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Mr. Roberts

Alan Roberts

Global Head, Embassy Suites by Hilton

Alan Roberts, Global Head Embassy Suites by Hilton, serves as the chief strategist and champion for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Brand. His focus is on the areas of product and service positioning standards, unit distribution strategies and ownership relations. This Global Head is responsible for achieving operational excellence, ensuring that systems, policies and programs are in place to support the brand direction in alignment with the guiding principles of Hilton.

Ultimately, Mr. Roberts is responsible for brand growth and development. He strives to drive profitability and further the expansion of the Embassy Suites portfolio. He was named to his current role in 2016.

A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Roberts has served in a wide array of capacities, from porter to front office manager, director of sales and general manager, encompassing guest-facing and operational expertise. He started his career with Hilton in 2004 when he joined the Brand Performance & Sales Support team with Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) where he started as a Director. He also served as Sr. Director with this team and culminated his time with HGI as Vice President, Brand Performance and Sales Support.

Mr. Roberts joined the Embassy Suites by Hilton brand in 2013 as Vice President of Brand Performance Support where he served until being promoted to his current position. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Hospitality Management. After graduating, he worked for several hotels in the Asheville and Charlotte, NC markets, going on to eventually become the general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn - Charlotte Uptown. Before joining the Hilton Garden Inn brand team, he worked at Panos Hotel Group, overseeing the operations of a 12-hotel portfolio in a regional capacity.

Mr. Roberts can be contacted at 703-883-1000 or alan.roberts@hilton.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.