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Mr. McCall

Michael McCall

Director of The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University.

Dr. Michael McCall, is the Director of The School of Hospitality Business, and the NAMA Endowed Professor of Hospitality Business in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Dr. McCall earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and has held academic positions at Ithaca College and Cornell University. His research program focuses on the role of customer reward programs in creating customer loyalty, rebate programs, and emotional intelligence. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, The Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. Dr. McCall has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Hospitality Research and has appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Socio-Economics, and the International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Mr. McCall can be contacted at 607-274-3501 or mm114@cornell.edu

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.