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Mr. Imerlishvili

Ira Imerlishvili

Lead Designer / Senior Associate, DiLeonardo

Ira Imerlishvili's adventure with design started at a very young age. As a son of a famous Georgian set designer, he spent most of his childhood on sets of premier theaters and opera houses. He followed his father's footsteps; first graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia and later, designing sets and costumes for top opera and theatrical performances. Mr. Imerlishvili brings with him 15 years of experience in hospitality design including high-end urban and resort hotels, restaurants, golf clubs and residential interiors all over the globe. He shares his extensive design experience by mentoring other fellow designers who admire his unique design style and project management skills. As a Lead Designer / Senior Associate, Mr. Imerlishvili leads teams through the design process from inception of the concept, through the development stages, straight through to the completion and installation. Mr. Imerlishvili holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Design from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also recieved a Fine Arts degree in Set, Costume and Lighting Design from Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts located in Tbilisi, Georgia. “Excellent results are achieved by engaging clients into the creative process; helping them create what they wanted all along.” A fun fact about Mr. Imerlishvili is that he designed and hosted the Georgian Hospitality House for the country of Georgia during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.

Mr. Imerlishvili can be contacted at 401-732-2900 or iimerlishvili@dileonardo.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.