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Mr. Kipping

Martin Kipping

General Manager, Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Martin Kipping was appointed General Manager of Viceroy Zihuatanejo, the exclusive, 46-room beachfront resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in 2013. He came to Zihuatanejo from Viceroy Anguilla, in Anguilla, BWI, where he was Resort Manager. Since arriving at the resort he has launched a number of new programs and projects designed to further Viceroy Zihuatanejo’s reputation as one of Mexico’s top luxury resorts while significantly enhancing the guest experience, including new culinary offerings, innovative amenities and services, and renovations of guest rooms and facilities. The precedent-setting Way to Wellness program, conceived by Mr. Kipping and launched in 2016, established Viceroy Zihuatanejo as the destination’s leader in the health and wellness fields, offering guests an extensive array of activities designed to help reduce stress and explore lifestyle improvements while on vacation. The program reinforced Viceroy Hotel Group’s brand promise, “Remember to Live,” an affirmation to create lifelong memories for each and every guest. Mr. Kipping has more than 20 years of luxury hospitality management experience. He began his hotel career in Washington DC and went on to serve in various positions at Four Seasons properties in Nevis, Boston, Costa Rica, and Las Vegas. A native of Germany, he attended Les Roche International School of Hotel Management in Bluche, Switzerland, earning a degree in Hospitality Management. He is a member of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas, a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of deserving and talented local students who are passionate about a career in hospitality or the culinary arts and to making a difference in the community. Please visit http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com for more information.

Mr. Kipping can be contacted at 52-755-555-5500 or vz.info@viceroyhotelsandresorts.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.