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Mr. Sweiger

Dan Sweiger

Senior Director, Brand Strategy, Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Dan Sweiger is senior director of brand strategy for the Quality Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands at Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH), one of the world's largest hotel franchisors. In this position, Mr. Sweiger develops and executes strategic plans to ensure that the product and service attributes of these brands meet the current and evolving needs of guests, are aligned with marketing and franchise services strategies, support development efforts, and provide a compelling return on investment for the company's franchisees. Mr. Sweiger joined Choice in 2009 from InterContinental Hotels Group, where he worked on domestic and global brand management for the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands. He also has over a decade of experience in consumer packaged goods with Sara Lee, Kellogg's, and Pillsbury. Mr. Sweiger holds a master's degree in business administration from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Sweiger can be contacted at 301-592-5190 or Dan_Sweiger@choicehotels.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. 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.