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Mr. Garrido

Nelson Garrido

Vice President Technology, Noble Interstate Management Group

Nelson Garrido is a Hospitality professional that has been in hospitality for over 18 years working at various positions in hotel operations and Information Technology. Mr. Garrido started his Hospitality technology career as IT Manager at the Tarrytown House Executive Conference Center in Tarrytown NY. Mr. Garrido is currently the vice president of Information Technology with responsibility for leading the implementation and execution of Noble-Interstate strategic information technology and management information system platforms throughout the organization and its assets. These areas include business intelligence technology, alignment of brand technology with Noble-Interstate's systems as well as the implementation of new investment and re-branding information technology. At Noble-Interstate leads the consolidation of multiple technology platforms into one cohesive and agile platform that has allowed Noble-Interstate to quickly manage newly acquired hotels. As part of his responsibilities with Noble Investment Mr. Garrido works with the major Hotel brands on implementing their technology for Noble's new hotel developments in addition to working with the brands on testing out new technology being deployed. Prior to joining Noble in 2005, Mr. Garrido was the Senior Director of Global Technology for Dolce International where he was responsible for the technology strategy and systems for all their hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout the Americas and Europe. He was responsible for the development of the Information Technology Department at Dolce Hotels & Resorts to meet the company's expansion into Europe and the US by establishing Information Technology Operating standards for all hotels. These standards included standards for not only back of the house technology but also technologies to support the corporate meetings clientele. Mr. Garrido also participates in industry board committees as member of the AH&LA Technology and E-Business Committee and Starwood Hotels Franchise IT Board. Nelson is also an active member with Hospitality Financial Technology professionals and the Hotel Technology Next Generation.

Mr. Garrido can be contacted at 404-682-1887 or nelson.garrido@noble-interstate.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.