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Mr. Hopton-Jones

Greg Hopton-Jones

Director of Sales, Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown

Greg Hopton-Jones was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and entered active duty with the United States Air force after high school. Mr. Hopton-Jones was stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ with the 354th Fighter Squadron where he had the opportunity to visit multiple locations in Europe and the Middle East sparking his interest in travel before coming back to Alabama to attend the University of Alabama. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Mr. Hopton-Jones started his career in sales in the mortgage industry promoting wholesale mortgage products to credit unions and regional banks in the southeast before accepting an opportunity with Marriott International. As an Account Executive with Marriott, he was responsible for developing group business from multiple federal and state government agencies across the state of Alabama. He was routinely recognized within Marriott for outstanding marketing success and a recipient of Marriott's Golden Circle Award. Mr. Hopton-Jones eventually served as the group sales manager at Hilton Birmingham where he was directly responsible for top-line group revenue production for the hotel and routinely recognized as a ‘Top Achiever' within his organization. Mr. Hopton-Jones was subsequently promoted to his current position as the Director of Sales for Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown, a new 91 key boutique hotel in the vibrant downtown Tuscaloosa scene. Mr. Hopton-Jones currently lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife and two children and enjoys spending time and traveling with his family, SEC college football, and any opportunity to see live music.

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

Mr. Hopton-Jones can be contacted at 205-535-3980 or greg.hoptonjones@interstatehotels.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.