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Ms. Fox

Amber Fox

National Director of Sales, Signature Worldwide

Currently with Signature Worldwide as National Director of Sales with over 20 years of hospitality sales and marketing experience, Amber Fox is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with hospitality organizations throughout the United States. She serves as a respected consultant to her hospitality clients, offering suggestions to increase revenue and improve guest loyalty through training and business solutions. Ms. Fox specializes in sales training programs for the hospitality industry and has worked with sales leaders to identify key objectives and create plans to help reach their goals. She has developed classes and presentations on such topics as social media prospecting, business writing, and networking for profit. Prior to joining Signature, Ms. Fox has held positions at hotel brand management company and property levels in sales and marketing. While in these positions, Ms. Fox successfully planned and implemented the marketing for new hotel openings, was a successful sales leader of hotel Directors of Sales and Sales Managers, helped under performing properties increase revenue, and provided sales and marketing support to hundreds of hotels. She also helped develop and manage a sales and marketing program for a new brand. Ms. Fox holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University. She has served as President of the Ohio Chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association. She writes hospitality and training related articles and is a frequent speaker for many hospitality organizations and associations. She lives in Georgia when not traveling around the country to meet with hospitality organizations.

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

Ms. Fox can be contacted at 614-734-2813 or amberfox@signatureworldwide.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.