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Mr. Ross

Sam Ross

Executive Director , Visit Carlsbad

Sam Ross was hired in 2009 as the Executive Director for Visit Carlsbad, the official destination marketing organization for Carlsbad, California. Visit Carlsbad is a non-profit organization created to market Carlsbad as a premier travel destination in Southern California and to increase the City's share of tourism-related revenues. Mr. Ross is responsible for implementing Visit Carlsbad's business and marketing plans and defines the marketing strategies for Carlsbad's growing tourism industry. This includes maintaining partnerships with local hotels and attractions. Mr. Ross also serves as key spokesperson for Carlsbad's tourism industry. Prior to joining Visit Carlsbad, Mr. Ross was employed in the tourism industry with the San Diego CVB and Denver Metro CVB. His earlier employment was with Rapp Collins Marco in Boston as an account executive, DiZinno Thompson Advertising and Phillips-Ramsey Advertising both located in San Diego, CA. Mr. Ross was born in 1964 in Cocoa Beach, FL., and in 1977 he and his family moved to Brussels Belgium where he attended and graduated from the International School of Brussels in 1983. Mr. Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications and advertising from the University of South Florida. Mr. Ross is a resident of Carlsbad, a board member for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. He is also a member of Rotary International.

Please visit http://www.visitcarlsbad.com for more information.

Mr. Ross can be contacted at 760-434-6093 or samr@visitcarlsbad.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.