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Mr. Baudart

Emanuel Baudart

Global Chief Customer Officer, Accor Hotels

Emanuel Baudart has 15 years professional experience in key positions in Marketing, Sales, e-commerce, Loyalty programs, CRM and Distribution, in an international Hospitality and Services Group. He is experienced in international leadership positions and cross-functional management projects. He has been responsible for strategic business plans, annual budget planning, pricing, channel management & distribution strategies, international sales, marketing, e.commerce, social networks, media and advertising strategies. Mr. Baudart started his AccorHotels career in charge of roll-out programs for AccorHotels Central Reservation System and revenue management for worldwide operational units. In 2002, Mr. Baudart moved to Brazil to launch the call center operations for the South American AccorHotels organization. In 2005, he took over the position of distribution director for Brazil, overseeing Call Centers, Distribution, Sales & Loyalty. In 2009, he became Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty for the South American region for AccorHotels. Since November 2014, Mr. Baudart has been the Chief Customer Officer at the AccorHotels Headquarters in Paris. In this position, he is responsible for the Customer Centric transformation of the group for 4,100 hotels and 240,000 employees. Mr. Baudart holds a master's degree from INSEAD. He has also completed the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program at Stanford University. Mr. Baudart speaks four languages including English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. His expertise in building brand loyalty and e-commerce programs has been paramount in propelling AccorHotels forward, enabling smooth transitions as more brands and products join the AccorHotels family.

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

Mr. Baudart can be contacted at 33-1-453-886-00 or emanuel.baudart@accor.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.