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Mr. Hepditch

Duane Hepditch

President & CEO, Guestfolio

Duane Hepditch is an innovator within the hospitality software industry. Seeing a void in the guest service transaction, Mr. Hepditch co-founded Guestfolio, the "world's leading hotel CRM” recognized by the World Travel Awards in 2014. His company is growing rapidly throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has the privilege to work with hotels such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Brownsword Hotels, Six Senses Resorts & Spas and many other unique boutique and resort properties around the world. Mr. Hepditch's passion for travel and guest service motivated him to co-found Guestfolio in 2008 and in turn reach his goal to provide solutions for hoteliers so they may better service and learn from their guests throughout the travel journey. Guestfolio is a hotel marketing platform that drives guest engagement, retention and conversion throughout the travel journey. Mr. Hepditch's mission for Guestfolio is to personalize the travel experience for guests and provide insights and tools that build lasting brand loyalty for his customers. By working with hotels world-wide Guestfolio is able to capture valuable data on guest behaviour and trends and leverage that for his customers in ways they never thought were possible. Mr. Hepditch resides in Whistler British Columbia, Canada. He is the Chair of Whistler.com, a subsidiary of Tourism Whistler and was a board member of Tourism Whistler for 4 years. Whistler is one of the leading resort destinations of the world and was home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. His role at Tourism Whistler was to represent the commercial group of companies within the resort and provide input on global advertising and marketing initiatives. Mr. Hepditch is passionate for business dialogue and small business incubation. He has owned and sold 2 internet related companies since 2000.

Mr. Hepditch can be contacted at 604-932-2510 or duane@guestfolio.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.