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Mr. Doane

Jeff Doane

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North & Central America, AccorHotels

Jeff Doane has dedicated his career to maximizing the performance of the luxury, midscale and economy hotels he represents through heightened sales, marketing and revenue management leadership.   

In his current role as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North & Central America, Mr. Doane oversees all aspects of marketing, sales and revenue management including strategy development and plan execution of the nearly 100 AccorHotels properties in the region. Prior to this role, Mr. Doane was the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts after serving as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for the California region.     

Mr. Doane began his longtime affiliation with Fairmont as a Sales Manager for the San Francisco property in 1994.  He then served as Director of Group Sales from 1996 to 1999.  Based on his leadership skills and outstanding sales performance, Mr. Doane was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for The Fairmont San Jose in 1999.

Mr. Doane discovered his affinity and aptitude for the hotel industry while studying Business Economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. While attending UCSB, he worked at numerous hotels in a variety of roles including bellman, desk clerk, lifeguard and night audit.   

In his free time, he is a wine enthusiast, enjoys the theatre as well as spending time with his wife and three daughters. He also loves engaging in outdoor activities and sports and is a lifetime fan of the Golden State Warriors.

 

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

Mr. Doane can be contacted at 860-500-2020 or jeff.doane@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.