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Ms. Zeidel

Robin Zeidel

Founder & Owner, Zeidel & Associates P.C.

Robin Zeidel is the founder and owner of Zeidel & Associates P.C. She handles a wide spectrum of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales and development and office and retail leasing, as well as construction, architectural, design and engineering projects. She also has extensive experience in the hospitality sector in particular and has handled numerous transactions involving hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants and spas on behalf of both owners and operators. Ms. Zeidel is a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, International Council of Shopping Centers and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Zeidel earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. Prior to founding the firm in 2010, for six years Ms. Zeidel held the position of Assistant General Counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. At Starwood Hotels Ms. Zeidel was responsible for all core real estate matters, including the purchase and sale of hotels and other holdings; architecture, design and construction projects such as hotel and spa development and construction; leasing transactions related to retail, spa and food and beverage outlets and all oversight for the company's North American corporate office leasing portfolio, including the company's headquarters relocation. During her tenure at Starwood, Ms. Zeidel was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Real Estate Committee. Ms. Zeidel began her legal career at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's New York office, and practiced real estate there and at other preeminent New York City firms, representing owners, developers, retailers, office tenants, lenders and borrowers in a broad variety of transactions. Ms. Zeidel graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and obtained her B.A. cum laude at Vassar College. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two children.

Ms. Zeidel can be contacted at 914-902-3333 or rzeidel@zeidellaw.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.