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Mr. Seigel

Bruce Seigel

Director of Sales & Marketing, The Ritz-Carlton Resorts, Naples

Bruce Seigel the Director of Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples Florida, started his hospitality managerial/leadership career over thirty years ago as a sales manager at the Pines Resort Hotel, in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. He became the General Manager in 1992. In 1996, he became the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Radisson Plaza Hotel Syracuse attached to the Onondaga Convention Center. He joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999, as Director of Sales and Marketing/Catering and Conference Services. In October of 2005, Mr. Seigel became The Director of Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, leading the sales and marketing efforts for both The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Mr. Seigel is a national “certified” speaker for The Ritz-Carlton Learning Institute, a division of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company that focuses on presenting The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award “legendary service” program to companies throughout the world. He is also a certified instructor for The Ritz-Carlton Sales School, an internal sales program, teaching sales professionals in the company throughout the world, the class entitled Sales Service and Skills Foundations. He also teaches a new four-hour course on “The Ritz-Carlton Customer and the Sales Organization.” Additionally, in 2013-2014 Bruce served as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University teaching hospitality sales and marketing. Mr. Seigel is a member of several leading industry organizations including a twenty-year member of HSMAI, MPI, The New York Society of Association Executives in New York, The Luxury Marketing Council and Sales and Marketing Executives International (SME). Mr. Seigel holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York.

Mr. Seigel can be contacted at 239-598-3300 or bruce.seigel@ritzcarlton.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.