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Mr. Zuri

Erich Zuri

General Manager, Munich Marriott Hotel

Erich Zuri joined the Munich Marriott Hotel as General Manager in 2014 where he heads the upscale property in the heart of Munich featuring 348 guest rooms, 14 suites, multiple dining options, a spa & health club, and modern meeting, event and conference spaces. Mr. Zuri brings over three decades of excellence in the hospitality industry to this post in one of Germany's most popular travel and meetings destinations. After graduating from HOSPA in Switzerland at the beginning of his professional life he built his career on both sides of the Pond, holding positions in the US and across Europe. He kicked things off in Washington DC where he served as the Food & Beverage Director at the Mayflower Hotel and then at the Madison Hotel before moving up to the General Manager spot at the State Plaza Hotel and Suites also in the US Capital city. Mr. Zuri then took the helm as the General Manager at the Renaissance Arlington Hotel in Virginia before returning to Europe in 1994 to assume the role of General Manager at the Renaissance Prague. At this property he was awarded Hotelier of the Year in the Czech Republic in 1997. From 1999 to 2006 Mr. Zuri held the office of vice president of CTF Hotels and Resorts, which includes 72 luxury hotel and resorts in North America and Europe. Following that, he joined Marriott Hotels to serve as the General Manager at the Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel, and acted as General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Brussels.

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

Mr. Zuri can be contacted at 49-89-360-020 or erich.zuri@marriott.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.