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Mr. Suglia

Jesse Suglia

Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Jesse Suglia is Director of Sales & Marketing at the Sheraton New York Times Square, Sheraton’s flagship hotel. An experienced leader with more than 15 years working in the domestic and international group, business travel and leisure hotel travel segments, Mr. Suglia has held hotel sales positions in major cities including New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Prior to joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Suglia worked for Omni Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels and The Global Hotel Alliance and where he was Director, Travel Industry & International Sales and leading the New York Global Sales Center. Mr. Suglia’s prior roles with Omni Hotels & Resorts included Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Senior Director, Global Sales and Director, Global Business Travel Sales. Mr. Suglia earned a B.A. in Hotel Management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed the Institute of Business Travel Management, Global Leadership Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Suglia can be contacted at 212-841-6577 or jesse.suglia@sheraton.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.