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Mr. Hugh

Phil Hugh

Chief Development Officer, Red Roof

Phil Hugh brings almost 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the position. Previously he was Executive Vice President, Worldwide Franchise Sales, Realogy Franchise Group in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Mr. Hugh graduated from Allegheny College and has had a series of notable industry leadership roles throughout his career. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Franchise Sales with Realogy Franchise Group, he led strategic development as President and Chief Executive Officer of Development Opportunity Corporation where he was responsible for daily operations, acquisitions and new development for hotel, commercial and mixed-use facilities.

Mr. Hugh also held senior roles with Cendant Corporation and HFS, serving as Senior Vice President, North American Development, Wingate Inns International, and Regional Vice President with Coldwell Banker Franchise Development, respectively.

Mr. Hugh is now the Chief Development Officer at Red Roof, an award-winning leader in the lodging industry with franchises, corporate managed and corporate owned properties, recognized for creating the innovative Upscale Economy® segment serving millions of guests each year.

With coast-to-coast locations, Red Roof has over 600 properties in the U.S. and has expanded internationally to Brazil, Canada and Japan. Whether business or leisure, short trips or extended stays, in the hearts of cities or on the road, Red Roof has a property for every traveler, delivering an enhanced experience at a value price.

Mr. Hugh has joined a team that has a simple top priority: Provide true value to our guests and franchises without sacrificing quality. As veterans of the hotel and hospitality industries, our experience ensures Red Roof is consistently focused on the success of each and every property.

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

Mr. Hugh can be contacted at +1 305-443-5454 or phugh@redroof.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.