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Mr. Panto

Darren Panto

Business Development Director, iRiS Software Systems

Darren Panto, Business Development Director for iRiS Software Systems is responsible for establishing and building long term relationships with the major hotel and cruise-line groups as well as hotel brands. Through key industry partnerships Darren has built the utilization of mobile concierge systems within the hotel environment and has formed essential connectivity partnerships to enhance operation efficiencies for hoteliers. A people person, Mr. Panto's philosophy is one of working with customers as partners. He started his career in the industry studying a business degree with tourism (BA Hons), focusing on tourism law. Following a spell as a professional cricketer with Sussex CCC (UK), Mr. Panto took some time to travel and experience cultures worldwide, before spending summers in France and Spain working as an overseas holiday representative. Mr. Panto started working in the tour operator industry 25 years ago working for Intasun and Longwood holidays. He started at the bottom and worked his way up, continuing his career at Peltours as Sales & Marketing Director on the Executive Board. He held the Sales Director position at Mosaic Holidays for two years, and prior to joining iRiS Software Systems he worked as an independent consultant. His work has covered all aspects of the business including customer care, brochure development, website production, marketing, contracting, public relations, sales and product development. Mr. Panto has exceptional knowledge of working with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, South Africa, Canary Islands, France, Spain, USA, New Zealand, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Morocco

Please visit http://www.iris.net for more information.

Mr. Panto can be contacted at 44-0-2070-999-242 or darren@iris.net

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.