for hotels, in 2013. The company raised a Series A funding in 2016. Since its inception in 2013, StayNTouch has signed close to a hundred high profile properties and is currently deployed in select cities in the U.S and Europe. The company sees continued growth in these regions, and near-term expansion in Asia. Previous to this, Mr. Schaap had a track record of close to 20 years leading MICROS Systems, Inc. as a Senior Vice President in charge of global product development and strategy for the Lodging and eCommerce divisions. During his tenure, MICROS' hospitality products became the global market leader growing the company's revenues from less than $300 million to $1.1 billion. Mr. Schaap was responsible for introducing a number of new products enabling MICROS to enter all hospitality segments from limited to full service hotels. He was also a key adviser to executive staff on strategic planning and direction related to MICROS's overall global product strategy. Mr. Schaap speaks often at hospitality industry events, is a frequent contributor to leading trade journals, and spearheads original research at StayNTouch that is reflected in the company's blog and other public releases. Mr. Schaap has a degree from the University of Phoenix, and a degree in International Management and Business from the hotel school at the Hauge.

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

Mr. Schaap can be contacted at 301-358-1356 or jos@stayntouch.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.