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Ms. Chambers

Lizz Chambers

Manager of Group Sales, Newport Hospitality Group

Lizz Chambers leads Newport Hospitality Group’s Sales and Organizational Development team. With guest expectations continuing to rise, the need for motivated, knowledgeable and guest-focused team members on our sales force has never been greater. The need for a strong sales effort along with sales training and development is crucial and is a dynamic and challenging role which Lizz takes seriously. Ms. Chambers has over 28 years of industry experience that includes broad-based sales and marketing expertise in multiple segments of the travel industry. Her hotel industry experience includes branded, independent, select-service, full-service, extended stay, conference and new construction properties. Ms. Chambers considers sales and marketing to be critical to a property’s success. Her team of experts oversee market analysis, positioning, revenue strategy, yield and demographic analysis as well as the company’s internet marketing initiatives. To accomplish these tasks, Lizz works with her corporate team to ensure that each property develops a marketing strategy and oversees its successful execution. NHG has been on the edge of the e-commerce trend since 1994 when we launched our first corporate website and one of the first online booking engines in the industry. Lizz is on the forefront of e-commerce and insures that, as a marketing tool, it is best utilized for the specific needs of each property. “Everybody Sells” is her company’s battle cry, from Sales Directors to Guest Service Personnel to our Rooms Care Associates (Maintenance and Housekeeping), everyone at NHG receives sales training. Ms. Chambers is also a member of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers and is a Certified Hospitality Administrator and Certified Hospitality Educator with American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Educational Institute. Please visit www.nhghotels.com for more information.

Ms. Chambers can be contacted at 757-221-6830 or lizzc@nhghotels.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.