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Ms. Mechoso Safer

Mariana Mechoso Safer

Senior Vice President, Marketing, HeBS Digital

Mariana Mechoso Safer, Senior Vice President, Marketing at HeBS Digital oversees all advertising, marketing and public relations. Ms. Saferís effective messaging along with a clear understanding of hoteliersí business needs has translated into many successful campaigns resulting in new business for the hotel digital marketing firm. Ms. Safer also opened and heads the HeBS Digital Las Vegas office, leading the team in the development and implementation of digital marketing strategies for HeBS Digital's accounts on the West Coast. Under her guidance, the team has tripled in four years and continues to grow. Ms. Safer frequently conducts industry research and publishes articles in major travel and hospitality publications. She is also a guest speaker and presenter at industry events and conferences, including EyeforTravelís Online Marketing Strategies for Travel. Ms. Safer's professional experience includes over ten years of work in the global travel and tourism industry. She has held travel management and group travel management positions in the United States, England, and Australia in leading hospitality and tourism companies, including STA Travel and world-renowned attractions such as the Westminster Abbey in London. Ms. Safer holds an M.S. degree in Travel and Tourism Management from New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management and graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA.

Ms. Mechoso Safer can be contacted at 702-463-1857 or mariana@hebsdigital.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.