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Ms. Beltran

Sandra Beltran

VP of Sales & Marketing, Prohotel International

Sandra Beltran joined Prohotel International in 1998, bringing with her over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Vice President, Ms. Beltran is responsible for the marketing and sales of Prohotel's International clients. She was integral in the concept creation and implementation at luxury boutique properties including La Pleta in Baqueira, Spain and Esencia and Ikal del Mar in Mexico's Riviera Maya.

Ms. Beltran was also charged with the creation of guest recognition and appreciation programs, which to date have increased the repeat guest factor from 50% to 70%. Ms. Beltran's other duties include conducting market research, as well as concept and feasibility studies to market clients to the luxury niche, heading up the public relations department, ensuring all Prohotel properties meet or exceed luxury standards and coordinating with advertising agencies to develop marketing materials.

Using her vast knowledge of internet marketing, Ms. Beltran creates and implements online marketing campaigns and promotions in conjunction with partner websites which have thus far resulted in a 15% increase in annual revenues.

Ms. Beltran is also a principal in a vineyard in Tupongato, Argentina by the name of Ikal1150. Her duties include promotion of the brand and distribution in the United States. Her passion for nature and all things natural has aided her in this venture. The vines are drip irrigated with the snow melt water from the neighboring Andes Mountains and no chemicals or pesticides are used during the bottling. For her, the wine and the hotels go hand in hand as they are both commodities that people can indulge in without the guilt.

Ms. Beltran received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Ms. Beltran can be contacted at 713-528-7862 or sbeltran@prohotels.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.