Internet of Things Hotel Rooms Expected to Debut Soon

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San Diego entrepreneur Bharat Lall leverages more than two dozen years of experience in the hospitality investment sphere to guide Pinnacle Hotels USA as president and CEO. With Pinnacle Hotels, Bharat Lall oversees properties associated with brands such as Hyatt Regency and Marriott and stays current on the latest industry trends.

Positioned at the forefront of the technology sphere, Marriott recently tested a prototype Internet of Things (IoT) room in tandem with Legrand SA and Samsung. Within a hotel context, IoT employs coordinated technologies such as Amazon’s Alexa and Nest temperature controls in providing an adaptive environment tailored to guest preferences.

Among the technologies incorporated in Marriott’s IoT room are digital wall art that can be switched to people’s preferred images, such as family photos, and showers that remember the temperature of water used previously. In addition, the mirrors offer embedded on-demand videos with a high degree of content personalization. Early adopters of the soft-launch IoT room in 2018 are expected to be W hotels and Vanderslice, with Hilton in the process of debuting its own “teched-out” hotel rooms.

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AVID Students More Likely to Complete College

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Bharat Lall is the president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a hospitality company that serves as an umbrella for major hotel chains such as Hilton and La Quinta. Away from work, Bharat Lall actively supports a number of education-based efforts in the San Diego area, including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a program that helps students prepare for college.

In December of 2017, AVID released data that reveals the program is having a significant impact in helping minority students prepare for their college education. The survey shows that students from Latino and African-American backgrounds who go through the AVID program are nearly 10 percent more likely to complete a bachelor’s program within six years than those who don’t. The data is similar for American-Indian and Pacific-Islander students who participate in the program.

SDPL Rolls out New Fourth Grade Literacy Program

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A veteran of the hospitality industry, Bharat Lall serves as the CEO and president of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a San Diego-based company that purchases and renovates distressed hotels in prime locations. Bharat Lall is also a longtime supporter of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL).

In October of 2017, SDPL rolled out a new reading initiative in the Logan Heights area to help kids get up to speed before they start the fourth grade. The new program, “READY for 4th!,” is a joint effort between SDPL and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the San Diego Housing Commission, and the San Diego Unified School District.

Studies show that children must overcome increasing hurdles if they aren’t reading at the appropriate grade level before they enter fourth grade. SDPL Director Misty Jones says the READY for 4th! program is a commitment from the library to make sure children in the Logan Heights area get access to the literacy help they need.

San Diego’s Balboa Park Combines Beauty and Entertainment

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Dr. Bharat Lall, president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, Inc., oversees operations at a network of nine vacation properties. He founded the company in the 1990s, and has focused over the years on acquiring underperforming mid-range hotels and renovating them into amenity-rich but affordable destinations. In the San Diego area, Bharat Lall, MD, and Pinnacle offer the Four Points Downtown San Diego, the Radisson Hotel San Diego-Rancho Bernardo, Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Solana Beach, and three other properties.

San Diego can provide tourists with a wide range of fascinating things to see and do. Balboa Park is among the region’s most beautiful and historically intriguing sites, popular with both locals and tourists.

Balboa Park blends rich cultural experiences with the beauty of the natural world. The park is the home of 17 museums, including those devoted to classic artworks, local history, and transportation. Shakespearean performances, concerts, and dance events regularly take place on its stages.

The park’s tranquil expanses of lush gardens offer quiet places to stroll, reflect, or get close to water lilies, orchids, and roses. The gardens are particularly popular with picnickers, and hiking trails and dog parks help visitors and their pets enjoy their exercise.

Originally called City Park, at the time San Diego hosted the 1915 Panama-San Diego Exposition the park was renamed in honor of the Spanish explorer. In the 1970s, it earned National Historic Landmark status.

Maintaining Brand Relevancy through Social Media Interaction

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An Indian-American hotelier, Bharat Lall serves as president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a company he founded in 1989. In order to connect with customers, Bharat Lall stays apprised of current hospitality trends, such as the increasing necessity to embrace digital strategies.

With the increasing popularity of sharing-economy options like Airbnb, hospitality brands need to work hard to maintain their relevancy. A primary tool for digital disruption is social media. Social media strategies need to be focused and representative of what customers want from a personalized brand experience. This is achieved by offering high-quality content in formats that encourage sharing and interaction.

Dialogue with the public can be driven through crowdsourced content. Customers love to share their photos and videos, and may start to compete for spots on the brand’s social media pages. This sort of competition drives conversation with the public and can significantly boost a brand’s social media reach, resulting in a larger audience for its own content.An Indian-American hotelier, Bharat Lall serves as president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a company he founded in 1989. In order to connect with customers, Bharat Lall stays apprised of current hospitality trends, such as the increasing necessity to embrace digital strategies.

With the increasing popularity of sharing-economy options like Airbnb, hospitality brands need to work hard to maintain their relevancy. A primary tool for digital disruption is social media. Social media strategies need to be focused and representative of what customers want from a personalized brand experience. This is achieved by offering high-quality content in formats that encourage sharing and interaction.

Dialogue with the public can be driven through crowdsourced content. Customers love to share their photos and videos, and may start to compete for spots on the brand’s social media pages. This sort of competition drives conversation with the public and can significantly boost a brand’s social media reach, resulting in a larger audience for its own content.

A Prominent Speaker with the San Diego Indian American Society

 

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In his position as Pinnacle Hotels USA founder, Bharat Lall guides a wide range of properties in locations throughout Southern California and beyond. A prominent member of his local community, Bharat Lall is active with the San Diego Indian American Society, which was established more than three decades ago and provides scholarships and organizes cultural events.

An eagerly awaited event each year is the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture, which had Dr. Jonas Salk as its first presenter in 1984. The most recent speaker was Nisha Desai Biswal, who has achieved a high profile role in the U.S. State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia.

Previously an administrator with the U.S. Agency for International Development and with American Red Cross experience, Ms. Biswal was appointed to her position by President Barack Obama in 2013. She broke ground as the first person in the role to be of South Asian origin, and currently coordinates bilateral relations with countries ranging from Sri Lanka to Kazakhstan.

As reported in the Times of India, Ms. Biswal’s appointment placed her in the company of well-known politician Bobby Jindal as an Indian-American achieving the assistant secretary level in U.S. government. Speaking with the Telegraph, she noted that her position was one in which reviving talks between India and Pakistan, as well as resolving Indian-Nepalese issues, was a priority.

AVID Recognizes Teacher Excellence

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For nearly two decades, Bharat Lall has served as the president and CEO of Pinnacle Hotels USA, where he supervises the operations of nine hotel properties in Southern California and Texas. Apart from his work, Bharat Lall is a committed philanthropist who supports many organizations in the San Diego area, including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

Last July, AVID praised the efforts of five San Diego area teachers, recognizing them with the AVID Teacher Advocacy Award. This distinction is given to teachers who stand out for their commitment to preparing students for college. A teacher is nominated by his or her peers, who submit an essay outlining the teacher’s specific accomplishments in helping students get ready for college.

Each Advocacy Award recipient receives $10,000 to help with college-readiness efforts in the classroom. The five winners were honored at the AVID Summer Institute in Sacramento on July 11, 2017.