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APRIL: Guest Service: Customer Service is a Key Business Differentiator

Sapna Mehta  Mangal

Born between 1984 and early 2000s, Millennial are the largest cohort in the United States today. They are becoming the most sought-out demographic among hotel brand portfolios. As they continue to mature, they will not only impact travel numbers, but also become an influential and highly profitable segment. They exude distinct online and offline behavior. This has altered their outlook towards guest services. The present challenge faced by many hotels is that they are inundated with decade-old guest service delivery principles that are baby boomer and generation X focused. Are hotels ready to reevaluate these traditional offerings and embrace the 21st century notion of guest services? READ MORE

Dennis  Armbruster

In today’s hyper-competitive, hyper-connected global marketplace, customer experience has assumed a major role as a key business differentiator. Within the hospitality industry, there’s a growing understanding that competition based on price alone is no longer a viable strategy due to the potential volatility as well as the negative impact on profitability. READ MORE

Naomi Stark

The “Principle of Reflection”Of all the ways that customer service can be sliced and diced, the one fundamental that stands out the most significantly to me is: “Upper management must create a culture where customer service is valued and esteemed, taught and rewarded. Customer experience leaders who can drive this kind of cultural change will radically affect their companies’ competitive position and business performance.” There is nothing more important in the effort of driving customer service than driving a strong customer service culture. It’s the foundation to everything else. Period. READ MORE

Michael McCall

One of the most important issues in the hospitality industry today concerns the value proposition being offered to the customer. This proposition can be real or simply perceived. This fundamental issue begins by asking what the value proposition is that we offer our customers and then the manner or channel in which it is communicated. In this brief article we consider a number of ways that hotels can create a favorable value proposition in a manner that increases customer satisfaction and choice. READ MORE

Coming Up In The May Online Hotel Business Review


Feature Focus
Hotel Sustainable Development: Responsible Decision-Making for the Near and Long-term
The subject of sustainability has gained considerable momentum in recent years. There has been an increasing awareness among hotel owners and investors regarding the environmental impacts of hotel development and operations, such that sustainability issues have now permeated nearly every aspect of the industry. Despite the lack of clear metrics which makes the issue difficult to quantify, there is a growing consensus about the definition of what sustainability is, and its essential importance in the everyday, decision-making process. Simply put, sustainability seeks to balance financial, social and environmental factors to facilitate responsible business decision-making over the near and long term. How those factors are balanced may differ from company to company, but there are several fundamental issues about which there is little dispute. First, sustainability has become an important factor when customers make a hotel selection. According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, 71% of travelers reported that they planned to choose hotels based on sustainability over the next year. Thus, hotels that are managed and operating sustainably have a considerable advantage over their competitors. Secondly, sustainability can be a profit center. The main emission sources of carbon footprint in the hotel industry are energy, heating and water. Thus, the reduction in consumption of those elements means that both the size of their carbon footprint and their costs go down, so it is a true win-win for both businesses and the environment. These are just some of the issues that will be examined in the May issue of the Hotel Business Review, which will report on how some hotels are integrating sustainability practices into their operations, and how their businesses are benefiting from them.