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Mr. McAndrews

Chris McAndrews

Vice President of Marketing - Hospitality Cloud, Cvent

Chris McAndrews is the Vice President of Marketing - Hospitality Cloud, for Cvent. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive profitable group and corporate travel business.

Mr. McAndrews' team leads the marketing efforts for Cvent's digital marketing tools and software solutions that enable hotels to attract valuable leads to grow their business, maximize the value of that business, and ultimately own their customer relationships.

Cvent provides easy-to-use, integrated technology solutions to maximize the impact of meetings and events of all sizes. Cvent helps organizations plan and market events, execute onsite, engage audiences and measure and analyze results.

Prior to joining Cvent, Mr. McAndrews served in several travel industry executive positions, including roles with pioneering online travel agency Travelocity and global corporate travel management network Radius Travel.

At Travelocity, his teams managed supplier relations, online advertising, and built a fast-growth cruise and vacation package business, helping the company become the first profitable OTA.

Mr. McAndrews helped lead the Radius Travel global network of corporate travel management companies to unprecedented growth in both its corporate account portfolio, and the value of hotel transactions generated through the Radius Global Hotel Program. His responsibilities with Radius included supplier sales, corporate marketing, technology partnerships, customer data management and corporate strategy.

Outside of travel, Mr. McAndrews also served as President, Digital Media for National Geographic and as head of corporate marketing for technology trade publisher International Data Group. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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

Mr. McAndrews can be contacted at +1 855-385-7823 or cmcandrews@cvent.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.