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Mr. Marr

David C. Marr

Senior Vice President & Global Head, Hilton Full Service Brands

David C. Marr serves as senior vice president and global head for Hilton's Full Service Brands category, overseeing the company's flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, as well as the DoubleTree by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton brands.  Dave and his team oversee full service brand operations and standards, and provide global product development and brand definition in areas including Food and Beverage, Innovation, Wellness, Spa, and Fitness.  Mr. Marr was appointed to his current role in 2017 and has brought his hospitality experience and knowledge of the industry to Hilton's global portfolio of world-class hotels and resorts. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Hilton's full service brands.

Mr. Marr has an extensive background in leading development strategy, brand positioning, marketing, communications and owner relations in the hospitality industry. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Marr has a proven track record of success, generating strong growth for major hospitality brands and launching successful, large-scale hotel brands. Mr. Marr began his hospitality career at Hilton and has worked with the company in a variety of positions across key markets including Washington, D.C., Boston, and New Jersey. He also spent time working at the iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.

Mr. Marr received his bachelor's degree in business, management, marketing and related support services from University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. He is currently based at Hilton's global headquarters in McLean, Va.  


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

Mr. Marr can be contacted at 703-883-6587 or david.marr@hilton.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.