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Mr. Horner

Ted Horner

Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates

Ted Horner is Managing Director of E. Horner & Associates, a technology consulting practice specializing in the hospitality industry. Mr. Horner is widely respected as Australia's leading consultant in this area. Over the last 22 years Mr. Horner has consulted for a variety of clients from developers and international operators of large resorts, boutique hotels golf clubs, convention center's and licensed clubs covering the full range of technology namely: • PMS • POS • Sales & Catering • Food & Beverage • PABX • In Room Guest Entertainment including Digital Video on Demand • Broadband & Wireless • Golf & Spa Systems • Club Membership

In 1996 Mr. Horner launched Australia's first dedicated hospitality technology exhibition and conference which continues each year as Hotel Operations Technology (HOT). In 2002 he was a founding member of HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) a non-profit body which was established in the US to promote open systems integrations between vendors in the industry and today he is an Executive Advisor to HTNG. In 2004 Mr. Horner was the first non-US person to be elected to the HITEC Technology Hall of Fame for his contribution to the advancement of technology in the hospitality industry. Since the early 90's he has traveled extensively throughout the world to speak at many hospitality technology conferences and has written many articles on technology that have been published all over the world In 2011

Mr. Horner established an alliance with JBA Consulting Engineers, a company started in Las Vegas in the 60's and now has seven offices worldwide with multi-discipline expertise in electrical design, security, AV, fire and safety, data center design and systems integration. In the last 12 months Mr. Horner has formed a strategic alliance with jba consulting engineers in Las Vegas who are a world leader in providing consulting advise to the casino/resort market on a global basis.

Please visit http://www.hornertech.com.au for more information.

Mr. Horner can be contacted at +61 298-768-119 or ted@hornertech.com.au

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.