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Mr. Premack

Ben Premack

Director of Sales, Marketing and Events, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Ben Premack is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. An experienced hospitality professional with 13 years in the travel industry, Mr. Premack brings to the LEED EBOM certified resort strong leadership, analytical skills and a history of sales and marketing successes throughout the industry. At Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Mr. Premack oversees the sales and marketing team and initiatives and is a member of the executive committee charged with managing operations across the resort. Mr. Premack began his career with Hyatt in 2003 at Hyatt Regency Bethesda and worked as an Assistant Front Office Manager before being promoted to Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. There, he found his niche in sales and didn't look back. A seasoned Hyatt ambassador, Mr. Premack pre-opened Grand Hyatt San Antonio in 2007, and then served as the Associate Director of Sales at Grand Hyatt Seattle/Hyatt at Olive 8 as well as Grand Hyatt Washington D.C. He was then named Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia in 2010 prior to his most recent position at the Grand Hyatt DFW. Mr. Premack has received numerous honors and awards for his achievements in hospitality, including the 2014 Sales Team of the Year at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, 2014 Hyatt “Markie” Marketing Award Nominee, 2012 and 2015 Hyatt “Markie” Marketing Award Winner, 2012 Director of Sales of the Year Nominee, 2012 Sales Team of the Year Nominee at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, and the 2010 Sales Team of the Year Nominee at Grand Hyatt Washington, among others.

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Mr. Premack can be contacted at 808-661-1234 or ben.premack@hyatt.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.