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Ms. Woodley

Michelle Woodley

Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Management, Preferred Hotel Group

Michelle Woodley holds dual positions as Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Management and Senior Vice President of Public Relations for Preferred Hotel Group. She oversees the strategy and management of distribution and reservation systems and provides functional oversight of Revenue Account Management, in addition to directing the company's brand websites and e-commerce strategies. Her Public Relations responsibilities include guiding the company's media strategy to greater awareness of the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands in major global markets. Prior to her current roles, Michelle served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy, with responsibility for the execution of branding, global marketing programs, and online distribution for the group and its brands. Before joining Preferred Hotel Group, Ms. Woodley was Vice President of Distribution for Swissotel and Raffles Hotels & Resorts from 1997 to 2002, where she oversaw the strategic direction and operations of the company's electronic distribution and database solutions. She held various senior positions in operations, marketing, and distribution with Swissotel from 1990 to 1997. Ms. Woodley has been an active board member in industry organizations. She served two terms as president and two terms as vice president of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), and she was a founding member of the Open Travel Alliance (OTA) and served two terms on OTA's board of directors as treasurer. Ms. Woodley is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Ms. Woodley can be contacted at 312-238-9880 or mwoodley@preferredhotelgroup.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.