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Mr. Schneider

Alexander Schneider

Vice President , Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts

Alexander Schneider is Vice President of Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts in Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Schneider has been working with Nikki Beach since April 2016, heading the opening of Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, a project that broke the mold of existing resort concepts in the Middle East.

Mr. Schneider is currently leading the Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts plans for expansion in Europe and the Middle East. Born and raised in Germany, he brings over 17 years of hotel management experience, having worked with major hotel operators like Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi - UAE, Rixos Properties UAE, Grand Hyatt, Germany and Casa Camper, one of the most successful lifestyle boutique hotels in Berlin.

With a track record in pre-opening assignments, as well as providing guidance to owning companies for their hotel assets, Mr. Schneider has a unique ability to work in the space between hotel operations, revenue management, sales and marketing. His international outlook in the luxury hotel industry including Germany, UAE and India makes him the perfect fit for a vibrant brand like Nikki Beach.

Mr. Schneider holds an Associate Degree with Honors from the Culinary Institute of America, New York, U.S.A. Be proud to inspire people and Appreciate each other's talents are two of Nikki Beach Family Values which inspire Alexander every day. He strongly believes that satisfied guests can become our ambassadors worldwide, while satisfaction is contagious.

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Mr. Schneider can be contacted at +971 4 376 6162 or alexander.schneider@nikkibeachhotels.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.