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Mr. Puczko

Laszlo Puczko

Director of Industry Intelligence, Resources for Leisure Assets

Laszlo Puczko is the Group Managing Partner 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 www.resourcesforleisureassets.com for more information.

Mr. Puczko can be contacted at 43-1-7172-8445 or laszlo@resourcesforleisureassets.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.