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Mr. Candeias

Mario Candeias

General Manager, Espinas Hotels

Mario Candeias is a 25-year hotel veteran, currently leading the most ambitious Iranian hospitality project, Espinas Palace (Espinas Hotel Group), based in the vibrant metropolis of Tehran.  

He previously held key positions in the luxury arena in Portugal's benchmark hotel brands, Pestana Hotel Group and Tivoli Hotels & Resorts (at present owned by Minor Hotel Group, from Thailand).

He served as Regional Director and General Manager for the flagship geographic areas and properties of these two world renowned, several of them proudly under The Leading Hotels of the World affiliation. He has multi-property management experience, both urban and resort, and is credit with spearheading many advanced branding and marketing concepts and industry-wide events that helped advance the hospitality sector in the country.

Mr. Candeias also has an extensive consulting and teaching collaboration with prestigious academic institutions in Portugal and abroad, such as the faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve (Portugal) and Wisconsin-Stout Hotel School (ranked in the world's Top 10).

With a strong academic background, he has a base education in Hospitality Administration and Marketing Management in Portugal, plus an MBA. Faithful to his lifelong learning commitment, Mr. Candeias coursed several Executive Education programs abroad, namely Advanced Hospitality Programs at CORNELL School of Hotel Administration, NY, USA, and Ecole Hotelliere de LAUSANNE, Switzerland. He also studied Corporate Finance at HARVARD Business School, MA, USA, and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

He has led seminars and master classes throughout the country, by request of Tourism & Hospitality related instituions. Topics covered range from Hotel Development to Operations, Destination Management and Competitiveness. Mr. Candeias is an avid reader and writer on Tourism and Hospitality, Economics and Management.


Please visit http://www.espinashotels.com for more information.

Mr. Candeias can be contacted at 9821-8384-4021 or mario.candeias@espinashotels.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.