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Ms. Streeter

Pam Streeter

Vice President Distribution and Marketing, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Pam Streeter is the vice president distribution & marketing for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Her responsibilities include using e-commerce to develop new revenue opportunities for direct to hotel business; managing relationships with third-party Web companies; and overseeing Interstate's usage of the GDS, marketing, and rate programs as well all internet and email marketing strategies. In 1999, she was promoted to vice president of electronic distribution and in 2001 took on more responsibilities for marketing. In 2006, Streeter was named one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality & Travel Sales & Marketing. She currently serves as President of the HSMAI DC Chapter and holds board of director's position for the HSMAI Foundation, HSMAI Americas Board and the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA). She is on the Technology Committee for Historic Hotels of America and has served as an Advisory Board Member for VFM, a Toronto based corporation and chair of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association's (HEDNA) distribution action committee, previously served as co-chair of the education committee for HEDNA, has contributed to industry publications and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

Ms. Streeter can be contacted at 703-387-3360 or Pam.streeter@ihrco.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.