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Mr. Albarran

Marco Albarran

Managing Director, Remarkable Hospitality, Inc.

Marco Albarran is the founder and president of Remarkable Hospitality, Inc., an international consulting, training and educational firm that specializes in assisting hospitality companies to perform successfully by developing and continuously improving service standards. He also serves as a hospitality instructor and subject matter expert for various universities. Mr. Albarran has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a focus on service, quality assurance, and education/training. Mr. Albarran's passion for delivering value and quality to his clients and students is a very important aspect of what he believes in, which is simply that, providing elite customer service in a timely manner is the way to create a true loyal base, which in turn, will convert into long lasting relationships and improve bottom lines. Before launching Remarkable Hospitality, Inc., Mr. Albarran was with HVS International, working on national and international consulting projects, including market and feasibility studies for proposed and existing lodging facilities. Prior to this, he was the Academic Program Director for Hospitality Management for Florida Metropolitan University, a subsidiary of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Mr. Albarran has also worked with various hotel management companies and quality assurance companies, focusing on service analysis, management and consulting. Mr. Albarran was born in Mexico City and moved to Puerto Rico at a young age. He started working in the family real estate business at age 14 (including a restaurant under the portfolio), assisting with various entry-level operational roles. That experience, coupled with having had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world, developed an interest in the hospitality and tourism industry, specifically in the service area of the business. This led him to study Hospitality Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, where Marco earned an MBA with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. He is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Mr. Albarran can be contacted at 561-542-6326 or malbarran@remarkablehospitality.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.