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Mr. Dass

Brian Dass

President & Co-Founder, Open Hospitality

Brian Dass serves as Open Hospitality's President and brings 15 years of diverse experience in hotel industry management and information technology. Open Hospitality provides Web reservation and management solutions for independent and boutique hotels including direct connection to central reservation systems; search engine optimization; email marketing and online revenue conversion strategies; combining them into one proprietary dashboard for better management, tracking and reporting. Mr. Dass began his hospitality career as assistant manager of a four-star boutique hotel in New York City; he also worked on several multi-million dollar renovations for hotel properties. Mr. Dass was project manager at Hotel Casablanca, a four star boutique hotel in New York City's Time Square. While there he was responsible for developing and launching the hotel's Website, one of the first-ever hotel Websites, which helped generate 30 percent of Casablanca's revenue. In the mid 90's, he lead the way in early implementation and adoption of e-mail marketing promotions and search engine optimization for hotel Websites prior to those practices becoming mainstream. Prior to Open Hospitality, Mr. Dass helped to pioneer an independent online reservation system, Timeless Hospitality, which he co-founded with David Millili. In 1996, he implemented one of the first real-time Web-based booking systems used at a New York hotel. Mr. Dass is an active member of HSMAI and New York's hospitality industry. He is involved with organizations abroad in the UK and Europe and spearheads business development and operations in Open Hospitality's UK office.

Mr. Dass can be contacted at 212-989-2417 or brian@openhospitality.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.