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Mr. Morris

Brian Morris

Director of Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Brian Morris is a successful hospitality veteran who prior to his current position, spent 25-years with Hyatt Hotels in seven locations such as Indian Wells CA, Maui Hawaii, Seattle WA, Phoenix AZ, Wichita and Kansas City KS, St Louis MO and Century City CA.

Mr. Morris began his career in Food and Beverage then went on to Rooms operations before getting into Sales & Marketing where he has spent the last 12 years in Sales & Marketing leadership. During his tenure with Hyatt, he is a 2-time DOSM of the Year Nominee, Sales Team of the Year winner, and Business Travel Team of the Year Winner.

Throughout his career, Mr. Morris has demonstrated success and achievement in growing sales and improving bottom line margins. He brings to the hotel progressive experience in driving revenues, budgeting and forecasting, trend analysis, change initiatives, hotel repositioning, market research and analytics as well as sales management and training, product marketing (PR & social media), and P&L management.

In Kansas City, his successful track record in driving 3 straight record years at the complex has helped shape the mission of showcasing the one-stop shopping for meetings of all sizes and experiences with 180,000 square feet at the hotel complex. His public relations experience, including work with social media channels, will help keep our sales team at the front of all the vehicles we have to continue to raise that awareness.

On his off time, Mr. Morris loves spending time with his wife Jean and two children (Connor 15 & Abby 12). He also enjoys playing golf and is an avid drummer.

Please visit http://jwsanantonio.com for more information.

Mr. Morris can be contacted at 210-276-2500 or brian.morris@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.