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Mr. Robinson

Marcus Robinson

Chief Experience Officer, Monscierge

Marcus Robinson is a veteran international entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the American, European and South African telecom and software industries. During his tenure abroad, Mr. Robinson was the Managing Director for multiple companies, including Amcat EMEA and UK Digital.

As the Managing Director of Amcat, he spearheaded their launch into Europe, and successfully grew the brand into a market leader in under 5 years. It was during this time, pursuing global markets for Amcat, that he recognized a significant challenge facing the hospitality industry - both the smartphone revolution and the advent of social media altered the way hotels would need to communicate with travelers.

Using technology throughout the entire travel lifecycle became imperative as guests' expectations of hotel-utilized technology was growing faster than hotels could implement solutions. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Robinson founded the hospitality technology firm Monscierge.

Monscierge is a global company helping hotels and travelers connect for a better travel experience. His idea was to build technologies and strategies born of an innovative culture that was focused on being easy to use, scale, and do business with - all while still maintaining affordability.

Mr. Robinson and his team have spent the last five years working side-by-side with hotel employees and staff to develop tools that meet real day-to-day challenges for those in the hospitality industry. His philosophy of learning directly from the client has nurtured a culture of collaboration throughout the entire company. Initially launching the product line with touchscreen lobby devices, Mr. Robinson's idea was to provide a sense of comfort to travelers from all over the world by delivering trusted local information through the same technology hotel guests expect and use throughout their daily lives.

Today, the Monscierge suite touches every phase of the guest journey, from planning to post-stay, and is available in hotels around the world on smartphones, tablets, web, and lobby digital signage.

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 888-426-5730 or marcus.robinson@monscierge.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.