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Mr. Albarran

Marco Albarran

Managing Director, Remarkable Hospitality, Inc.

Marco Albarran is the founder and president of Remarkable Hospitality, Inc., an international consulting, training and educational firm that specializes in assisting hospitality companies to perform successfully by developing and continuously improving service standards. He also serves as a hospitality instructor and subject matter expert for various universities. Mr. Albarran has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a focus on service, quality assurance, and education/training. Mr. Albarran's passion for delivering value and quality to his clients and students is a very important aspect of what he believes in, which is simply that, providing elite customer service in a timely manner is the way to create a true loyal base, which in turn, will convert into long lasting relationships and improve bottom lines. Before launching Remarkable Hospitality, Inc., Mr. Albarran was with HVS International, working on national and international consulting projects, including market and feasibility studies for proposed and existing lodging facilities. Prior to this, he was the Academic Program Director for Hospitality Management for Florida Metropolitan University, a subsidiary of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Mr. Albarran has also worked with various hotel management companies and quality assurance companies, focusing on service analysis, management and consulting. Mr. Albarran was born in Mexico City and moved to Puerto Rico at a young age. He started working in the family real estate business at age 14 (including a restaurant under the portfolio), assisting with various entry-level operational roles. That experience, coupled with having had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world, developed an interest in the hospitality and tourism industry, specifically in the service area of the business. This led him to study Hospitality Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, where Marco earned an MBA with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. He is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Mr. Albarran can be contacted at 561-542-6326 or malbarran@remarkablehospitality.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.