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Mr. Forgacs

Gabor Forgacs

Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of Guelph

Dr. Gabor Forgacs has twenty years work experience in the hotel industry on two continents including a management position at a Four Seasons hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the position of president and general manager of a full service hotel in Budapest, Hungary. He teaches at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, Toronto since 1997. He is teaching Revenue Management for Hospitality & Tourism, The Value of Branding in Lodging, and Property Management Systems. Dr. Forgacs is also a member of the Special Graduate Faculty of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he teaches Advanced Revenue Management for the MBA program. Dr. Forgacs had received his doctorate from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, in 1977. Dr. Forgacs has authored a book “Revenue Management. Maximizing Revenue in Hospitality Operations” published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (2010) and he was the editor of the online discussion series “Branding and Product Specialization in Hotels” by Henry Stewart Publications (2009). He has published articles in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, The Hotelier Magazine (Canada), The Rooms Chronicle (U.S.), The Accommodator (Canada), The Canadian Lodging News and other print magazines. Also published in conference proceedings of the ICHRIE (International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education), plus in online publications e.g. Hotel-Online.com, ehotelier.com, hotelnewsresource.com, 4hoteliers.com, htrends.com, HVS Intrenational.com, hsyndicate.org and other electronic publications. Dr. Forgacs is frequently quoted and interviewed in the Canadian media.

Mr. Forgacs can be contacted at 416-979-5000 x6693 or gforgacs@ryerson.ca

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.