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Mr. Lustig

Ronald M. Lustig

Design Architect/Principal, Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (ESa)

Ronald M. Lustig, AIA, ISHC, EDAC, LEED Green Associate is Design Architect/Principal of Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (ESa), an architectural firm of which he has been a member for 37 years. He has extensive experience in the design of hospitality venues, convention centers, resorts, spas and entertainment venues across the country and abroad. A few of the notable lodging property projects in which he has been involved include The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA; Malliouhana Hotel Spa, Meads Bay, Anguilla, British West Indies; The Broadmoor Hotel renovation and Spa, Colorado Springs, CO; the Jumeirah Talise Wellness Resort, Dubai, UAE; the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, TN as well as Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and Westin hotels. He has also worked on several freestanding conference centers. His diverse portfolio also includes experience in the design and master planning of healthcare facilities, corporate office buildings and retail. He served as 2000-20001 chairman of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and is past president, treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. He serves on the Design Committee of the Global Hotel Network. Mr. Lustig often serves as a speaker at hospitality related conferences and events across the country. He served as featured speaker of the Central America Tourism & Hotel Investment Exchange Conference (CATHIE) in Managua, Nicaragua in 2009.

Mr. Lustig can be contacted at 615.-329-9445 or ronl@esarch.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.