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Mr. Bleeker

Floor Bleeker

Vice President Business Solutions, Jumeirah Group

Floor Bleeker, a Dutch national, joined the Jumeirah Group in 2001 and currently holds the position of Vice President Business Solutions. In his role he is responsible for the company's IT portfolio, business systems, software development, data warehousing, IT innovation, projects, IT investments, relationship management and digital strategy. He is a member of the Group's Executive Team. In support of Jumeirah's rapidly growing portfolio of luxury hotels and hospitality businesses, a number of large IT programs including cloud enabled Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), property management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Central Reservations Systems (PMS and CRS) have recently been implemented. The Group has grown its revenue generated through Jumeirah.com and other digital channels exponentially over the last few years and technology continues to play a critical part in the company's strategy going forward. Recent IT innovation announcements included a global roll out of public Telepresence rooms and a ground breaking mobile guest information and services platform. The centralised IT function at Jumeirah Group employs over 100 specialists and won regional and international awards. The department adapted COBIT as its process framework and ITIL for its service delivery organisation. Prior to joining the Jumeirah Group, Mr. Bleeker worked as Director of IT for the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai (UAE) and as an IT Manager for the Radisson SAS regional office in Brussels (Belgium). He worked in different IT positions in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. Mr. Bleeker holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a Marketing specialisation from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a Bachelors (BSc) degree in Hospitality Administration with a Finance specialisation from the Hotel School The Hague. He is currently serving on the Board of Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the world's leading hospitality technology trade association and holds a number of advisory board positions for other non-profit organisations. Mr. Bleeker is living in Dubai with his wife Anne and daughter Lauren.

Mr. Bleeker can be contacted at 971 4 348 5030 or floor.bleeker@jumeirah.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.