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Mr. Kovensky

Mike Kovensky

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Miami

Mike Kovensky grew up on Long Island, NY, where the winters escorted him to Florida State University. Upon graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, he headed South.

Starting his career with Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, he began his journey in Hotel Sales.  After 5 plus years of learning the Group market, and how to communicate without a "New York" accent, he relocated to Long Beach, California. While in Long Beach, he enhanced his knowledge within the Transient segments. From California, he relocated back to NYC and further strengthened his knowledge in the Business Travel/Leisure segments and reconfirm his dislike for the cold Winters.  After two years in NYC, he relocated to Orlando getting back to working in Hotels in which the Group segment was the main audience. While in Orlando, he continued to work for Hilton, and then moving onto leadership opportunities within Wyndham and LXR.

After 17 years in Orlando, he explored a more balanced lifestyle in South Florida and assumed the role of Director of Sales & Marketing for the InterContinental Miami. Approaching 7 years at InterContinental, Mr. Kovensky has been able to lean on his varied experience over the years and contribute to a strong producing Sales team, while growing market share by more than 15% over the last 6 years.  

Mr. Kovensky currently resides in Delray Beach and treasures his Sirius radio for the long commute, in addition to his weekends spent with family, including 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren along with an unbelievably patient wife.

 


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

Mr. Kovensky can be contacted at 305-577-1000 or mike.kovensky@ihg.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.