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Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire

Bruno Bernier St-Hilaire

Concierge, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal

Bruno Bernier St-Hilaire is Concierge, and a Member of Les Clefs d'Or Canada at Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal. Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire studied Law and Politics at the Universite de Montreal in Canada and is completing a Master Certificate in Hospitality Management with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. A Concierge with close to 10 years of experience, Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire started his carreer at the Fairmont Tremblant, in the province of Quebec. Shortly after, he was selected to be part of the Concierge team at Le St-James in Montreal, one of the most prestigious hotel property in Canada, where he has learned his trade. He has since been a Concierge at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal for the past 4 years, during which he was selected for Starwood's Associates Development Program (ADP) and assisted several departments, both Front of the House and Back of the House. This combined experience gives Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire a comprehensive knowledge of the importance of inter-departmental work cooperation and the impact it can have on the client experience. A member of the Canadian chapter of Les Clefs d'Or, Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire is involved in his hotel's Social Media Comittee, both as a writer for the hotel's Social Media Presence and as a collaborator within the local group. He was featured in an article in the Montreal Scope Magazine and has most recently contributed to a television show on the Hotel Industry.

Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire can be contacted at 514-878-2000 or bruno.bernier-st-hilaire@starwoodhotels.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.