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Ms. Orlando

Dana Orlando

General Manager, Hotel Ivy

Dana Orlando, a hospitality professional with over 19 years of hotel experience, is the current General Manager at Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, a historic and award-winning property. With an extensive career in the hospitality industry, Michigan native Dana Orlando joins the Hotel Ivy team from previous executive roles at hotels including Director of Sales Group and Catering at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hotel Manager at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah, where she started as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Ms. Orlando has a successful record of applying a strategic perspective and proven expertise to develop, implement, and drive execution of initiatives that maximize operational effectiveness and profitability. A passion for building highly successful teams driving KPI growth as well as adapting to and execution against new and evolving strategies. Ms. Orlando is spearheading the operation of the historic 136-room downtown Minneapolis property. Located next to the Convention Center and just steps away from key retail areas and downtown offices, Hotel Ivy is a destination of choice for those traveling to the Twin Cities. The iconic property, which features 136 rooms, 21 luxurious suites, and a full Day Spa, also incorporates the historic Ivy Tower, which was completed in 1930 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Ms. Orlando has received numerous distinctions in her performance, including Circle of Excellence recipient for Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year with Hilton Luxury Brands in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Ms. Orlando and her team were awarded 2013 Most Improved RevPAR Growth for Hilton Luxury Brands. She received her Master of Business Administration from University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

Ms. Orlando can be contacted at 612-746-4600 or dana.orlando@thehotelivy.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.