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Mr. Sweiger

Dan Sweiger

Senior Director, Brand Strategy, Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Dan Sweiger is senior director of brand strategy for the Quality Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands at Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH), one of the world's largest hotel franchisors. In this position, Mr. Sweiger develops and executes strategic plans to ensure that the product and service attributes of these brands meet the current and evolving needs of guests, are aligned with marketing and franchise services strategies, support development efforts, and provide a compelling return on investment for the company's franchisees. Mr. Sweiger joined Choice in 2009 from InterContinental Hotels Group, where he worked on domestic and global brand management for the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands. He also has over a decade of experience in consumer packaged goods with Sara Lee, Kellogg's, and Pillsbury. Mr. Sweiger holds a master's degree in business administration from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Sweiger can be contacted at 301-592-5190 or Dan_Sweiger@choicehotels.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.