Mr. Seigel

Bruce Seigel

Director of Sales & Marketing

The Ritz-Carlton Resorts, Naples

Bruce Seigel the Director of Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples Florida, started his hospitality managerial/leadership career over thirty years ago as a sales manager at the Pines Resort Hotel, in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. He became the General Manager in 1992. In 1996, he became the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Radisson Plaza Hotel Syracuse attached to the Onondaga Convention Center.

He joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999, as Director of Sales and Marketing/Catering and Conference Services. In October of 2005, Mr. Seigel became The Director of Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, leading the sales and marketing efforts for both The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

Mr. Seigel is a national “certified” speaker for The Ritz-Carlton Learning Institute, a division of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company that focuses on presenting The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award “legendary service” program to companies throughout the world.

He is also a certified instructor for The Ritz-Carlton Sales School, an internal sales program, teaching sales professionals in the company throughout the world, the class entitled Sales Service and Skills Foundations. He also teaches a new four-hour course on “The Ritz-Carlton Customer and the Sales Organization.” Additionally, in 2013-2014 Bruce served as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University teaching hospitality sales and marketing.

Mr. Seigel is a member of several leading industry organizations including a twenty-year member of HSMAI, MPI, The New York Society of Association Executives in New York, The Luxury Marketing Council and Sales and Marketing Executives International (SME).

Mr. Seigel holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York.

Mr. Seigel can be contacted at 239-598-3300 or bruce.seigel@ritzcarlton.com

Coming Up In The June Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Sales & Marketing: Who Owns the Guest?
Hotels and OTAs are, by necessity, joined at the hip and locked in a symbiotic relationship that is uneasy at best. Hotels require the marketing presence that OTAs offer and of course, OTAs guest’s email when it sends guest information to a hotel, effectively allowing OTAs to maintain “ownership” of the guest. Without ready access to guest need hotel product to offer their online customers. But recently, several OTAs have decided to no longer share a data, hotels are severely constrained from marketing directly to a guest which allows them to capture repeat business – the lowest cost and highest value travelers. Hotels also require this data to effectively market to previous guests, so ownership of this data will be a significant factor as hotels and OTAs move forward. Another issue is the increasing shift to mobile travel bookings. Mobile will account for more than half of all online travel bookings next year, and 78.6% of them will use their smartphone to make those reservations. As a result, hotels must have a robust mobile marketing plan in place, which means responsive design, one-click booking, and location technology. Another important mobile marketing element is a “Click-to-Call” feature. According to a recent Google survey, 68% of hotel guests report that it is extremely/very important to be able to call a hotel during the purchase phase, and 58% are very likely to call a hotel if the capability is available in a smartphone search. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.