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Ms. Dickinson

Kristie Dickinson

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, CHMWarnick

Kristie Dickinson brings more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience, including operations, asset management, acquisition and investment analysis to her current role as Senior Vice President for CHMWarnick (CHMW), a leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services company. Ms. Dickinson is responsible for corporate marketing, public relations and business development, as well as supporting strategic planning efforts for a client portfolio of more than 50 hotels with 22,000 guestrooms, collectively valued at $10 billion under asset management. She specializes in revenue management practices, sales and marketing effectiveness and market positioning. Ms. Dickinson has worked with more than 200 hotels of all product types and brands, and understands how to identify opportunities for achieving client goals through CHMW's comprehensive suite of services. She is a member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and serves the Committee Chair for the Lori E. Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. Ms. Dickinson is a regularly contributing author to several industry publications on the subjects of hotel ownership, investment, hotel asset management and revenue strategies. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and minored in Anthropology. She also has a certificate in Revenue Management from Cornell University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, skiing and volunteering for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

Please visit www.chmwarnick.com for more information.

Ms. Dickinson can be contacted at 978-522-7002 or kdickinson@chmwarnick.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.