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Mr. Coyle

Jim Coyle

Founder & President, Coyle Hospitality Group

Jim Coyle founded Coyle Hospitality Group, a market leader providing mystery shopping, quality assurance, and market research services exclusively to the hospitality industry since 1996. Mr. Coyle has acted as the president of the company since inception and has developed over 200 quality/brand measurement programs for leading hospitality companies worldwide. Mr. Coyle has also developed Qore, the first fully customizable online mystery shopping database platform designed specifically for the unique demands of the hospitality industry. With extensive and continued client collaboration, he continues to develop Coyle's applications and programs, ensuring that clients get the most effective management tools to measure the complete guest experience. Prior to founding Coyle Hospitality Group, Mr. Coyle began his career as an executive chef and then as a Food & Beverage Director with Prime Hospitality. He then took a Financial Controller's position with Metromedia Hotels, where he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director and then Catering Director at the New York City Empire Hotel. Mr. Coyle oversaw the final renovation and opening of the West 63rd Street Steakhouse in 1994. In addition to his commitment to the hospitality industry, Mr. Coyle serves on the board of YMCA Camp Combe. He is involved in the strong kids program, which helps underprivileged kids access a rural camping experience. Coyle Hospitality Group also supports other charitable organizations including those for Crohns and Leukemia/Lymphoma. Mr. Coyle graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and currently lives in Mahopac, New York with his his wife and two children.

Mr. Coyle can be contacted at 800-891-9292 or jcoyle@coylehospitality.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.