Editorial Board   

Mr. Rosenberger

Matthew Rosenberger

Consultant & Publisher, ABC Travel Guides for Kids

Matthew G. Rosenberger is a family travel consultant and publisher who works with hotels that want to be recognized as the most family friendly in their region. He is publisher of ABC City Guides for Kids, an all-in-one alphabet book, activity guide and souvenir. The books are customized by hotels and resorts to feature their images, logo and address on the book's front and back covers. Mr. Rosenberger also promotes his selection of family friendly hotels at his website and family travel related assignments through his "We Love Kids" and "TOP FIVE" pick selections. A speaker and writer on travel and family related issues Mr. Rosenberger enjoys traveling with his wife and their two daughters under the age of 10. His critically acclaimed guides are featured in hotels, airports and gift shops throughout the country and feature his original photography and text. Mr. Rosenberger has worked with GMs and DOSMs in many cities across the US including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Providence, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, St. Louis, San Diego and Washington DC, to create custom guides that are used as part of an overall marketing plan to attract family travel business. Mr. Rosenberger will also create a book from scratch if a hotel in a city that is not yet written about is interested.

Mr. Rosenberger can be contacted at 215-242-4011 or mgr@kidstravelguides.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.