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Mr. Hale

Scott Hale

Chief Experience Officer, Brand New Stay

Scott Hale is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of Brand New Stay®; a company specializing in redefining, reimagining and reinventing hospitality venues and the guest experience. Mr. Hale began his career in hospitality overseeing resorts in Kissimmee and Long Key, FL for the Company Operated Properties division of the largest camping brand in the business. Mr. Hale also served as the Director of Inns and Resorts for a prominent Northwest management company, overseeing exceptional properties in breathtaking locations. At Brand New Stay®, the passion is new. New projects, new ideas, new interpretations, new ways to enhance the guest experience and new ways to get things done. From unique outdoor lodgings to distinctive boutique hotels, Brand New Stay® creates authentic, effortless and inspiring experiences that are: local, socially responsible, eco-sensitive and historically mindful.

Currently, Mr. Hale and Brand New Stay® support an iconic waterfront Inn in Friday Harbor, WA. Mr. Hale also founded LEANTO® which helps adventurous guests enjoy unique Luxury Camping experiences in the Northwest. LEANTO® glamping on Orcas Island launched in 2015 and, in addition to receiving wonderful guest feedback, has received plenty of attention from the press. LEANTO® has been mentioned or featured in The Seattle Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine, and Yahoo! Travel.

Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the State University of New York and a Certificate in Strategic Hospitality Management from Cornell University. A tireless outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Hale enjoys glamping, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and, of course, exploring new places. 

Please visit http://www.brandnewstay.com for more information.

Mr. Hale can be contacted at 877-589-3226 or hello@brandnewstay.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.