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Mr. Goldberg

Leon Goldberg

Complex Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton New York Times Square and New York Marriott Marquis

Leon Goldberg was promoted to Complex Director of Sales and Marketing for both the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and the New York Marriott Marquis in April 2017. Mr. Goldberg brings more than 25 years of hotel industry experience to the Sheraton New York Times Square, the third-largest hotel in New York City. He has been the Director of Sales and Marketing at the New York Marriott Marquis for 10 years. In his new role, Mr. Goldberg will develop, implement and lead sales and marketing strategy for both the New York Marriott Marquis and the Sheraton New York Times Square hotels. Mr. Goldberg's extensive hospitality career started on the west coast as the Sales Manager at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, before becoming the Director of Convention Sales at the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau. He then moved to the east coast to the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he started out on the sales team and later was promoted to Director of Sales for Groups and Conventions. His experience also includes serving as Director of Sales & Marketing for the (former) Rihga Royal, a JW Marriott Hotel and luxury all-suite property in New York City, as well as Director of Sales & Marketing at the San Francisco Marriott. During his 25-year career in hospitality, Mr. Goldberg has received accolades including Sales and Marketing Leader of the Year for Marriott International, Sales Team of the Year, Presidents Circle Awardee (multiple times) and HSMAI New York Chapter Hotel Marketer of the Year (2013). Mr. Goldberg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Management from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended the School of Business at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, and the Hotelconsult, in Brig, Switzerland. Mr. Goldberg was born in South Africa and speaks Dutch, Spanish and French. He lives in Westchester County with his wife and two daughters.

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

Mr. Goldberg can be contacted at 212-581-1000 or leon.goldberg@marriott.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.