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Mr. Laginia

Juan Pablo Laginia

Director of Operations, InterContinental San Francisco

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Juan Pablo Laginia holds a degree in Administration of Tourism Enterprises from the Universidad Nueva Esparta. After completing these studies in 2002, Laginia continued a multitude of hospitality course work, including those at the Revenue Academy in Lima, Peru as well as the Concierge Academy in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Laginia first joined the InterContinental Hotels Group in September 2000, assisting with Front Desk and Front Office operations and management at the InterContinental Tamanaco in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2006 Mr. Laginia joined the team at the InterContinental Miami and subsequently trained to become the Assistant Director of Front Office in 2008. Upon his move to the InterContinental San Francisco in 2009, Mr. Laginia was appointed as the Director of Front Office Operations, followed by two years as the Director of Rooms Division. In this role, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and overseeing the Front Office, Housekeeping, Security and IT departments. Mr. Laginia was also instrumental in the creation of the hotel's Innovation Committee and has worked on several projects associated with InterContinental San Francisco's LEED certification, all of which contribute to increasing guest satisfaction. His newest role at the InterContinental San Francisco is as Director of Operations, overseeing not only the Rooms Division but also supporting the Food & Beverage and Accounting divisions.

Mr. Laginia can be contacted at 415-616-6500 or juan.pablo@ihg.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.