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Mr. Johnson

Brian Johnson

Managing Director, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Brian Johnson is the Managing Director of the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, the 398-room award-winning property nestled in the Santa Catalina Foothills in Tucson, Ariz. His extensive experience in the hotel industry includes serving as general manager of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla., and various management roles in hotels including the Regent Las Vegas, Scottsdale Princess, Resort at Squaw Creek, Sheraton Grande Torrey Pines and several of the Sheraton Hotels on Harbor Island. Johnson received a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and an MBA in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from National University in San Diego, California. He currently serves as the Arizona representative for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), and is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC). He also is an executive board member of both the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) and the Southern Arizona Lodging and Resort Association (SALARA). Amongst his many accolades are Hotel of the Year 2009 and General Manager of the Year 2008 from Loews Hotels and Resorts, Father of the Year from the Tucson Father's Day Council in 2007, and Hotelier of the Year 2006 award from the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

Mr. Johnson can be contacted at 520-529-7900 or bjohnson@loewshotels.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.