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Ms. Bulger

Diana K. Bulger

Area Director of Public Relations, Fairmont Hotels

Diana K. Bulger joined Fairmont in 2003. She has created events and formed alliances for the hotel with numerous organizations such as The Make-Wish Foundation, The World Wildlife Fund, The Washington Animal Rescue League, The Smithsonian Institution, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind and several others. She serves as the Eco-Chair of the Fairmont's environmental committee. Prior to joining the Fairmont, she was vice president of Hisaoka Public Relations where she handled to opening public relations efforts for five Kimpton Hotels. Previously, she was the president of Kaiser Communications, a hospitality public relations company. From 1990 to 1998, she was the regional director of public relations for Loews Hotels in Washington, DC and Annapolis, Maryland. She was the director of public relations for the Hotel Washington from 1987 -1990 Ms. Bulger began her career at the Vista International Hotel as the assistant public relations manager in 1985. A huge animal lover, Bulger founded the Bark Ball in 1988 for The Washington Humane Society, the first black-tie ball to allow dogs in the nation's capital. Ms. Bulger is also a second term mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia Retirement Board and a member in good standing of Destination DC. She has penned columns for the Greater Washington Association Executives Magazine Executive Update and Potomac Life Magazine. She attended Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland and Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. She resides in Washington, DC with her Husband, transportation lobbyist, Thomas J. Bulger and their three dogs.

Ms. Bulger can be contacted at 800-441-1414 or diana.bulger@fairmont.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.