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Mr. Bennett

Victor Bennett

Chief Operating Officer, Suite Spa

Victor Bennett is COO of Suite Spa, which provides spa services for high end hotels throughout Manhattan and Washington DC. Mr. Bennett has been in the spa industry for 30 years and launched Suite Spa by accident in 2008 when a concept he and Mrs. Bennett invented hit the front page of USA Today. At the time they were running Vasaio Life Spa, their medical spa and were asked by the new JW Marriott, Grand Rapids to provide spa services for their guests. Because there was only one spa room built out, the Bennett's invented a spa cart that brought the world class spa to the guest's room. Massage table, facial steamer, nail table, hot towel cabbie, hot stone tray, pedi bowl, lighting and sound system deck out the cart and one plug powers it all! Facials, hot stone therapy, massage, wraps, nail sand body services can be performed wherever you can go with the cart. “Take your spa anywhere” and “redefining room service” are Suite Spa's taglines. Today, the cart is patented and is the only full service mobile spa experience. Suite Spa is a preferred vendor for Hyatt, yet they have had relationships with Marriott and Independents as well. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have been married for 31 years, have four grown daughters and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Please visit www.suitespa.net for more information.

Mr. Bennett can be contacted at 616-481-3349 or victor@suitespa.net

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.