Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Rose

Norm Rose

President, Travel Tech Consulting, Inc.

For nearly two decades, Norm Rose has been an analyst and consultant focused on emerging technologies and how they impact business practices in the travel industry. He has an extensive background in online, corporate, hospitality and leisure travel-related technology. Mr. Rose is renowned for his travel technology expertise, particularly his analysis of the impact of emerging trends such mobile and social media. Mr. Rose leads Travel Tech Consulting, Inc., a firm that specializes in developing e-commerce and procurement strategies for all types of travel related technology. This includes deep knowledge of technologies used for reservations, distribution, and marketing. Mr. Rose has been is also an analyst with PhoCusWright and is the author of numerous publications and articles including PhoCusWright’s Mobile: The Next Platform for Travel and PhoCusWright and Travel Tech Consulting’s: Corporate Travel Technology Today and Tomorrow. From 1982-1988, he held sales and marketing management positions at United Airlines and from 1989 to 1995, Mr. Rose was corporate travel manager for Sun Microsystems. At Sun, he worked with a number of third-party developers creating software for the business travel market. This included early prototypes of self-booking tools and expense management systems. Mr. Rose holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Rose can be contacted at 650-345-8510 or norm@traveltechnology.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.