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Ms. Carter

Susanne Carter

Chef Concierge, The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park

Susanne Carter's career began with a solid education in Europe at The Hotel Management School in Freiburg im Breisgau, followed by a stint in Berlin where she worked at the Hotel Bremen and Schlosshotel Vier Jahreszeiten Berlin. She held several positions at the two hotel properties, from Assistant to the General Manager, Director of Human Resources, and Guest Relations Manager to Front Office Manager. Ms. Carter moved to New York in 1996, and launched her career in Hotel Management at the Pierre Hotel, then a Four Seasons Hotel, as Assistant Front Office Manager, and continued at the New York Palace Hotel from 1998 to 2000. She fell in love with the Concierge Profession and was invited back to the Pierre in 2000 to launch this new leg of her career. Ms. Carter's reputation in the industry was so impressive that she was asked to join The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park as an Assistant Chef Concierge in 2002. She was an integral part of the hotel's achieving and maintaining Five Diamonds and Five Stars over the years. During her tenure, she was nominated for Best Concierge of the Year at The Big Apple All Stars Award and won in 2008. Her long term dedication earned her the Chef Concierge position at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park in 2010. In 2012, she was nominated and was awarded Chef Concierge of the Year at the Hotel Experience Awards Gala. She was recognized by popular vote from a pool of hundreds of NYC hotel professionals. Ms. Carter has been a proud member of The New York City Association of Hotel Concierge since 2000. She is also a prominent member of Les Clefs d'Or USA since 2005. Ms. Carter has been featured on HGTV's Posh Pets, and in numerous publications, including FrontDesk NY, Avenue Magazine, Hemispheres Magazine, and Gourmet Reise, a German publication for the Hotel Industry. Her multi-lingual skills combined with her strong background and solid career have made her one of the most sought-after concierge professionals in New York City.

Ms. Carter can be contacted at 212-521-6040 or susanne.carter@ritzcarlton.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.