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Mr. Hess

John Hess

Director of Sales & Marketing, Omni Bedford Springs Resort

John Hess is a talented sales professional with extensive experience in leading a multitude of resorts along the east coast of the United States. Mr. Hess joins Omni Bedford Springs Resort as director of sales and marketing. I

n this role, he is tasked with overseeing the resort sales team and developing innovative strategies to increase revenues and drive business, with a focus on group clientele.

Mr. Hess arrived from nearby Seven Springs Mountain Resort, where he was the director of sales for the past five years. In years prior, he held key sales management positions at properties in the mid-Atlantic, including director of sales at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in Snowshoe, W.Va.; general manager / director of sales at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center in Huddleston, Va.; and director of sales at Wintergreen Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Mr. Hess made his debut in hospitality sales in 2002 as the corporate sales manager of Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Va. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., He also holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Richmond.

Mr. Hess is committed to staying active and involved in industry and community affairs. Mr. Hess has previously served as mayor of the Rockwood Borough in Pennsylvania from 2013 to 2015, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism Board from 2014 to 2015.

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

Mr. Hess can be contacted at 814-623-8100 or jhess@omnihotels.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.