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Mr. Steinbock

Erich Steinbock

Managing Director, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

A 45-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Erich Steinbock holds the position of Managing Director of the legendary Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York. He also oversees the operations at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda. Mr. Steinbock joined Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following eleven years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. At Ritz- Carlton Mr. Steinbock became General Manager of several properties within the collection and participated in the opening of 14 Ritz-Carltons both domestically and internationally. Mr. Steinbock also served as Vice President of Food & Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Corporate office where he worked on developing concepts and opening restaurants with distinguished chefs Eric Ripert, Laurent Tourandel, Dean Fearing, Wolfgang Puck and others. Erich Steinbock knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. He began his career as waiter's apprentice in Vienna, followed by seasonal work in Switzerland. After spending two years as a Bar Manager on the island of Corsica, he left Europe behind to cultivate his hospitality career in Bermuda, holding positions in Food & Beverage Manager and Social Director for Elbow Beach Surf Club. Soon, Mr. Steinbock moved to the United States and took the position of Maître d' at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont before moving on to become Resident Manager at The Huntley Lodge in Big Sky, Montana. He then joined Little America Hotels & Resorts where he held positions as Food & Beverage Manager at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho and General Manager of The Westgate Hotel, a five star, five diamond property in San Diego California In 1991, Mr. Steinbock returned to Vienna to obtain his MBA at City University of Seattle. While in school, he worked as Director of Sales at Ottakringer, the largest brewery in Vienna, spearheading all Pepsi Cola sales in Austria and approved financial plans for more than 200 restaurants within the company. After Mr. Steinbock received his MBA, he moved back to the United States where he joined Steve Wynn at Mirage Resorts. While in Las Vegas, he worked as Vice President of Food & Beverage at Treasure Island and was instrumental in executing the pre-opening activities for the well-known Bellagio hotel. His wealth of experience, knowledge in the hospitality industry and appreciation for the culture and history of legendary hotels led him to manage one of Manhattan's most iconic hotels, The Carlyle. “I am thrilled to join Rosewood and lead the team at The Carlyle,” said Mr. Steinbock. “I have an enormous respect for the tradition and significance of the hotel as the social center of Manhattan's Upper East Side. It is a place where history is written and the future is created and I look forward to opening an exciting new chapter in The Carlyle's history.”

Mr. Steinbock can be contacted at 212-570-7100 or erich.steinbock@rosewoodhotels.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.