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Mr. Meade

Bill Meade

Director, Tetra Tech

Bill Meade is a Director with Tetra Tech and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mr. Meade heads Tetra Tech's clean energy and sustainable tourism work. He is currently directing the USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) project supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy project development. Mr. Meade has over 25 years international experience and has led assignments supporting government agencies, industry associations, and private companies in the design and implementation of energy management, environmental management, and sustainable tourism development. He helped introduce Green Globe 21 sustainability certification, and has developed national and regional programs to recognize hotels for sustainability practices. He has also assisted private hotel companies and chains to develop corporate and property-level environmental management programs. Mr. Meade holds a BA in energy and environmental studies from Brown University. Bill has served on the Governing Council of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, chaired the board of the Certified Hotel Environmental Manager, and was a guest lecturer at George Washington University and Cornell University.

Mr. Meade can be contacted at 703-387-2134 or bill.meade@tetratech.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.