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Mr. Mootz

Harald Mootz

Director of Concierge Relations, Les Clefs d'Or USA

Harald Mootz is an 18-year veteran in the New York City hotel industry, having started sparked his career one summer at the Capitol Hilton hotel in Washington DC. His Concierge career began with the Hotel Plaza Athenee in 1994, moving to the New York Palace in 2006, and currently a team member at the famed St. Regis New York since 2008. An active member and former President of the New York City Concierge Association of Hotel Concierges, Mr. Mootz now holds the position of Director of Concierge Relations for the only professional Hotel Concierge organization in the world called Les Clefs d'Or USA (the Golden Keys). Awarded Concierge of the Year at the annual Silver Plume Awards, and a three-time nominee and finalist of New York City's Big Apple Stars award, he is proud of his accomplishments and continues his quest to deliver bespoke service to his discerning guests. With studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie, and a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University in Liberal Studies (with minors in German, French and Communications), Mr. Mootz applies his skills every day on the job. His parents, of German descent, brought him up in Vienna as a baby, he also had the chance to live in Paris France for 2 years, where he learned to speak French at the American School of Paris. Well traveled, Mr. Mootz enjoys exploring new cites and countries and sharing his experiences with his guests and counterparts. He currently works with a team of 8 that combined, offers 154 years of Concierge service!

Mr. Mootz can be contacted at 212-753-4500 or conciergerelations@lcdusa.org

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.