The pandemic has made it difficult to safely hold in-person meetings, which the travel industry has thrived on in the past, but one hotel representative has found an innovative solution: Buy a custom Winnebago camper and drive it around the country, holding meetings for advisors at the properties he represents and sometimes even in advisors' driveways.
At J.MAK, we specialize in connecting independently operated hotels and operators with luxury travel advisors. No doubt we have already started to see change and will continue to as we begin to recover. There is room on the advisor side to be placing fees for their services so that they are not solely reliant on commissions should bookings cancel. On the operator side, there will have to be new consideration for deposits, how those funds are spent and when, as well as a revisit of cancellation policies and fees.
To discover unique hotels with personality—at any time of year—here’s where to look. It takes more than Insta-inspiring views and high thread counts to become part of the exclusive hotel portfolio at J.MAK.
J.MAK is both the name of one of the biggest hotel representation firms in the travel industry and the nickname of the man behind the brand: Jon Makhmaltchi.
He might be a native New Yorker living in the same apartment he grew up in — with a 3,000 square foot terrace it's not hard to see why — but Jon Makhmaltchi is a jet setting globe trotter who his taken his J.MAK Hospitality brand to new heights.
Earlier this month, J.MAK Hospitality announced Jeff Sirota (now known as Sir.J) as the newest member of its team. Sir.J will extend his in-depth knowledge and network to J.MAK Hospitality’s clientele of global jetsetters.
We recently sat down with someone who’s no stranger to many of you: Jon Makhmaltchi, a longtime friend of Tablet who helped introduce Tablet PRO to the travel agency community.