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Mr. Forgacs

Gabor Forgacs

Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of Guelph

Dr. Gabor Forgacs has twenty years work experience in the hotel industry on two continents including a management position at a Four Seasons hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the position of president and general manager of a full service hotel in Budapest, Hungary. He teaches at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, Toronto since 1997. He is teaching Revenue Management for Hospitality & Tourism, The Value of Branding in Lodging, and Property Management Systems. Dr. Forgacs is also a member of the Special Graduate Faculty of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he teaches Advanced Revenue Management for the MBA program. Dr. Forgacs had received his doctorate from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, in 1977. Dr. Forgacs has authored a book “Revenue Management. Maximizing Revenue in Hospitality Operations” published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (2010) and he was the editor of the online discussion series “Branding and Product Specialization in Hotels” by Henry Stewart Publications (2009). He has published articles in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, The Hotelier Magazine (Canada), The Rooms Chronicle (U.S.), The Accommodator (Canada), The Canadian Lodging News and other print magazines. Also published in conference proceedings of the ICHRIE (International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education), plus in online publications e.g. Hotel-Online.com, ehotelier.com, hotelnewsresource.com, 4hoteliers.com, htrends.com, HVS Intrenational.com, hsyndicate.org and other electronic publications. Dr. Forgacs is frequently quoted and interviewed in the Canadian media.

Mr. Forgacs can be contacted at 416-979-5000 x6693 or gforgacs@ryerson.ca

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.