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Mr. Albarran

Marco Albarran

Managing Director, Remarkable Hospitality, Inc.

Marco Albarran is the founder and president of Remarkable Hospitality, Inc., an international consulting, training and educational firm that specializes in assisting hospitality companies to perform successfully by developing and continuously improving service standards. He also serves as a hospitality instructor and subject matter expert for various universities. Mr. Albarran has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a focus on service, quality assurance, and education/training. Mr. Albarran's passion for delivering value and quality to his clients and students is a very important aspect of what he believes in, which is simply that, providing elite customer service in a timely manner is the way to create a true loyal base, which in turn, will convert into long lasting relationships and improve bottom lines. Before launching Remarkable Hospitality, Inc., Mr. Albarran was with HVS International, working on national and international consulting projects, including market and feasibility studies for proposed and existing lodging facilities. Prior to this, he was the Academic Program Director for Hospitality Management for Florida Metropolitan University, a subsidiary of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Mr. Albarran has also worked with various hotel management companies and quality assurance companies, focusing on service analysis, management and consulting. Mr. Albarran was born in Mexico City and moved to Puerto Rico at a young age. He started working in the family real estate business at age 14 (including a restaurant under the portfolio), assisting with various entry-level operational roles. That experience, coupled with having had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world, developed an interest in the hospitality and tourism industry, specifically in the service area of the business. This led him to study Hospitality Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, where Marco earned an MBA with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. He is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Mr. Albarran can be contacted at 561-542-6326 or malbarran@remarkablehospitality.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.