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Dr. Kimes

Sheryl E. Kimes

Professor of Operations Management, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Sheryl E. Kimes is a Emeritus Professor of Operations Management at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Visiting Professor of Analytics and Operations at the Business School at the National University of Singapore. Her area of specialization is revenue management. She has been teaching, conducting research and providing consulting services in this area for over 25 years. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters and has received multiple awards for her research including the Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Service Operations of the Production and Operations Management Society and the Industry Relevance Award by the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

In 2017, she was given the Hotel Sales and Marketing International Association Vanguard Award for Lifetime Achievement in Revenue Management. She was the third recipient of this award.

She has won multiple teaching awards including the Hospitality Teacher of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 2003 and a Ted Teng Teaching Award in 2012. In 2014, she was honored with the Menschel Distinguished Teaching Fellowship from Cornell University. She was the fourth recipient of the award.

Professor Kimes serves as a consultant to many business enterprises around the world including Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, American Airlines, Walt Disney World Resorts, Hyatt International, The Peninsula Group, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Asia-Pacific and Marina Bay Sands.

 

Please visit http://www.cornell.edu for more information.

Dr. Kimes can be contacted at +1 607-255-3692 or sek6@cornell.edu

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.