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Mr. Bajouk

Simon Bajouk

Concierge, Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Simon Bajouk is a Concierge at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Mr. Bajouk has been a practicing concierge for over six years, beginning his career at Montreal's Marriott Hotel. This early position gave Mr. Bajouk the confidence and abilities he needed to pursue his career and empowered him to assist others in reaching success. With an education in Hotel Management from the University of Quebec in Montreal and his early experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Bajouk has keenly developed his leadership and customer-focused skills. Being a member of the International Association Les Clefs d'Or for five years now, he has built a reputation for professionalism, thoroughness and commitment to guest service. Over the years, Mr. Bajouk has shared his talents with some of the most prestigious hotels in Montreal, among them Le St-Sulpice, the Loews Hotel Vogue, Hotel Le St-James and most recently, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Mr. Bajouk sees each of his many memorable moments as learning opportunities and building blocks for the methodology he uses to deliver world-class service. As an accomplished concierge, he is proud of his accomplishments and looks forward to sharing them along the way. On this note, with the aim of sharing his experience in the field of hospitality, and more specifically in the role of caretaker, Mr. Bajouk and his colleague developed and implemented a customized customer service training program. He describes this program as teaching customer service and communication so that trainees can master the art of guest satisfaction. Mr. Bajouk has now taught several of these courses and among his many students counts the employees of Bombardier Inc. The company's involvement with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal over time has led him to being involved in several fundraising and charitable events for organizations such as the Terry Fox Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and the Ste-Justine Hospital.

Mr. Bajouk can be contacted at 514-842-4210 or concierge@ritzmontreal.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.