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Ms. Buckley

Shruti Buckley

Vice President & Global Brand Manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Marriott International, Inc.

Shruti Buckley joined Marriott International, Inc. in 2008 as vice president and global brand manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand. She has accountability for global brand strategy, brand positioning and integrity, and the guest experience for more than 700 hotels worldwide. Ms, Buckley has more than 15 years of experience in brand and business management, marketing, and strategy development across a variety of categories, including luxury cosmetics, apparel, food and toys. Prior to joining Marriott, she worked for National Geographic, leading all global marketing, public relations, product branding and international retail development efforts for the organization's Licensing division. Prior to National Geographic, Shruti held product development and brand management leadership roles at Estee Lauder, Unilever and Nestle. She also brings international experience and perspective, having lived and worked in Switzerland and Japan. Ms, Buckley is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in South East Asian Studies. Ms, Buckley and her family live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ms. Buckley can be contacted at 301-380-7770 or ffiheadquarters@marriott.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.