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Mr. Mueller

Markus Mueller

Vice President Global Sales, Worldhotels

Markus Mueller is a sales expert with extensive experience working with hotel groups and chains and considerable international experience. Most recently before joining Worldhotels, Mr. Mueller was Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He was responsible for all aspects of brand marketing and sales for 18 new hotel projects and eight operating hotels. He has also served as Head of Brand Relaunch at InterContinentalHotels Group, where he managed a global brand relaunch for 126 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Asia Pacific. Having held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at several hotels, he has experienced firsthand what support hotels need in their efforts to drive local and global sales. Mr. Mueller holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK. Worldhotels announced Mr. Mueller's new position during the Annual Conference in January 2015 as part of a stronger sales focus for the group. In this role, Mr. Mueller works closely with Worldhotels' global sales teams to develop new strategies as well as maximize all current sales efforts. Mr. Mueller also oversees the group's ‘Check 5' programme, a bundle of initiatives designed to help Worldhotels' affiliate hotels build their sales intelligence. He is based in the group's head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Mueller is a German national, but has lived and worked in many cities around the world, including Singapore, London, New Delhi, and Aruba. Please visit www.worldhotels.com for more information.

Mr. Mueller can be contacted at 49 69 66056 259 or mmueller@worldhotels.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.