Editorial Board   Guest Author

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 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.