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Mr. Tall

Michael Tall

President & Chief Operating Officer, Charlestowne Hotels

Michael Tall joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2004 to provide guidance in marketing, e-commerce and revenue management initiatives. Since becoming co-owner of the company in 2008, he has made it a priority to recruit and hire the industry's top talent and to expand the company's client base. Under his leadership, Charlestowne Hotels' portfolio has doubled in size twice, with many hotels under the brand's umbrella receiving prestigious industry accolades including Travel + Leisure's Number 2 Hotel on the “Top 100 Hotels In the World” list and Number 1 and Number 15 on the Top 15 Hotels “Best City Hotels In the Continental United States” list, Conde Nast Traveler's “Gold List” and “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” TripAdvisor's Number 1 and Number 2 Luxury Hotel in the United States list, Smith Travel Research's “Best Performing Hotel in the US,” as well as other national media and travel industry honors. Previously, Mr. Tall worked for Rock Resorts (a subsidiary of Vail Resorts) as a corporate analyst as well as the director of revenue for the former Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage. He has also worked with companies such as The Savoy Group, Kiawah Island Resorts, and Xerox. Mr. Tall has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received his Master's Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Tall sits on the Board of Governors and serves as Travel Council Chair for the Charleston Visitor's Bureau. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities and a speaker and panelist at many hotel industry events including The Hunter Investment Conference, various BLLA conferences, The Lodging Conference, The STR Data Conference, and more.

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

Mr. Tall can be contacted at 843-972-1400 or info@charlestownehotels.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.