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Ms. Barnhill

Pamela Barnhill

President & COO, IHT, IBC and IVH Hotels

Pamela J.W. Barnhill is the president and COO of InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT), which has three divisions: InnSuites Hotels & Suites, InnDependent Boutique Collection (IBC) and International Vacation Hotels (IVH), all headquartered in Phoenix.

IHT is a real estate investment trust that owns, manages and provides managed distribution, along with soft brand-like benefits including loyalty services inside a proprietary CRS technology platform.

Ms. Barnhill joined IHT in 2002 as general manager and progressed with InnSuites through roles in revenue management, operations, and sales and trademark licensing. Prior to joining IHT, Ms. Barnhill held executive positions at Motorola Semiconductor, Franchise Finance Corporation of America and PRTM Management Consulting. She has served as a board member for the Independent Lodging Industry Association (ILIA) since 2011.

Ms. Barnhill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and she lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband and two children.

IBC is dedicated to providing guests with a unique, non-cookie cutter hotel experience in addition to providing value-added amenities and resort locations to its guests. Guests love the InnDependent InnCentives travel rewards program. InnDependent InnCentives has no blackouts and IBC does all the work for you. IBC and InnDependent InnCentives was founded by Ms. Barnhill who grew up in the independent hotel business, daughter of an Independent Hotelier / Owner / Manager.

Ms. Barnhill experienced first-hand the sales and marketing trials and lack of cost-effective operations resources for independent hoteliers. To combat the lack of affordable resources, she founded IBC (InnDependent Boutique Collection) Hotels, which is Independent Hotel Network with collection benefits and technology platform to address this problem of feeling like operating on an island.

To date, Ms. Barnhill is President and COO of independent hotels which she has successfully tested these sales/marketing/operations methods. Hoteliers love IBC and the added reservations, a strong independent network along with the free InnDependent InnCentives travel rewards frequent traveler program. No long-term contracts. No high fees. No Hassle. IBC was founded by Independent Hoteliers and knows what it means to run a hotel independently and the challenges it bears. “Solutions for Independent Hoteliers by Independent Hoteliers”

Ms. Barnhill can be contacted at 602-944-1500 x215 or pbarnhill@ibchotels.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.