Provide prompt, courteous and efficient handling of all requests for guest room reservations, changes, cancellations and information.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Maintain complete knowledge of and comply with all departmental policies/service procedures/standards.
Maintain complete knowledge of correct maintenance and use of equipment.
Use equipment only as intended.
Anticipate guests’ needs, respond promptly and acknowledge all guests, however busy and whatever time of day.
Maintain positive guest relations at all times.
Resolve guest complaints, ensuring guest satisfaction.
Monitor and maintain cleanliness, sanitation and organization of assigned work areas.
Maintain complete knowledge of:
All hotel facilities/services, hours of operation.
All guest room layouts, bed types, decor, appointments and locations.
Room availability for any given day.
Restricted dates, rates and room types.
All room rates, packages and promotions.
Specific arrangements between hotel and travel agencies, corporate reservations center.
Entertainment/special events scheduled in the hotel.
Access all functions of the computer system.
Set up workstation with necessary supplies and resource materials.
Answer telephone calls within 3 rings, using correct salutations and telephone etiquette.
Process all reservation requests, changes and cancellations received by phone, fax, telex, mail, internally and through corporate reservations center or travel agencies.
Ascertain callers' needs through open-ended questions.
Describe room accommodations and all amenities.
Obtain all designated information to book a reservation.
Accommodate special requests and designate such in system.
Access guest history records to best service guests; maintain accurate information in guest history files.
Maximize rate for all reservations.
Promote and sell holiday and other packages to callers requesting reservations on designated dates.
Assist callers with dining room reservations and amenity orders.
Suggest alternate dates for sold-out dates.
Explain guarantee and cancellation policies to callers; assign confirmation/cancellation numbers and relay such to caller.
Relay accurate information on transportation arrangements from airport to hotel; input and document such requests.
Set up proper billing accounts (i.e., room/tax/incidentals, tax exempt, direct/special billing) and process advance deposits.
Verify all reservation information with caller to ensure accuracy.
Input correct information into proper fields to inform other departments of pertinent information (i.e., flags, comments, guest message).
Document all information for manual reservations on designated form.
Input all manual reservations into the system.
Obtain approval from Front Desk management for same day reservations on near sell-out dates.
Process confirmation letters.
Designate and apply appropriate travel agency commissions.
Initiate deposit refunds for non-group reservations.
Refer requests for initial booking of group rooms, banquet or convention requests to the Sales Department.
Create individual files and group masters with designated information for each group booking received from the Sales Department.
Update changes received from Sales.
Set up group room blocks in the system.
Book group reservations against the room block.
Input group rooming lists.
Monitor group cut-off dates and review with Sales or group contact.
Review group resumes and convey all pertinent information in the system to appropriate personnel.
Monitor and maintain wait lists daily.
Process requests for mailing brochures, correspondence and package information.
Compile and maintain information for daily/weekly/monthly reports.
Review status of assignments and any follow-up action with on-coming Agent.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school or any other combination of training or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Compute basic arithmetic.
Fluency in English both verbally and non-verbally.
Provide legible communication and directions.
perform job functions with attention to detail, speed and accuracy.
prioritize and organize.
be a clear thinker, remaining calm and resolving problems using good judgement.
follow directions thoroughly.
understand guest’s service needs.
work cohesively with co-workers as part of a team.
work with minimal supervision.
maintain confidentiality of guest information and pertinent hotel data.
input and access information in the property management system/computers.
CRITICAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Increase hotel profitability through strong communication and sales skills
Responsible for taking reservations and accurately inputting customer information into computer system
Answer inquiries regarding room rates, outlets, room locations, conference information, and local area information
Input group rooming lists and booking recaps
Handle all special requests in a professional manner
Complete all necessary projects by the assigned times.
Complete documents as directed and to specifications.
CRITICAL QUALIFICATIONS/HOT BUTTONS
High school graduate or equivalent
Excellent customer service skills and pleasant speaking voice
Excellent written and verbal skills
Strong sales skills
Attention to detail
Must be able to type accurately (30 wpm)
Experience with Opera Property Management system preferred
Previous reservations and PBX experience preferred
Desire to advance within hospitality industry
Destination Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Website : http://www.destinationhotels.com
Destination Hotels & Resorts began in 1972 with the development and management of condominium resorts. Since then, we have grown to become the country's fifth largest independent management company with more than 6,500 employees, over 7,000 guest rooms, and more than $1.7 billion in assets under management. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises, a privately-held, national real estate organization active in commercial and hospitality property investment, management, and development. Since its inception, Lowe has been responsible for more than $6 billion in assets nationwide. Destination Hotels & Resorts is unique in the lodging industry in that our primary mission is to create value for guests, investors, and associates in each of our hotels and resorts. We do this by developing an innovative, customized business plan for each property we manage and combining it with the sales, marketing, and operating resources of a company many times our size. This lodging industry expertise, together with the real estate savvy of Lowe, has allowed us to bring an owner's perspective to the hotel management business. Destination Hotels & Resorts is one of the industry's leaders in the management and marketing of high-quality independent properties, many of which we successfully converted from major brand affiliations. Over the years, Destination Hotels & Resorts has grown to be the fifth largest independent management company in the United States, managing a portfolio in excess of a billion dollars.