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Ms. Diggins

Catherine Diggins

General Manager, Hewing Hotel

Catherine Diggins is General Manager for Aparium Hotel Group's Hewing Hotel the Minneapolis hotel set to become the gateway to the North Loop's vibrant culture. An 18-year veteran to the industry with experience in 16 hotel openings and transitions, Ms. Diggins currently oversees the pre-opening period of the hotel, and is poised to manage day-to-day operations upon opening. “With the opportunity to open Hewing Hotel, the prospect of building a pivotal Minneapolis destination for visitors and social anchor for the North Loop neighborhood is invigorating,” says Ms. Diggins. “I am honored to be a part of the team that the Aparium Hotel Group has assembled to foster vibrant and eclectic experiences in the North Loop and beyond.” Ms. Diggins' dynamic and energetic hotel management skillset has fostered a successful hospitality career. Her passion for the industry evolved from a summer job she held in college as the front desk agent at the Westin Beach Resort, Key Largo, to an impressive portfolio of hospitality projects across the country. Spending fourteen years of her career at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Ms. Diggins developed her expertise as a Front Office Manager with Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Hyatt Regency Tampa, and Park Hyatt Los Angeles. Following these roles, Ms. Diggins held multiple leadership positions in the rooms division as the Assistant Director of Rooms at Grand Hyatt New York, Director of Rooms at Park Hyatt Washington, and Corporate Director of Rooms at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts amongst other positions. Following her time at Hyatt, Catherine transitioned to Marriott as the Resident Manager of JW Marriott Indianapolis from 2014 - 2015, and most recently served as the Director of Operations at the JW Marriott Minneapolis, overseeing the hotel operations during the hotel's opening and beyond.

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

Ms. Diggins can be contacted at 651-468-0502 or cdiggins@hewinghotel.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.