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Ms. Heinicke

Krista Heinicke

PR Manager for Food & Beverage, The Broadmoor

Krista Heinicke is a former international athletic competitor, avid foodie and tireless public relations professional. Ms. Heinicke has been a member of The Broadmoor family since 2009 and prior to that, she held numerous roles in the hospitality industry. Growing up in Michigan and holding her first job at age 11 in the family McDonald's business and having a mother who majored in Food and Nutrition, food and beverage held a common thread and comforting guide in her life. Ms. Heinicke graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a Communications degree and simultaneously co owned a fine dining French restaurant Chez Pierre in downtown Colorado Springs. Never allowing grass to grow under her feet, she started a family and moved onto the world of retail and hospitality with Williams Sonoma. An opportunity arose to jump back into Public Relations where she worked with a small PR firm in Manitou Springs that specialized in equestrian and celebrity writing where she spent 4 years. As life takes unexpected turns, Ms. Heinicke went back to where she originally started her life in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor. She has worked in all aspects of hospitality from sales to concierge to restaurant owner and Public Relations Manager for Food and Beverage for The Broadmoor. Securing clients stories in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Town and Country Magazine as well as entertaining travel writers from Cooking Light, Chicago Tribune, Ms. Heinicke knows what it takes to build long lasting and trusting professional relationships.

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

Ms. Heinicke can be contacted at 719-471-6188 or kheinicke@broadmoor.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.