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Mr. Sharma

Chinmai Sharma

Vice President Revenue Management, Wyndham Hotel Group

Chinmai Sharma is a successful revenue management leader with more than fourteen years of progressive hospitality experience in the fields of Market Analysis, Revenue Management and Electronic Distribution with companies like Taj Group of Hotels, Hyatt International, Expedia Inc and Wyndham Worldwide. Mr. Sharma joined the Wyndham Hotel Group in 2007 and is responsible for the overall Revenue Management process for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wingate by Wyndham and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brands which includes setting strategic direction and alignment for the brands and specific hotels. He also oversees enhancement and delivery of centralized revenue management services to its portfolio of managed and franchised hotels globally. Mr. Sharma holds a B.A with Math from University of Delhi, a Diploma in Economics from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management in India and a joint MBA in Hospitality from ESSEC Business School, Paris and Cornell Hotel School (M.M.H), NY. He is a current board member of HSMAI's Revenue Management Advisory Board and is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences. He is based at Wyndham Hotel Group's global headquarters in Parsippany, NJ.

Mr. Sharma can be contacted at 973-753-6848 or chinmai.sharma@wyn.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.