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Mr. van Meerendonk

Paul van Meerendonk

Director of Advisory Services, IDeaS Revenue Solutions

As Director of Advisory Services for IDeaS Revenue Solutions, Paul van Meerendonk leads a global team of revenue management advisors who are focused on hotel revenue optimization projects.

Mr. van Meerendonk is currently responsible for the global development, management and operations of the Advisory Services team and overseeing the hiring, training and management of industry-leading consultants located in London, Beijing, Singapore and Atlanta, as well as growing the consulting team in line with business opportunities.

Mr. van Meerendonk also represents IDeaS on industry thought-leadership initiatives related to trends and best practices within revenue management, including authoring a number of white papers, conducting public speaking engagements, as well as leading key client webinars with an average audience of over 200 global representatives.

During his time with IDeaS, Mr. van Meerendonk has successfully led several high-profile consulting projects for key clients and hotel groups in gateway cities, resort destinations and regional hubs. These include pre-opening market studies, price and product repositioning, performance analysis, mentoring, audits, process and procedure development and a variety of other revenue management engagements. On behalf of IDeaS, Mr. van Meerendonk has also worked with some of the leading hotel brands around the world to develop their revenue management capabilities and cultures. This included support with the creation of revenue management for hire programs, producing revenue management development roadmaps and improving price and product optimization through the implementation of advanced analytical capabilities.

Mr. van Meerendonk started his hotel career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he was active in Sales & Marketing and Revenue Management roles in Europe and Asia including corporate and regional positions. He also worked as Asset Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in London where he was responsible for asset managing several branded hotels throughout the UK and Europe on behalf of clients.

Mr. van Meerendonk is multilingual, fluent in English and Dutch as well as speaking German and French. He holds a Bachelorís Degree in Commercial Economics from the Amsterdam School of Business, is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt and is currently Vice Chair for the HSMAI Europe Revenue Management Advisory Board. 

Mr. van Meerendonk can be contacted at +44 (0) 118-82-8100 or paul.vanmeerendonk@ideas.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. 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.