Robert Reitknecht

Hospitality Leader and Guest Experience Expert

Robert Reitknecht

A veteran customer loyalty professional and guest experience expert for over two decades, Robert has provided service-focused insights to a number of Fortune 100/500 companies while holding positions as General Manager, Director of Operations, Regional Human Resources Manager, and Director of Fitness Operations to name a few. He has worked primarily in the hospitality and guest relations verticals, crafting cultures of excellence by spearheading quality standard initiatives, process improvements and hands-on training and development programs. Throughout his career, Robert has held many customer-facing positions, working at the AvalonBay Communities; Town Sports International; Costco Wholesale, Inc.; and Dolce Hotels & Resorts, among other companies.

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Post-COVID Guest Experience: How Can Hotels Maintain a Personal Touch?

My perspective is that an authentic, personalised experience does not require touching the guest. It is true that we are accustomed to shaking hands, speaking in close proximity, and serving the guest items that one touches, but contact and proximity are not what guests remember when they complement the service of a hotel.

How Air Travel is Changing for Good - and for the Better

I recently made the decision to relocate back to my old stomping grounds of Connecticut and begin looking for a new career opportunity. I'd had a great run working at an ultra-luxury resort in Utah, where I was responsible for creating memorable experiences, inspiring strong guest and employee relationships, and collaborating with other guest experience leaders.

Training: The Key to Maintaining Guest Satisfaction with a Strained Hotel Staff

Hotels today are facing this major, prevalent problem: how do you maintain an unforgettable guest experience with a reduced and spread-thin staff? What can you do to get your guests to promote your brand during these difficult times while keeping staff morale up?With just a skeleton crew of employees and no hotel recruiter, the challenge seems immense.

The Rise of Chatbots in Hospitality for Revamping the Guest Experience

The rise of speech- and text-based assistants has hugely impacted the way customers want to communicate and be serviced by brands, especially in hospitality. In a 2018 study conducted by Humley, more than two-thirds of Americans said they would like to use chatbots to improve their online travel experience.

Expert Insights on Hospitality Practices During COVID-19

No industry is exempt from the distress caused by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). As advice from global health organizations and governments evolves on an hourly basis, particularly regarding travel bans and gathering restrictions, hospitality organizations are among the first to feel the impact of large-scale quarantine.
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