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Cris Davidson

Cris Davidson
Cris is VP of Global Key Accounts for ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions, responsible for leading hotel brands based in the Americas. He is recognized for his leadership techniques adaptable to changing markets and unique business environments. Previously, he served as Sr. Director of the Americas for FCS in Malaysia and is also credited with working on several successful entrepreneurial efforts.

Today’s hospitality industry is changing more rapidly than ever to address both external market influences and new guest needs. As we enter this “New World of Hospitality,” we must each understand not only what evolving industry conditions mean for operating a safe hospitality business, but also how we can continue to live up to our promise of knowing what guests want from a hotel experience and making sure that services cater to those expectations exactly.


What Does Sustainability Really Mean for Today’s Hotel Industry?

Sustainability is a word that has been used extensively in hospitality circles over the past decade and is often regarded as no more than an industry buzzword that defines the environmentally friendly practices of a lodging operation. However, the term has evolved exponentially in recent years to include a range of operational areas that bring social and economic policies together with the environmental impact an organization has on its community, as well as the planet. Together, these areas for...


Blurring the Lines Between Physical and Digital Hotel Security

The hospitality industry is certainly no stranger to security risks. Statistics in fact indicate that more than 53,000 crimes take place within hotel guestrooms. At the same time, however, hoteliers are also having to remain vigilant against the growing threat of cybercrime. An issue that has resulted in at least 16 billion records containing sensitive data being lost to theft since 2019, cyber-attacks can cause untold damage to a hotel’s reputation and can lead to a significant increase in liab...


Discovering the Keys to Hotel Business Success With Technology Integrations

In today’s complex and fast-paced hotel environments, technology integrations and interoperability are not just part of an ongoing trend. They are now more than ever proving essential to ensuring heightened hotel business performance and the meeting of modern hotel guest expectations. According to a Smart Decisions Guide, as many as 91 percent of hoteliers view having highly compatible technology as key to success in improving property performance. Today, although many industry professionals con...


ID-Verification, Vaccine Passports, and More: Combatting Common Concerns

Decades ago, the idea of using a mobile phone to check into a hotel was incomprehensible. Now, it’s almost commonplace. With new technology developing at a fast rate and the travel industry considering implementing vaccine passports, contactless solutions are critical in providing safe guest experiences. But many hoteliers are still learning about the newest contactless solutions, and others question just how secure they may be. Read on to learn more about which contactless solutions are popular...


Preparing Hotels for the Return of Business Travel

Few if any areas of the hospitality industry have been left unscathed since the rise of COVID-19, but perhaps none have been affected as much as those that rely on business travel to keep their businesses out of the red. From individual work-related trips to the hosting of meetings and largescale conferences, hotels that previously could count on a steady inflow of business travelers saw such revenue sources dry up almost overnight due to global travel restrictions.


Do More With Less For Your Hotel Operations With IoT Technology

There’s no question the hospitality sector has been hit hard during the pandemic. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), up to 174 million jobs could be lost by the end of 2020 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Almost half of hotel industry employees are also reported to still be out of work while five out of ten guestrooms remain empty.


Meeting Hotel Cleanliness and Distancing Standards Post-Coronavirus

When hotel guests begin to return in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, cleanliness will be a critical factor both for guests and staff. How should you best approach this new normal? Here is a list of new procedures and technologies that hoteliers are beginning to implement to limit virus exposure. 

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