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Mr. Sullivan

Jonathan Sullivan

Senior Manager of Operations, Beverage & Food, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort

Captivated by The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club for its artistic spirit and diverse offerings, Jonathan Sullivan serves as the senior manager of operations for beverage and food, where he has enhanced the customer interaction with his commitment to the service experience.

Mr. Sullivan oversees all eight beverage and food outlets and the Renaissance Brand RLife Live Programming for The Vinoy. Graduating from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, Mr. Sullivan has gained extensive knowledge in business management, which adds to his valued role with The Vinoy.

Mr. Sullivan brings more than eight years of expertise in delivering extraordinary guest experiences and satisfaction, along with a vast knowledge of the meetings and events industry. He is known for thriving in dynamic and high-pressure environments and increasing profits and covers while simultaneously providing positive leadership to his team.

Serving as a member of Marriott's Training and Recruiting Cadre, Mr. Sullivan's knowledge stems from his previous roles within the company as director of event service at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. In addition, he gained noteworthy experience as director of event operations at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis Tenn. and later promoted to director of event planning and operations where he was a champion for local catering and maximizing the use of hotel inventory.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 727-894-1000 or jonathan.sullivan@marriott.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.