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Mr. Weiler

Scott Weiler

Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Scott Weiler joined Sonesta International Hotels Corporation in December, 2013 as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Sonesta Hotels. He is responsible for managing brand development, advertising, ecommerce, Sonesta Travel Pass guest loyalty program, research and public relations for the company's growing collection of global brands with more than 60 properties in seven countries, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection, all focused on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. Mr. Weiler has more than 25 years of experience, and has been consistently focused on engaging customers through innovative and highly relevant marketing programs in the retail and travel industries. His marketing roots are in 1-to-1 marketing, and he has overseen more than 20 million customer and guest relationships over his career. Prior to joining Sonesta, Mr. Weiler was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Vantage Deluxe Travel, where he was responsible for marketing to past and prospective travelers, database and business intelligence and creative process and PR. He has also served as a strategic marketing consultant for Lindblad Expeditions where he evaluated the marketing model and developed specific growth opportunities. His extensive marketing career also includes senior leadership roles with Eddie Bauer, Spiegel, Bluestem Brands and Target. He is a founding member of the Marketing Leadership Council and an active member of the American Marketing Association. Mr. Weiler graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Psychology.

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

Mr. Weiler can be contacted at 617-421-5400 or sweiler@sonesta.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.