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Ms. Beltran

Sandra Beltran

VP of Sales & Marketing, Prohotel International

Sandra Beltran joined Prohotel International in 1998, bringing with her over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Vice President, Ms. Beltran is responsible for the marketing and sales of Prohotel's International clients. She was integral in the concept creation and implementation at luxury boutique properties including La Pleta in Baqueira, Spain and Esencia and Ikal del Mar in Mexico's Riviera Maya.

Ms. Beltran was also charged with the creation of guest recognition and appreciation programs, which to date have increased the repeat guest factor from 50% to 70%. Ms. Beltran's other duties include conducting market research, as well as concept and feasibility studies to market clients to the luxury niche, heading up the public relations department, ensuring all Prohotel properties meet or exceed luxury standards and coordinating with advertising agencies to develop marketing materials.

Using her vast knowledge of internet marketing, Ms. Beltran creates and implements online marketing campaigns and promotions in conjunction with partner websites which have thus far resulted in a 15% increase in annual revenues.

Ms. Beltran is also a principal in a vineyard in Tupongato, Argentina by the name of Ikal1150. Her duties include promotion of the brand and distribution in the United States. Her passion for nature and all things natural has aided her in this venture. The vines are drip irrigated with the snow melt water from the neighboring Andes Mountains and no chemicals or pesticides are used during the bottling. For her, the wine and the hotels go hand in hand as they are both commodities that people can indulge in without the guilt.

Ms. Beltran received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Ms. Beltran can be contacted at 713-528-7862 or sbeltran@prohotels.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.