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Mr. Lund

David Lund

Hospitality & Leadership Expert, The Hotel Financial Coach

David Lund is The Hotel Financial Coach, an international hospitality financial leadership expert. He has held positions as a Regional Financial Controller, Corporate Director and Hotel Manager with an international brand for over 30 years in Canada and the US.   Mr. Lund has personally reviewed thousands of budgets, forecasts, month end reports and commentaries. He has managed hotels with combined incomes of hundreds of millions and assets of more than a billion dollars. Throughout his career, David has combined his hotel business knowledge and communication skills to create strong financial teams and break with traditional accounting stereotypes. He believes that all hospitality leaders have the financial skills and talents and he works to see these talents come alive.   Mr. Lund authored an award-winning workshop on Hospitality Financial Leadership and has delivered this workshop and other workshops he has developed to hundreds of hotel managers. He coaches hospitality executives one on one and he delivers his Financial Leadership Workshops to hospitality teams throughout the world. Mr. Lund's workshops and coaching directly help hotels increase profits and build financially engaged management teams. Mr. Lund speaks at hospitality company meetings, hotel associations, and industry events on the subject of Financial Leadership. He has had several articles published in hotel trade magazines and he is the author of three books on Financial Leadership. Mr. Lund is a Certified Hotel Accounting Executive through The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association, HFTP and a Certified Professional Coach who received his coaches training and certification through the Coaches Training Institute, CTI.    Mr. Lund is based in Corona Del Mar, California where he lives with his wife Johanne who is also a hospitality financial consultant. Mr. Lund is a graduate of the Hospitality Management program at the New Brunswick College. Please visit http://hotelfinancialcoach.com/freecall/ for more information.

Mr. Lund can be contacted at 949-791-2739 or david@hotelfinancialcoach.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.