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Mr. Kofsky

Michael Kofsky

Director of Sales & Marketing, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Michael Kofsky has been with Hyatt Hotels for over ten years sharing his expertise in hospitality and proven dedication to the renowned brand at several destinations throughout the country. Mr. Kofsky has worked with Hyatt Regency Tampa, Hyatt Regency Denver, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and most recently in Southern California, where he joined the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego team as the Director of Sales and Marketing in early 2010. Mr. Kofsky has consistently been recognized for his excellence and has been nominated as “Director of Sales of the Year” and his team was nominated as the “Sales Team of the Year.” He has also served on the Hyatt Sales Advisory and Customer Advisory Boards. Since joining the iconic San Diego hotel, Mr. Kofsky has assisted in managing the hotel's extensive multimillion dollar transformation beginning in 2012, one of the largest hotel renovations in Southern California. Leading a sales team consisting of 29 colleagues, Mr. Kofsky is responsible for overseeing varying aspects of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, including revenue forecasting, developing business plans, and owner relations. Additionally, Mr. Kofsky's other accountabilities include the recruitment and hiring of the hotel's sales team, training, managing and coaching sales managers in their selling process in order to meet company goals and maximize hotel revenues, business analysis, and community relations for the 125,000 sq ft., 1,628 room property.

Mr. Kofsky can be contacted at 619-232-1234 or michael.kofsky@hyatt.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.