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Ms. Beltran

Sandra Beltran

VP of Sales & Marketing, Prohotel International

Sandra Beltran joined Prohotel International in 1998, bringing with her over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Vice President, Ms. Beltran is responsible for the marketing and sales of Prohotel’s International clients. She was integral in the concept creation and implementation at luxury boutique properties including La Pleta in Baqueira, Spain and Esencia and Ikal del Mar in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Ms. Beltran was also charged with the creation of guest recognition and appreciation programs, which to date have increased the repeat guest factor from 50% to 70%. Ms. Beltran’s other duties include conducting market research, as well as concept and feasibility studies to market clients to the luxury niche, heading up the public relations department, ensuring all Prohotel properties meet or exceed luxury standards and coordinating with advertising agencies to develop marketing materials. Using her vast knowledge of internet marketing, Ms. Beltran creates and implements online marketing campaigns and promotions in conjunction with partner websites which have thus far resulted in a 15% increase in annual revenues. Ms. Beltran is also a principal in a vineyard in Tupongato, Argentina by the name of Ikal1150. Her duties include promotion of the brand and distribution in the United States. Her passion for nature and all things natural has aided her in this venture. The vines are drip irrigated with the snow melt water from the neighboring Andes Mountains and no chemicals or pesticides are used during the bottling. For her, the wine and the hotels go hand in hand as they are both commodities that people can indulge in without the guilt. Ms. Beltran received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Ms. Beltran can be contacted at 713-528-7862 or sbeltran@prohotels.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.