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Mr. Elger

Hermann Elger

General Manager, Montage Beverly Hills

A second generation hotelier, Mr. Hermann Elger joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as General Manager of Montage Beverly Hills in October 2010. In this role, he oversees all operations of the hotel, which is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle in Beverly Hills, Calif. He spent the last 18 years of his hospitality career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and has held positions at their properties in Aspen, Bali, Cancun, Washington D.C. and Miami. He also played a key role in opening properties in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Dubai, Philadelphia and Bachelor Gulch. Most recently, Mr. Elger held the position of General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun in Mexico, a position he held since 2007. Considered The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company´s most acclaimed resort, it holds the distinction of being the world´s only AAA rated, triple Five Diamond Resort, having earned Five Diamonds for the hotel and both its Fantino and Club Grill Restaurants. During his time in Cancun, Mexico, he was named one of the 40 most influential leaders in Tourism by the magazine Lideres. Mr. Elger is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Hotel Management.

Mr. Elger can be contacted at 310-499-4199 or helger@montagehotels.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.