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Ms. Brokowski

Donna Brokowski

General Manager Partner Solutions Group, Travel and Transport

Donna Brokowski, General Manager of Travel and Transport’s Partner Solutions Group is a travel mixologist always striving to find the perfect supplier – buyer balance. In her role, Ms. Brokowski is responsible for leading the company’s overall global strategic direction in corporate consulting services, supplier relations, and procurement analytics. Within Ms. Brokowski’s tenure at Travel and Transport, the Partner Solutions Group has grown to over 20 associates fulfilling hundreds of consulting engagements annually for airline, rental car and hotel categories. Ms. Brokowski has an extensive background encompassing over 25 years in travel consulting and sales leadership. Prior to joining Travel and Transport in 2010, Ms. Brokowski led various sales teams with hotel groups including Wyndham Hotel Group, Peabody Hotel Group, Best Western and Holiday Inn. An accomplished speaker, Ms. Brokowski has delivered keynote presentations to the Silicon Valley BTA and Wisconsin BTA and has presented to various BTA organizations including Miami BTA, South Florida BTA, North Carolina BTA, and Central & North Florida BTA. In addition, she has spoken at the Society of Government Travel Professionals’ Ancon Conference and participated as a panel speaker at Radius Travel’s Annual Global Conference and most recently at the 2016 GBTA Government Relations Committee panel on supplier acquisition. She has been called upon and cited in various industry publications and has been published in Agent at Home Magazine and Travel Agent Magazine. Ms. Brokowski is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two children. Please visit http://www.travelandtransport.com for more information.

Ms. Brokowski can be contacted at 402-399-4695 or dbrokowski@tandt.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.