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Mr. van Roij

Stan van Roij

Managing Director, Easy (Ez) Revenue Management Solutions Ltd

Stan Van Roij is a highly motivated and versatile executive who boasts a 20+ career spent entirely within the hospitality industry - over fifteen of which were in managerial roles. This strategic business planner, accomplished spokesman and problem solver is a results-oriented, self-confident leader and communicator with great financial acumen and a global perspective. A Dutch native and speaker of four languages, Mr. Van Roij's education includes a Hotel & Catering Management degree with emphasis on Business Management. He has also completed various leadership and personal development programs, affording him great facilitation and training skills. Mr. Van Roij initially worked in a variety of roles within the Dutch hospitality industry in order to broaden his experience and apply his knowledge in practical settings, however the large part of his career was spent working his way up the managerial ranks for three major, global hotel chains. Such a solid and proven background has allowed him continued focus on the hospitality industry - for which he has always had real passion. At Marriott Hotels International, where Mr. Van Roij remained for ten years, an initial role in the Purchase Department led to Area Director of Revenue Management, responsible for strategic and operational support to 40 branded hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Realizing his obvious talent for the discipline and his proven ability to lead globally dispersed teams effectively, he went on to become VP of Revenue Development for Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, where he was responsible for the short- and long-term pricing, segmentation and accounts strategies for 150 hotels across Europe. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Van Roij held Director-level positions at NH Hoteles, managing group hotels first in the Netherlands and Belgium; then in Benelux, UK, France and Africa; finally taking on the role of Corporate Director of Revenue Management, based at NH headquarters in Madrid, where he was in charge of the total revenue strategy for NH Hoteles worldwide. In 2011, Mr. Van Roij took a bold but confident step away from the operator side of the industry and into the realm of the hotel technology vendor. He is now Managing Director of EasyRMS, an Infor company, provider of SaaS Revenue & Yield Management software and consulting services. As an operator, he gained many years' experience of EzRMS™ - the Revenue Management System provided by EasyRMS. This in-depth knowledge of a leading product in its field, along with his inspiring dedication to the hotel industry, will allow him to drive this growing company towards further, global success.

Mr. van Roij can be contacted at +44 (0) 20 7495 0773 or svanroij@easyrms.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.