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Mr. Donaldson

Edward Donaldson

VP Marketing, Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Ed Donaldson brings with him over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry serving in roles on property and in a regional capacity to his current position as Vice President of Marketing, The Americas for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a consortium of over 320 luxury hotels in 57 countries around the globe. Mr. Donaldson is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Master of Science, Marketing Degree. He is responsible for the operation, promotion and development in The Americas region on behalf of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand. Beginning his career on property with Boykin Management and later with Serivco, Mr. Donaldson later moved to New York to serve as Director of Sales at The Royalton. After The Royalton, he became the Regional Director of Sales for Capstar Hotels and then moved to Sterling Hotels and Resorts in the same capacity. Sterling Hotels & Resorts was then merged into REZsolutions, Inc, which added the overseeing of Summit Hotels & Resorts and Golden Tulip Worldwide sales initiatives on the east coast based in New York. Following that, Mr. Donaldson returned overseas to act as Regional Director of the UK & Ireland for TRAVELclick based in London. Mr. Donaldson returned to the states and took up the position Regional Director of Sales for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in the New York Regional office.

Mr. Donaldson can be contacted at 212-953-2064 or ed.donaldson@slh.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.