Hoperator is a sales and messaging platform designed to help travel and hospitality businesses increase revenue, provide customer service and build guest intelligence by connecting with their potential customers and guests in their preferred messaging channel.
Chris Douglas – CEO/Cofounder
Prior to cofounding Hoperator, Chris built a career in advertising as a creative. During this time he managed creative and digital teams to develop digital campaigns and digital products for some of the world’s largest brands. His experience spans brand building, user experience, product development and digital strategy. He also holds a patent for a social gaming application.
Michael Foltz – CTO/Cofounder
Besides being an accomplished software architect, Michael owned and managed a group of award-winning hostels in Poland. During this time, he led the development of their own property management software that they licensed to other accommodations. With Hoperator, Michael combines his experience as a technologist with his passion for the travel and hospitality industry.
Wanna learn how messaging can drive revenue for hotels? This is the first in a series of Hoperator reports to come where they analyze data from their platform, share how Hoperator is being used and the opportunities it creates for hoteliers. This version of the report is exclusive to Lodging Leaders listeners.
Bijal Patel, 31, is CEO of Coast Redwood Hospitality and the youngest chair of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. He’s made even more history at CHLA by agreeing to serve an unprecedented second term as the lodging industry emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Patel is a third-generation hotelier. Being so steeped in hospitality at such a young age is not new for members of the Indian American hotelier community, but Patel fears the pandemic has drained the industry of emerging talent. Lodging Leaders spotlights Patel, who represents a leadership demographic that is fighting for the life of the hospitality industry as they watch their peers veer toward other career paths.
Many hotels these days have made room for guests with disabilities. Hotel managers and staff should also know what the Americans with Disabilities Act says about accommodating guests with pets. During the pandemic lockdowns, a lot of people added a pet to their household and now they’re bringing Fido along on vacation. Hotel employees need to know how to cater to both consumers who are pet owners as well as guests who travel with a trained service animal. Episode 329 of Lodging Leaders podcast reports on how the ADA defines a service animal and how a hotel is legally obligated to serve a guest who comes with a dog or any other animal.