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Mr. Puczko

Laszlo Puczko

Director of Industry Intelligence, Resources for Leisure Assets

Laszlo Puczko is the Director of Industry Intelligence at RLA Resource for Leisure Assets. Mr. Puzcko has worked as a travel and tourism expert in the health, wellness, medical services and spa arena for over 20 years. Mr. Puczko founded The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa (2012), which serves as global intelligence for the health travel industry.

Mr. Puczko has participated in more than a hundred projects in various fields: research, planning, product development, experience mapping and design, impact assessment and marketing. Mr. Puczko was the lead for the first ever Health Tourism Study for the UN World Tourism Organisation & European Travel Commission (out in Q3 2015). He was a lead consultant on the "Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism: Where do Spas Fit?" study for the Global Spa Summit.

Over the past years, Mr. Puczko has honed his expertise in product development, experience mapping and design, impact assessment and marketing. He graduated as an economist specialized in tourism in Budapest (Hungary) and following his interests in culture, arts and experiences, he also graduated from Art & Design Management of the Hungarian University of Applied Arts. Supporting his academic rigor in business and teaching

Mr. Puczko completed his PhD in 2000. Mr. Puczko has become a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) in 2003. Between 2006 and 2014 he was the president of the Association of Tourism Consultants (Hungary) and was manager at KPMG Travel, Leisure and Tourism (Europe and Middle-East EA) between 2001 and 2004. Mr. Puczko is an internationally known and acknowledged expert.

Mr. Puczko is a frequent presenter at international professional and academic conferences addressing such topics as performance benchmarks, competitive product development, the role of travel in well being and product conceptualization. Mr. Puczko is a trainer of marketing and product development at both location and destination levels. He is the (co-)author of numerous specialized books (e.g.: Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel or The Impacts of Tourism) and articles in professional journals.

Please visit http://www.resourcesforleisureassets.com for more information.

Mr. Puczko can be contacted at +1 43171728445 or laszlo@resourcesforleisureassets.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.