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Ms. Christodoulidou

Natasa Christodoulidou

Assistant Professor, California State University

Dr. Christodoulidou is the Director of the Hospitality Technology Research Institute at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She is an Associate Professor in the Management and Marketing Department at CSUDH where she teaches for the undergraduate and the MBA programs. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and a Master's of Accounting and a B.Sc. from Arizona State University (ASU). Her research interests are in the areas of Hospitality Technology, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Distribution, and E-Marketing. Her research has appeared in numerous academic and professional journals. Dr. Christodoulidou presents regularly at academic and professional industry conferences around the world. She has recently served as Program Co-chair for the 2015 Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Meeting in Seattle. She is currently serving as President Elect for the 2016 Program Chair for the Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI). Dr. Christodoulidou has published over 50 articles in the hospitality area, has been cited 100s of times in publications around the world, and has received a number of research awards. She has visited for research and/or speaking engagements all five continents and this has influenced her approach and writing style in the publishing work she has produced over the last 13 years. Currently Dr. Christodoulidou is investigating the impact of mobile technologies and social media for airlines, hotels, and online Travel Agencies (OTAs) through the various distribution channels. Her speaking engagements recently have included Cyprus, Dubai, France, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Boston, Dallas, and others.

Ms. Christodoulidou can be contacted at 310-243-3502 or Nchristodoulidou@yahoo.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.