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Ms. Ackerman

Carol Ackerman

Founder, The Ackerman Group

Carol Ackerman enjoys working with a wide variety of clients in the areas of real estate design and development both in the US and Mexico. She explores the world from both the visual and verbal aspects of storytelling. She has art-directed and written for video and print publications, including hotel, retail and resort collateral. Her public relations and master planning design experience led to the co-founding of Resort Golf Media, which published “Desert Dreams, Desert Romance: The History of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa”, now in its third printing. Ms. Ackerman has fulfilled communications, design, entitlement and real estate development assignments for Walt Disney, Starwood Hotels, GMA International, Hacienda de los Santos, the Los Angeles Times, Nicklaus Design, and Arnold Palmer's Restaurant. As an officer in an international master planning firm, she works on design/development teams for a wide array of projects with an element of hospitality involved: wellness facilities including spas; golf club houses, boutique hotels and resort complexes; marinas, theme parks, sports complexes and mixed use venues which include destination retail, residential and recreational amenities. Notable event productions have included the St. Regis Hotel NYC, Azimut & Benetti Group, Italian Wine Merchants, KSL Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Golf Living Magazine, and the Pebble Beach Company. Ms. Ackerman resides in Phoenix, AZ and travels as often as possible visiting family throughout the US and to Mexico, where she is engaged in a large resort community development on the Cabo peninsula.

Ms. Ackerman can be contacted at 602-684-6800 or carol@theackermangroup.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.