When the butler is a robot, do we still need to tip?
Brian McGuinness , SVP Specialty Select Brands at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide | 12 Oct 14
Earlier this year, Starwood’s Aloft Hotels introduced a novelty in their property in Cupertino, California: a robotic butler dubbed
“A.L.O.” Is this the wave of the future? Brian McGuinness, in charge of the company’s Specialty Select brands, which includes
Aloft, shares the story with us of the birth of the industry’s first “Botlr”.
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the
world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its
owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of
hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The
Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®,
element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry"s
leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem
points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently
announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of
world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood
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