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Mr. Cossey

Nigel Cossey

General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center

Nigel Cossey serves as general manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center , which is located in a thriving suburb north of Dallas. Mr. Cossey oversees the daily operations of this newly renovated Texas hotel, which sports the largest meeting space in Allen and is recipient of the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence designation. He has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, with a specialization in food and beverage operations.

Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) owns and operates the 228-room/suite Courtyard Dallas Allen property under license from Marriott International, Inc. or one of its affiliates. JQH is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States and also operates more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space. Mr. Cossey's career with JQH also includes serving as assistant general manager at the company's 283-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel, Conference Center & Spa in San Marcos, Texas, which features 65,000 square feet of meeting function space. Under Mr. Cossey's strategic leadership, the hotel was recognized for outstanding profitability performance.

Prior to joining JQH in 2015, he was director of food and beverage at the 405-room Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mr. Cossey is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). He is active in the local lodging community, including participating on boards for The Hotel Association (THA) and the Allen/Fairview Hotel Association. 

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

Mr. Cossey can be contacted at 214-383-1151 or nigel.cossey@marriott.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.