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Mr. Wood

Derek Wood

Managing Director, Derek Wood Associates Ltd.

Derek Wood is Managing Director of Derek Wood Associates Ltd. He has had his own Independent Hospitality IT Consultancy company since 1986, undertaking all aspects of telecommunication, in-room technology consultancy and project management within this highly specialized area. Mr. Wood is a very well known figure within the hospitality sector and has 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry of which for the past 21 years he has been deeply involved with independent hotel technology consultancy, both within East and Western Europe as well as Africa and The Middle East. He is listed within the 'International Who's Who of Professionals', in recognition of the contribution his company has made to the hotel industry. Mr. Wood works predominately within the independent 4 & 5 star hotel sector, but also provides consultancy services to larger hotel groups as well as to the hospitality vendor market place. He specializes in in-room technology and has worked for some of the most prestigious 5 Star Hotels throughout Europe. In 2010 Mr. Wood was elected to the Board of Directors for HFTP. HFTP is the international professional association serving members working in hospitality. Since 1952, HFTP has been dedicated to providing members with extraordinary networking opportunities, industry-leading certification programs and events, and essential resources for professional growth. It is also responsible for HITEC the largest annual hotel technology conference in the world. Mr. Wood is also regularly asked to speak at Hotel Technology conferences throughout mainland Europe (Eurhotec, HOSTEC, IHTF, EHTEC and HOSPACE) and well as within the United States of America (HITEC). He has served on the Advisory Council for HITEC between 2003 - 2006, was on the HOSTEC-EURHOTEC Advisory board for 2005/6, and the EHTEC advisory board for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and is considered to be one of Europe's leading independent consultants within this highly specialized field.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at +44-117-9612938 or Derek@derekwood.co.uk

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.