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Ms. Hammond

Tara Hammond

Group Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Tara Hammond was named the group corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in May 2016. Previously, Ms. Hammond was the area CSR and sustainability manager for non-China hotels. She joined the group in 2011 as the area CSR and sustainability manager for resorts. During her time at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Ms. Hammond has contributed to the strategic development and implementation of corporate social responsibility through Sustainability, Shangri-La's Social Responsibility Programme, across the group's 96 properties worldwide. Sustainability encompasses environmental protection and community relations programs. In addition, Ms. Hammond has coordinated group-wide CSR initiatives, launching the Shangri-La Cares campaign to raise funds for relief and rebuilding projects. The group's CSR programs are measured by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Hang Seng Sustainability Index and have been recognized by industry awards. Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu, won the Intel AIM-Corporate Social Responsibility Award given by the President of the Philippines in 2011. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts CSR work was recognized at the Travel + Leisure Global Vision Awards for Leadership, and was a finalist at both the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Awards and WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Hammond was the environmental and social responsibilities manager at Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay in Oman. Prior to this role, Ms. Hammond was a consultant in the Sustainable Tourism Consultancy Project based in Syria. She has also held positions at the Jamaica National Tourist Office in Rome, Al Jazira Hotel and Resort in Abu Dhabi, and began her career in hospitality at The Carlton Hotel in the United Kingdom. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ms. Hammond studied responsible tourism management at the University of Greenwich following graduation from University of Surrey with a bachelor of science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Please visit http://www.shangri-la.com for more information.

Ms. Hammond can be contacted at 212-302-3155 or tara.hammond@shangri-la.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.