Mr. O'Connor

Peter O'Connor

Academic Director

Institute de Management Hotelier Int.

Peter O'Connor is Academic Director and Professor of Information Systems at Institute de Management Hotelier International (IMHI), an MBA program specialising in international hospitality management administered by ESSEC Business School, France. He received his Doctorate in hospitality e-commerce from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, holds a Master's degree in Management Information Systems from Trinity College, Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Catering Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Dr. O’Connor’s primary research, teaching and consulting interests focus on the use of technology in the hospitality and tourism sectors. He has developed expertise on the use of electronic channels of distribution in tourism, and on how information technology can be used to enhance both the management and operational effectiveness of hospitality organizations.

Based on his work, he has authored two leading textbooks on technology in the hospitality business - "Using Computers in Hospitality" (Cassell, UK, 2000 - now in its fourth edition) and "Electronic Information Distribution in Hospitality and Tourism Industries" (CABI, UK, 1999), as well as numerous articles in both the trade and academic press. In addition he serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Information Technology & Tourism, the International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology and The Cornell Hotel Administration Quarterly, and is an active member of organizations such as HITA (Hospitality Information Technology Association), HFTP (Hospitality Finance & Technology Professionals) and IFITT (the International Federation of Information Technology in Tourism). Recently he was awarded the prestigious Best Research Paper award at the 2002 ENTER Technology in Tourism conference by the International Federation for Information Technology in Tourism.

Dr. O’Connor has taught professional seminars on technology management for a variety of leading international hospitality companies, including Group Accor, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, the British Tourist Board, the International Hotel & Restaurant Association, the European Commission and the World Tourism Organisation Business Council. He is also a regular speaker at academic and industry conferences on technology-related issues and trends. Prior to joining IMHI, Mr. O’Connor was a lecturer in hospitality computer applications at the Dublin Institute of Technology and an associate lecturer at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. He has held a visiting position at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and worked in a wide variety of positions in the international hospitality industry in sectors ranging from luxury hotels to contract food services.

Mr. O'Connor can be contacted at +33 1 3443 3177 or oconnor@essec.fr

Coming Up In The May Online Hotel Business Review




Feature Focus
Eco-Friendly Practices: The Value of Sustainability
The hotel industry continues to make remarkable progress in implementing sustainability policies and procedures in their properties throughout the world. As a result, they continue to reap the benefits of increased profitability, enhanced guest experiences, and improved community relations. In addition, as industry standards are codified and adopted worldwide, hotels can now compare how their operations measure up against their competitors in terms of sustainable practices and accomplishments. This capacity to publicly compare and contrast is spurring competition and driving innovation as hotels do not wish to be left behind in this area. Water management and conservation is still a primary issue as population growth, urbanization, pollution and wasteful consumption patterns place increasing demands on freshwater supply. Water recycling; installing low-flow fixtures; using digital sensors to control water usage; and even harvesting rainwater are just a few things that some hotels are doing to preserve this precious resource. Waste management is another major concern. Through policies of reduce, reuse and recycle, some hotels are implementing “zero-waste” programs with the goal of substantially reducing their landfill waste which produces carbon dioxide and methane gases. Other hotels have established comprehensive training programs that reinforce the value of sustainability. There is employee engagement through posters and quizzes, and even contests are held to increase innovation, sensitivity and environmental awareness. Some hotels are also monitoring a guest’s energy usage and rewarding those who consumed less energy with gifts and incentives. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating eco-friendly practices into their operations and how they and the environment are benefiting from them.