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Ms. Yang

Caroline Yang

Partner & Human Resources Consultant, MultiCultural Business Solutions

Caroline Yang, CHRP, CCP has fifteen years of human resources experience working with Nortel and Compaq in China and ATI (now AMD), TD Bank and Manulife in Canada. In her role as a human resources business partner, Ms. Yang has worked with a diverse workforce and supported multicultural teams of highly skilled technical professionals. Since working with MultiCultural Business Solutions, Ms. Yang has provided services to a broad range of public and private sector organizations, including Scotiabank, Total E&P Canada, GE Canada, City of Kitchener, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, University of Ottawa and Ontario Regulator for Access Consortium. Ms. Yang was interviewed by Radio Canada International to share her experience of integrating skilled immigrants into the Canadian workplace. She has multiple publications on leadership, teamwork, global HR policies and total rewards by HRPA, WorldatWork and CERC. She will present at HRPA's 2013 Annual Conference. Ms. Yang graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Canadian International Development Agency training program at Simon Fraser University.

Ms. Yang can be contacted at 905-554-1597 or caroline@mcbsol.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.