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Mr. Kelley

Chuck Kelley

Partner, Cayuga Hospitality Consultants, LLC

Chuck Kelley spent 32 years with Marriott International, beginning as an Assistant Restaurant Manager and worked his way up to Executive Vice President responsible for Marriott's Caribbean/Latin America Region. During his tenure the region doubled to 53 operating hotels and a confirmed pipeline of over 20 new hotels.

Along the way Mr. Kelley held positions as Director of Restaurants, Director of Marketing, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, General Manager and Country Manager Australia. With extensive experience in both the domestic US market and international experience in Asia/Pacific and Caribbean/Latin America he is familiar with a wide range of markets and capable of succeeding in challenging environments.

Mr. Kelley has an in-depth knowledge of hotel operations; how they function properly to deliver customer satisfaction, brand integrity, market share premiums and healthy cash flow. His knowledge of organizational alignment and hotel positioning will help any hotel function efficiently and maximize performance vs. their market competitors. He has also performed as an expert witness and depending on the situation represented both the brand and ownership.

Mr. Kelley is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, with a BS in Travel and Tourism Management. He is a prior member of the Baptist Health South International Advisory Board and previously served as Chairman of the Caribbean Hotel and Airline Forum for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association. He served with distinction in the US Army in Vietnam having earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor in combat.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuck-kelley-a77b216/

Mr. Kelley can be contacted at +1 954-648-0549 or kelleychuck33@gmail.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.