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Mr. Stacy

Mike Stacy

Chief Executive Officer, Groople.com

Mike Stacy has been the Chief Executive Officer of Groople.com, the leading group travel booking website since November 2005. Mr. Stacy brings 15 years of experience to Groople, including successfully building and growing some of the top online travel brands. Prior to joining Groople in November 2005, Mr. Stacy was president of Cheaptickets.com, a leading online travel website owned by Cendant. While at Cheaptickets, Mr. Stacy developed a new organization and improved the technology and customer experience, leading to historically high conversion rates. He effectively cut costs and launched a new marketing campaign, bringing Cheaptickets to profitability for the first time, earning the website the accolade of "Fastest growing online travel site" in 2004. Based in Denver Colorado, he holds a bachelor's degree from St. John's University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Mr. Stacy can be contacted at 303-483-9006 or mikestacy@groople.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.