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Mr. Gray

Mike Gray

Director of National Accounts, Cardola

Mike Gray has served as Cardola's director of national accounts for North America since the UK-based company was first established in the region at the start of 2012. His main responsibilities are sales and support for Cardola's North America division, and with the opening of Cardola's new US office and the deployment of VirtualHotel in further properties, Mr. Gray's responsibilities are expanding. Mr. Gray has also been involved in Cardola's latest deployment, the Delano hotel in Marrakech, which is owned by US based Morgan's hotel group. With a total of 29 years experience in the hospitality technology market, and previous sales roles in seven other hospitality organizations, Mr. Gray is a key asset for Cardola. His expertise in the North American hotel market will help Cardola further its geographical expansion and deploy the VirtualHotel solution in more North American properties. Mr. Gray is also actively working on potential projects in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Cardola, Mr. Gray worked for various technology companies, specializing in hospitality, and worked with high profile hotel chains, including Hilton, Marriott and Mandarin Oriental. His success in guiding hotels and hotel chains toward reducing costs and enhancing guest experiences, with the help of technology, makes his expertise invaluable for the Cardola team.

Mr. Gray can be contacted at mike.gray@cardola.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.