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Mr. Kofsky

Michael Kofsky

Director of Sales & Marketing, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Michael Kofsky has been with Hyatt Hotels for over ten years sharing his expertise in hospitality and proven dedication to the renowned brand at several destinations throughout the country. Mr. Kofsky has worked with Hyatt Regency Tampa, Hyatt Regency Denver, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and most recently in Southern California, where he joined the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego team as the Director of Sales and Marketing in early 2010. Mr. Kofsky has consistently been recognized for his excellence and has been nominated as “Director of Sales of the Year” and his team was nominated as the “Sales Team of the Year.” He has also served on the Hyatt Sales Advisory and Customer Advisory Boards. Since joining the iconic San Diego hotel, Mr. Kofsky has assisted in managing the hotel’s extensive multimillion dollar transformation beginning in 2012, one of the largest hotel renovations in Southern California. Leading a sales team consisting of 29 colleagues, Mr. Kofsky is responsible for overseeing varying aspects of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, including revenue forecasting, developing business plans, and owner relations. Additionally, Mr. Kofsky’s other accountabilities include the recruitment and hiring of the hotel’s sales team, training, managing and coaching sales managers in their selling process in order to meet company goals and maximize hotel revenues, business analysis, and community relations for the 125, 000 sq ft., 1, 628 room property.

Mr. Kofsky can be contacted at 619-232-1234 or michael.kofsky@hyatt.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.