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Doug Kennedy

Doug Kennedy
Doug Kennedy is the president of the Kennedy Training Network.

Are you giving your guests enough RevPAH?

As I often say in my hospitality workshops, we in the hotel industry are in a very unique business of selling space and time, so we had better be REALLY good at the intangibles. Although we charge them for rooms, the guests are buying an overall experience that is made up mostly of human interactions. With hotel brands so quickly …

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Why do our rates change? We discount when it’s slower!

Every day your hotel sales, reservations and front desk colleagues are fielding questions from both prospects and guests regarding why it is that the rates are so much higher during certain periods as compared to other dates. For convention hotels, the question might be “Why are the rates so much higher in mid-October than July?” For the catering sales manager …

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Use video email to outsell the competition

Based on what I hear from the hotel sales and catering sales managers I train each month, the vast majority of inquiries for groups, meetings, conferences and catering events are being received electronically. Some come in via direct email; others arrive after a planner completes a “contact us” inquiry form at the hotel’s website. Most, however, arrive via third party …

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Conquering complaints™: part two

With the proliferation of online guest reviews and social media postings, training all your guest contact colleagues to properly respond to guest complaints is more important than ever before in the history of the lodging industry. As we explored in part one of this series, the first step in conquering complaints is to understand their root causes.  Last month we …

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A complaint is like a carrot…

Recently I was asked by a long-term client to offer a training module specific to handing guest complaints.  Now I’ve always covered service recovery as part of my existing hospitality excellence training, focusing on using proactive hospitality and anticipating needs in order to avoid complaints before the occur. However, this resort client’s staff had already been through that many times …

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Focus less on latest amenities, more on guest relations

According to the J.D. Power 2016 North America Guest Satisfaction Index, the hotel industry may be reaching a customer satisfaction plateau as hotel guests come to expect amenities that used to be special perks, such as free wifi, complimentary breakfast and premium bed linens.

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One task every GM should do right now to increase group sales revenues

With group demand growth having levelled off or declined in most hotel markets, general managers and directors of sales are looking for ways to capture more of the market share of the business that is still out there. As I have explored many of my previous articles, the hotel sales environment has changed dramatically in recent years, yet hotel sales …

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Train your staff when to ask guests for online reviews

As an insider to the business side of the hotel industry, I certainly understand how important online guest reviews are to financial performance. While having positive customer feedback is vital to any business, it is especially important for a service business that is selling an intangible experience such as a hotel stay. Yet, as a guest, I find that when …

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