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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 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.