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Ms. Lima

Loulu Lima

Principal, LL Consulting

Loulu Lima, CRME, CHBA is an independent hospitality consultant with +20 years in hospitality, specializing in Sales/Marketing/Hotel Distribution/Event and Revenue Management. At each role she has attained the experience to continue to assist hotels and businesses increase their revenues on a B2B and B2C level. Prior to going out on her own, Ms. Lima's stepping stones encompass launching PriceMatch, a cloud based RMS in the Americas as Director of Sales; Travelzoo as Senior Sales Manager, launching their calendar model; was a Market Manager with Travelocity for 5 years in the NYC market, working with hotels to grow their market share on this channel. In 2009, she received the highest award Travelocity offers as a Golden Gnome Winner. Since 2008, Ms. Lima has been working on the HSMAI Greater NYC Chapter's Marketing Committee and achieved her CRME and CHBA from HSMAI in 2012. Today, Ms. Lima is the Director of e-Commerce for HSMAI's Austin chapter as well as a member of HEDNA. She has taken her previous experience of revenue management consulting for Intelligent Hotels in addition to being part of the start-up team of the HotelFlash report, to work with hotel partners globally on how to grow their bottom line revenues. Her experience of revenue management began in the late 1990's at Loews Hotels Corporate office in NYC. Simultaneously, Ms. Lima previously ran her own catering/craft service business for the film industry while gaining her revenue management experience. Ms. Lima graduated from Schiller International University in Engelberg Switzerland with a Hospitality Management Degree and a Culinary Arts Degree from the New York Restaurant School. To contact Ms. Lima visit her website www.llconsulting.info, email loululima@gmail.com or call/text 512-645-5573. www.linkedin.com/in/loululima/

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Ms. Lima can be contacted at 512-645-5573 or loulu.lima@gmail.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.