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Mr. Hopkin

Sir Royston Hopkin

Owner & Chairman, Spice Island Beach Resort

Sir Royston O. Hopkin KCMG, is a dedicated philanthropist and owner and chairman of the award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada. He has had an extensive and distinguished career in the hospitality and tourism industry spanning more than 48 years of contributions to his home country, Grenada, and the entire Caribbean region. Sir Royston began his tourism career when he joined the family business at the Ross Point Inn in 1965, and at the age of 20, he was appointed to the Grenada Board of Tourism where he served for 18 consecutive years. He holds the distinction of being the first Grenadian to be elected president of the Grenada Hotel Association (an accomplishment at the age of 24), a position he held 14 times. At a regional level, Sir Royston has served on the board of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and since 1970, has held numerous positions including director, vice president, president and chairman. During his tenure with CHTA, he founded the Small Hotels Committee, which today is still one of the most important sub-committees. He has also served on the board of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Sir Royston is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the coveted CHTA “Hotelier of the Year” honor, Lifetime Achievement Award from both CTO and CHTA, Grenada's Silver Anniversary Independence Awards for 25 years of dedicated service, and several other awards from the Grenada Hotel Association. Perhaps his greatest honor occurred in December 2004, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II graciously conferred the title of Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) for his contribution to tourism in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean. Sir Royston is married to Lady Betty Hopkin and has three children, Ryan, Nerissa and Janelle.

Mr. Hopkin can be contacted at 473-444-4258 or info@spicebeachresort.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.