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Mr. Martin

Ken Martin

Hospitality Expert, DLR Group

Ken Martin, Hospitality Expert with DLR Group, draws on his 25 year experience in design, planning, and management to provide leadership on a wide range of complex large scale hotel projects. Mr. Martin combines his passion for design and his collaborative style and approach to ensure that all user groups and members of the project team, beginning with the owner's representatives, will have input on the total facility design and functionality. He enjoys integrating changing technologies and guest travel trends into projects to stay on the edge of hospitality innovation. His passion and focus to deliver the best guest experience has led him to be successful in developing numerous world-class memorable experiences to owners, developers, brands and guests to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. Mr. Martin is DLR Group's national hospitality design expert. In this role he is a frequent traveler, which he parlays into research for his next hotel design. This opportunity to be the end user has helped shape Mr. Martin's definition of the definitive guest experience. Mr. Martin has worked with municipalities, owners, hotel flags and development groups to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. He ensures all user groups have input on the facility design and functionality. Mr. Martin led the planning and design of the Overland Park Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel, an award-winning facility that has earned both regional and national recognition for its design excellence and continues to be a staple of revenue generation for this suburban community. His projects include the Tucson Hotel and Convention Center design, HYATT House in San Jose, and the Overton Hotel & Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas.

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

Mr. Martin can be contacted at 913-897-7811 or kmartin@dlrgroup.com

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.