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Mr. Acar

Omer Acar

General Manager, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Ömer Acar is the General Manager of the Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris, one of the city's pre-eminent luxury hotels. Under his stewardship, the next-generation palace has achieved recognition for its guest service levels, receiving the official 5-star rating in 2012, and a Michelin Star for each of its two restaurants in 2013. It also garnered prominent awards and accolades, such as 'Best New Hotel 2012' by Tatler Magazine, 'Best Hotel Ambiance and Design 2012' by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and 'Best Spa in the World 2012' at the Virtuoso Awards. Mr. Acar has over 17 years experience in the luxury hospitality industry. Before joining Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris, he was General Manager at The Ritz, Paris for 5 years. Before joining the team at The Ritz, he was Director of Catering for Harrods Holding Group in London and, prior to that, at the Four Seasons Hotel Group in Egypt, Beverly Hills and Hawaii. Mr. Acar is married with two children. He studied at Hawaii Pacific University; Honolulu where he gained a BA honours degree in Science and Business Administration. Current board memberships include The Quality Committee for The Leading Hotels of the World and the Advisory Board for HIM - Swiss Education Group.

Mr. Acar can be contacted at 33-1-42-99-8800 or paris@raffles.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.