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Mr. McPhee

Ian McPhee

Hotel Manager, Ritz Carlton Kapalua

Long-time Ritz-Carlton veteran, Ian McPhee, was named Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua earlier this year. Bringing more than 29 years of extensive industry savvy to the role, Mr. McPhee leads the acclaimed resort's Food & Beverage division -- including its six restaurants - in addition to Culinary, Meetings & Special Events, Spa, Retail and Rooms now under his guidance. In the span of his 14 years with the renowned brand, Mr. McPhee's commitment has resulted in various leadership positions across the globe -- beginning with Banquets in Boston, then at the helm of operations and food and beverage divisions in Washington D.C., Georgetown, San Francisco, Osaka, Japan and ultimately settling in Maui -- where he has called home for the past year and one half. The breadth of property mixes also allowed Mr. McPhee to intimately oversee budgets, labor management and hotel standards. Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. McPhee earned a Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Education from Rhode Island's Johnson & Wales University and is invited annually to participate in the institution's Career Forum, where he proudly represents The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. His strong focus, impeccable leadership skills and extraordinary energy are certain to enhance to guest satisfaction and contribute to the overall success of the hotel.

Mr. McPhee can be contacted at 808-669-6200 or ian.mcphee@ritzcarlton.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.