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Ms. Smith

Carrianne Smith

Director of Sales & Marketing, The Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Starwood Hotels

Carrianne Smith is a leader in the Pacific Northwest hospitality industry. She has held her current role as director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for seven years, where her accumulated knowledge and experience from hotel locations across the U.S. brings immense value to the hotel. Ms. Smith's expertise for hotel management and hospitality ranges from her position as the director of sales at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, where she led her sales team to the Starwood “Team Hot” of the Year Award in 2003; director of marketing at Wyndham Andover and Wyndham Burlington in Massachusetts and sales manager at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle. In her 10 year tenure with Starwood properties, Ms. Smith has been nominated six times for Sales Team of the Year, winning the honor in 2008, and has twice been nominated for Sales Leader of the Year. After graduating Southern Illinois University, her career began as a front office manager at Wyndham Lisle/Naperville and as a catering manager at Wyndham SeaTac. Ms. Smith is a member of Meeting Professionals International and the Professional Convention Management Association, where she served as co-chair for the marketing and promotions committee for the 2008 PMCA Annual Meeting. She is a repeat guest speaker at Cornell, Johnson & Wales and Northeastern University, and prior to moving to Seattle, she served as a member of the Boston Convention Bureau's Sales Advisory Committee and led the “Introduction to Meeting Management” course at Northeastern University. Ms. Smith, a Chicago native, resides in West Seattle with her family. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors and reading, and her commitment to her community is realized through her passionate A.I.D.S. activism, leading the Sheraton's Gingerbread Village program in support of JDRF and providing groceries to the elderly, homeless and working poor with the Pike Place Market Food Bank.

Ms. Smith can be contacted at 206-447-5531 or Carrianne.pugh@sheraton.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.