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Ms. Lutz

Didi Lutz

President, Didi Lutz PR

Didi Lutz is an internationally acclaimed hospitality public relations professional specializing in boutique hotels, luxury travel, destination and tourism communications. Prior to starting her own business in February 2005, Ms. Lutz was the Director of Communications for the Hotel Commonwealth, a 150-room luxury property in Boston. Within the first year of the Hotel Commonwealth's opening, she established the media relationship that led to worldwide recognition for the property as one of Ten Best New Business Hotels by Forbes.com. After starting her own consulting practice in 2005, Ms. Lutz expanded her client list. She worked with the historic Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket, and opened the boutique Hotel Providence in Rhode Island's theatre and entertainment district, along with the property's restaurant. Ms. Lutz has worked on various other destination marketing initiatives, including executing a media relations plan for the Provincetown Office of Tourism in cooperation with a Boston-based public relations agency. Her reputation expanded internationally when she started working with the four-star boutique Hotel Heritage in the charming historic city of Bruges in Belgium, and the Zacosta Villa Hotel in Rhodes, Greece. Ms. Lutz has also worked on lifestyle consumer campaigns including Snip-its, the fastest growing children's salon in the nation, which won a Bellringer Award for Best Consumer campaign by the Publicity Club of New England in 2009. Most recently, she assisted in the media relations campaign for the US launch of the luxurious Hotel Chocolat in Boston's Newbury Street.

Ms. Lutz can be contacted at 561-628-7422 or didi.lutz@gmail.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.