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Mr. Fawell

Richard Fawell

Design & Managing Principal, VOA Associates Incorporated

Rick Fawell, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, is currently Design and Managing Principal of the two VOA offices in China and has been designing and planning Hotel, Resort and Residential projects over the past 35 years across the United States and currently in China and Southeast Asia. Mr. Fawell has studied, worked and lived in Paris, France and Helsinki, Finland as well as Boston and Chicago in the United States and since 2009 has resided in Beijing. The Beijing and Shanghai offices of VOA are responsible not only for the hospitality work in China but also currently in South Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia. VOA is also in the midst of large resort master-planning projects throughout Asia. Mr. Fawell has been with VOA as a Principal for the past 19 years, the past seven years predominantly in Asia. VOA is currently in various stages of design and construction on new luxury hotels, residential projects, and resorts throughout China and the rest of Asia.

Mr. Fawell can be contacted at 312-453-7554 or rfawell@voa.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.