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Mr. Ziegler

Craig Ziegler

President, SuiteLinq, Inc.

With over twenty-five years of experience building brands and shaping product strategy for clients in a variety of industries, Craig Ziegler is a multimedia innovator with roots in the earliest days of the interactive revolution. His is the driving vision behind the SuiteLinq concept, growing the company from its origins to its current position as an innovator in the hospitality industry. Achieving true and meaningful cross-media connectivity between hotels and their guests is the heart of the SuiteLinq solution as well as the core concept behind the new LINQ360 Innovation Center, Powered by Microsoft. Mr. Ziegler forged the relationships that enabled SuiteLinq to become a valued contributor to Microsoft's hospitality strategy worldwide and one of the youngest companies ever named as a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner. With Microsoft, he then helped unify fellow next-generation hospitality systems innovators around the LINQ360 Innovation Center in Las Vegas. Mr. Ziegler's vision has landed him seats on numerous boards including: HP Thought Leaders, NASA/Goddard Incubator board, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Nevada Development Association Advisory Board and the Economical Advisory Board - Office of the Mayor, Baltimore City.

Mr. Ziegler can be contacted at 610-917-3863 or cziegler@suitelinq.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.