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Mr. Still

Paul Still

Head Concierge, London Hilton on Park Lane

Paul Still, Head Concierge at London Hilton on Park Lane began his career as a night porter some thirty three years ago at Mayfair's iconic London Hilton on Park Lane and worked his way up to not only become its Head Concierge but also the President of The Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain & the Commonwealth. The Society of the Golden Keys in Great Britain was founded in London exactly sixty years ago and has approximately 350 concierges in Great Britain now who proudly wear the symbol of their status: the coveted Golden Keys worn on their lapels. Each is revered for his or her professional gravitas, integrity, local knowledge and impeccable recommendations. During his time as a member Mr. Still has travelled all over the world attending the Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels (UICH) Congresses and building up a substantial network of worldwide contacts which he uses on a regular basis for the benefit of his hotel's guests. Throughout Mr. Still's longstanding career he has seen the London Hilton on Park Lane play host to many famous faces, from hosting dozens of Heads of State, including Tony Blair and President Mandela, to royalty such as Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Mr. Still has seen a myriad of high profile events take place in the hotel's Grand Ballroom and past guests have included Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant, Dame Helen Mirren and Lewis Hamilton, to name but a few. Mr. Still enjoys meeting people commenting that “every day is different, and you learn something new every day”. He is dedicated to ensuing guest's needs are fulfilled at the London Hilton on Park Lane from organizing the most personal of requests, arranging exclusive tickets, restaurant bookings, arranging car hire, personal shopping and providing top tips for an ideal day in London.

Mr. Still can be contacted at 44-0-20-7096-6269 or paul.still@hilton.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.