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Mr. McAteer

Kevin McAteer

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Concord Hospitality

Kevin McAteer is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Concord Hospitality. In his role, Mr. McAteer is responsible for the overall revenue strategies for all three revenue generating disciplines (digital marketing, revenue management and the sales and marketing efforts) for Concord's more than 90 hotels and 3,500 guest rooms.

Bringing nearly 30 years of hospitality experience, Mr. McAteer recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary with Concord. He first joined Concord in 2003 where he held the position of General Manager for both Courtyard and Renaissance hotels. In 2006, he was appointed as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and is credited with developing the foundation for Concord's award-winning revenue management department. Under his leadership, Concord was also one of the first franchise companies to deliver digital marketing as a core hotel management competency.

Prior to joining Concord Hospitality, Mr. McAteer enjoyed a 12-year career with Marriott International, working in numerous leadership capacities at the company, including the position of Area General Manager for Courtyard and certified Regional Sales Trainer for Residence Inn. All told, he has held General Manager or Executive Team positions in four different Marriott brands.

Mr. McAteer is an active member of the Renaissance & Marriott Hotel and Resorts Marketing advisory committee, Marriott's eCommerce Advisory Team, Marriott Canada Sales and Marketing Advisory Board, Cambria Marketing Advisory Committee, and sits on the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. He holds a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.

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

Mr. McAteer can be contacted at 919-455-2900 or kevin.mcateer@concordhotels.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.