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Ms. Lima

Loulu Lima

Principal, LL Consulting

Loulu Lima, CRME, CHBA is an independent hospitality consultant with +20 years in hospitality, specializing in Sales/Marketing/Hotel Distribution/Event and Revenue Management. At each role she has attained the experience to continue to assist hotels and businesses increase their revenues on a B2B and B2C level. Prior to going out on her own, Ms. Limaís stepping stones encompass launching PriceMatch, a cloud based RMS in the Americas as Director of Sales; Travelzoo as Senior Sales Manager, launching their calendar model; was a Market Manager with Travelocity for 5 years in the NYC market, working with hotels to grow their market share on this channel. In 2009, she received the highest award Travelocity offers as a Golden Gnome Winner. Since 2008, Ms. Lima has been working on the HSMAI Greater NYC Chapterís Marketing Committee and achieved her CRME and CHBA from HSMAI in 2012. Today, Ms. Lima is the Director of e-Commerce for HSMAIís Austin chapter as well as a member of HEDNA. She has taken her previous experience of revenue management consulting for Intelligent Hotels in addition to being part of the start-up team of the HotelFlash report, to work with hotel partners globally on how to grow their bottom line revenues. Her experience of revenue management began in the late 1990ís at Loews Hotels Corporate office in NYC. Simultaneously, Ms. Lima previously ran her own catering/craft service business for the film industry while gaining her revenue management experience. Ms. Lima graduated from Schiller International University in Engelberg Switzerland with a Hospitality Management Degree and a Culinary Arts Degree from the New York Restaurant School. To contact Ms. Lima visit her website www.llconsulting.info, email loululima@gmail.com or call/text 512-645-5573. www.linkedin.com/in/loululima/ Please visit www.llconsulting.info for more information.

Ms. Lima can be contacted at 512-645-5573 or loulu.lima@gmail.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.