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Mr. Cario

John Cario

General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown

John P. Cario, a longtime respected hotel manager in the Richmond area, has served as general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown in the historic Miller & Rhoads complex since April, 2010. Mr. Cario is a past board member of the Richmond Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and currently serves on the board of the Greater Richmond Hotel & Motel Association. He has worked in a number of management capacities in Richmond area hotels under the Wyndham, Doubletree and Embassy Suites flags. During his career with Wyndham, Mr. Cario opened or operated seven hotels in Chicago, Nashville, Maryland and Arizona. His Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace Wyndham received “Best New Hotel Award” in 1996. Most recently, he served as general manager of another downtown Richmond hotel, advancing operations following a $10 million renovation. Mr. Cario earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Harrisburg, VA.

Mr. Cario can be contacted at 804-344-4300 or john.cario@hilton.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.