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Mark Fancourt

Co-Founder at TRAVHOTECH

Mark Fancourt

ark Fancourt’s impressive 30-year career in hospitality has taken him all over the world; more specifically, to 45 countries on five different continents. His journey began in his hometown of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, where his father was involved in the tourism industry; to Griffith University, where he earned his Master of Hospitality Management — and it has most recently brought him to Las Vegas, where he co-founded Testbed.Vegas. This nonprofit organization focuses on dialogue, education and the exhibition of travel and hospitality technology in the robust Las Vegas market. Fancourt understands these concepts of dialogue and education in hospitality very well. He has held executive leadership roles with global and regional oversight at a host of prestigious companies — including MGM, Fidelio, Micros, Pan Pacific, PPHG, and operational roles with Qantas, Sheraton and Hyatt — along with independent hotels, resorts and startup tech companies

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Will Augmented Reality Enhance The Hotel Stay Of The Future?

AR is present in different areas of our life today, even on its most trivial aspects: think about the explosion of Pokémon Go, a game with over 60M active users every month. Some hotels have ridden this "gamification" wave, transforming into "Pokétel.

How big of a threat to the hospitality industry is Airbnb’s upcoming IPO?

Welcome to 2020. Airbnb is part of the hospitality industry already. Get over it. I hope IPO cash might help them ease Expedia and Booking's oligopolistic power. I hope IPO cash might have them boost a faster global return to travel.

Not to be missed sessions at CYBER HITEC and Virtual G2E

In the age of the plague the idea of continued learning with our industry colleagues and peers has morphed dramatically. Enter the new age of digital events. We can all acknowledge that it was emerging.

Amazon Explore - Is This Another Attempt to Enter the Travel Industry?

Amazon has tried unsuccessfully to tackle the online travel space twice in the past. Back in 2013-2015, Amazon attempted to do this “organically” with its ill-conceived Amazon Local and Amazon Destinations.

Thoughts and recommendations for CYBER HITEC!

My top 5: 1). Session specific: As these will be online, make the sessions very specific. So not “what will be the future of hotel wireless infrastructure” but “what will WIFI 6 mean for your hotel guests and the three things you need to know”.
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