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Mr. Caswell

Bill Caswell

Principal, Hospitality Practice Leader, North Highland

Bill Caswell is a principal with North Highland and serves as the firm's Hospitality practice leader. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, vacation ownership, sales, marketing and technology.

Mr. Caswell has broad expertise that includes strategy development, organizational change management, consumer engagement, acquisition and loyalty strategy, program and project management, hospitality start-up operations, sales force management, satisfaction assessments, training design and implementation, service level management and performance measurement.

Prior to joining North Highland, Mr. Caswell worked and consulted with some of the major players across the hospitality industry, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Wordwide, ANA Hotels and Kimpton Hotels.

North Highland is a global management consulting firm known for helping clients solve their most complex challenges related to customer experience, performance improvement, technology and digital, and transformation. Working with clients across a myriad of industries, North Highland has provided expert services to organizations and enterprises alike in the hospitality, financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, transportation - both private and public sector - and philanthropy industries, among several others. North Highland adds value and supports clients across the full spectrum of consulting. From early planning and strategy to delivery of the final product or service, the consultancy brings big ideas and then makes them a reality.

As an employee-owned firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, North Highland currently employs more than 3,000 consultants worldwide and has 70 plus offices around the globe, including the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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

Mr. Caswell can be contacted at +1 321-214-6009 or Bill.Caswell@northhighland.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.