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Ms. Persaud

Nerissa Persaud

Managing Director & Co-Owner, Thrive Hospitality

As Co-Owner of Thrive Hospitality, Nerissa Persaud prides herself on having a keen eye for detail, overseeing the overall development of recruitment negotiations and developing consultancies worldwide. Ms. Persaud has had a successful venture working formerly within Starwood Hotels and Resorts and most recently with the Four Seasons properties in 2008. As a graduate in the field of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality and Business Management, Ms. Persaud dwelled in multiple industries before realizing her passion for the hospitality industry. She has worked and traveled from South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, and the remote Island destination of the Maldives. Ms. Persaud's high levels in personal service and ethics has earned her the respect of hospitality executives globally both seeking a difference in their next career path as well in the investment of great talent to hospitality establishments within the luxury segment globally. To date she has worked on projects with some of the finest names in the hospitality industry including, the Ritz Carlton, Sofitel, Nikki Beach Hotels, Six Senses, Brewster Hospitality and Sun Resorts to name a few. Ms. Persaud's core belief in forming an entity offering high quality hospitality recruitment services was not just to tap into the up-market industry of hotels, resorts, cruise liners and independent leisure properties but as the investment in the future face of a company, the future smiles of guests and leaderships to a team.

Ms. Persaud can be contacted at 587-361-4528 or nerissa.persaud@thrivehospitality.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.