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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 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.