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Mr. Munday

Trent Munday

Vice President, Steiner Spa Consulting

Trent Munday is Vice President of Steiner Spa Consulting and Regional Vice President of Mandara Spa. Both are owned by Steiner Leisure LLC, a driving force in the global spa, wellness and beauty industries. Mr. Munday joined Steiner Leisure in January 2005 after 14 years in the hotel business, with Six Senses Hotels & Resorts, where he opened the company's first Evason property in Hua Hin, Thailand as Resident Manager and COMO Hotels & Resorts where he was the opening General Manager of Uma Ubud, Bali. Having worked in Australia, USA, Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia and Malaysia, he has gained considerable experience in the hospitality industry across numerous, diverse cultural environments. Mr. Munday also spent two years at a senior management level with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games where he was responsible for a number of portfolios including the accommodation and related services for over 17,000 Athletes and officials in The Village. It was here that he learned the art of trying to break things to make them stronger. “If you put your best work forward and then invite people to try to break it, to try to find fault in it, invariably someone will and it's often not the person you expect. Then you can go back, fix the bits that are broken, then repeat the process. Eventually, you end up with strongest possible outcome.” Mr. Munday's role is to manage and develop existing business and set the future strategic direction for the companies. One of his key responsibilities is to ensure the integrity of both the Steiner Spa Consulting and Mandara Spa brands and to identify new opportunities within the current business profile of the companies. “Put simply, my job is to deliver on our promise to our partners and maintain our position as the market leader.” says Mr. Munday. Mr. Munday's personal blog can be found at [http://trentmunday.com/#/blog][1] [1]: http://trentmunday.com/#/blog

Please visit http://www.steinerspaconsulting.com for more information.

Mr. Munday can be contacted at 60-3-7880-6588 or trentm@steinerleisure.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.