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Mr. Morvant, Jr.

Irby Morvant, Jr.

General Manager, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Irby Morvant Jr. is the general manager at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. A seasoned professional with nearly 30 years' experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Morvant's knowledge and passion for hospitality is invaluable as he leads the hotel through a complete, top-to-bottom renovation planned for completion in summer 2016. Mr. Morvant boasts a 27-year tenure with Hyatt, serving in various sales and leadership roles at properties from coast-to-coast, including multiple Hyatts in Chicago, historic Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, Hyatt Regency Boston and Hyatt Regency New Orleans. In 2007, Mr. Morvant was appointed regional vice president of sales based in Chicago, then moved into the role of general manager at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego prior to joining the team at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Mr. Morvant's passion for ensuring the quality of every touchpoint in the hotel inspires his entire team to contribute their talents to create a tranquil and holistic experience for every guest. He has a special enthusiasm for creating the type of restorative experience that surpasses guest's expectations of an airport hotel. A community man at heart, Mr. Morvant also serves on the boards of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo/Silicon Valley County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He graduated from University of New Orleans before being accepted into Hyatt's Corporate Management Training program. In his free time, Mr. Morvant enjoys exploring the South Bay peninsula with his wife and three children, trying various types of cuisine and doing adventurous outdoor activities.

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

Mr. Morvant, Jr. can be contacted at 650-347-1234 or irby.morvant@hyatt.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.