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Mr. Matulick

Michael Matulick

CEO, Concept Amenities

Michael Matulick is one of Australia's new generation of leaders, educated at Monash University with a Bachelor of Business and International Trade, with double major in Marketing and Chinese, he has over 15 years' experience in the global hospitality industry. Mr. Matulick was appointed as CEO of Concept Amenities on July 1, 2009. He is responsible for leading the company, defining its purpose, developing its image and products, and driving growth in sales, profitability and market shares worldwide. Mr. Matulick is passionate in steering the company towards a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible platform both in its operations and products that Concept Amenities market globally. Concept Amenities is an Australian owned and operated business supplying guest amenities across the world. The company is viewed by the industry as a leading supplier of environmentally responsible products as well as undertaking other global initiatives that benefit the environment and the communities that we operate in, such as Soap Aid. Mr. Matulick helped establish Soap Aid in 2011 and remains CEO of the program as a philanthropic response to needless deaths due to the lack of sanitation in many developing countries. As a witness to the waste in the hospitality industry, he sought to develop a soap recycling program that would save lives. With his vision realized, today Soap Aid is an independent charity managed by a board of experts and focused on life-saving missions. Soap Aid delivered 50,000 soaps to families in Fiji after Cyclone Winston to help prevent the spread of diseases.

Mr. Matulick can be contacted at 954-629-5593 or m.matulick@conceptamenities.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.