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Mr. Ricaurte

Eric Ricaurte

Principal, Greenview

Eric Ricaurte is the founder of Greenview, an international consultancy helping travel and tourism catalyze innovation and best practice through strategy, programs, data management, and reporting. Greenview advises several hotel companies and lodging REITs, in addition to citywide event organizers, cruise lines, DMOs, and industry organizations including the WTTC and UNWTO. With 20 years of hands-on experience, Mr. Ricaurte is a frequent speaker, convener, and researcher on the topic of sustainability. Mr. Ricaurte began his career managing a rainforest lodge and tour operation in Costa Rica and winning a student research finalist award in 2001 for his paper titled “Carbon Sequestration, Credit Trading and Offsetting, and their Relation to Travel and Tourism.” Since then he has consulted globally for hotel properties; hotel companies; hospitality vendors; tourism operators, attractions and complexes; tourism boards and tourism clusters. His consulting firm, Greenview, provides services top global lodging companies and lodging REITs for their sustainability reporting, and collaborates with partner firm LEGACY Sustainability Management to help large association events measure, report, and improve their triple bottom line performance. Mr. Ricaurte earned a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a M.S. in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. Mr. Ricaurte's notable industry work includes serving as technical consultant for the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, and launching the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index, Green Venue Report, Green Lodging Trends Report, and Hotel Owners for Tomorrow. Mr. Ricaurte is a member of the UFI Committee on Sustainable Development and the International Standards Working Group of the GSTC. He has held a research fellowship at the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research been an adjunct instructor at the NYU University Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.

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

Mr. Ricaurte can be contacted at 202-470-1094 or eric@gviewadvisors.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.