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Ms. Phillips

Molly Phillips

Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Molly Phillips began her career in hospitality as Concierge for Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. She was a founding member of the “Green Team” for the hotel and achieved many successes in this area for the hotel; starting a hotel-wide recycling and composting program and working with Engineering Dept. on energy saving initiatives. In 2006, the hotel was awarded “Recycler of the Year” by the Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council. Ms. Phillips moved to Seattle and began working for Kimpton Hotel Group in 2007. After completing a degree in Sustainable Business, she was named Manager of Sustainable Partnerships for all three Seattle Kimpton hotels. She created a pilot program to set companywide standards and metrics for monitoring the hotel's environmental footprint and represented the company on panels, roundtable discussions and press interviews. The pilot program was then adopted company-wide to provide footprint analysis for guest rooms and meetings. Ms. Phillips joined Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle in 2010 as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. She created and is evolving the PanEarth Program to explore and improve upon all aspects of their environmental and social sustainability. Ms. Phillips was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated with a B.A. in Communications / Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a degree in Sustainable Business.

Ms. Phillips can be contacted at 206-323-3733 or molly.phillips@panpacific.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.