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Mr. Dombey

Olivier Dombey

Chief Information Officer, HotelTravel.com

Olivier Dombey has over 20-years of professional experience gained in the travel, hospitality and tourism, online marketing, distribution technology, and consulting field. He is currently Chief Information Officer at HotelTravel.com, a leading online travel agency, responsible for the company’s worldwide business development strategy and execution, connectivity partners, supply channels and hotel partners acquisition and account management, revenue management and margin optimization, market strategies, intelligence and competitive analysis, website content strategy and management in 8 languages, online and offline marketing, brand, advertising, promotions, sponsorship and partnerships, affiliate program, loyalty program, social media, website optimization, testing, creative content, visitor motivations and behavioural patterns, traffic flow and funnel management, and finally managing the company’s MIS and corporate KPI reporting. Previously, Mr. Dombey was an appointed Board Advisor at Derbysoft, a leading Chinese technology company serving the hospitality distribution industry, which mission is to create a worldwide online hotel global distribution network (GDN). Prior to that, Mr. Dombey was Regional Vice President Asia Pacific for Pegasus Solutions and Utell Hotels and Resorts. During his tenure he had full responsibility and financial accountability for sales and account management of Pegasus full suite of products and services in the Asia Pacific region, including CRS, distribution, hotel representation, marketing, and financial services. He led all commercial activities for the region with teams in Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and China. His achievements won him the Pegasus 2005/2006 ‘Victor Ludorum’ Award for exemplary achievements. Concurrently, Mr. Dombey held a Board position on the Global Board of HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Association) and also chaired the HEDNA ASPAC Committee as the industry representative and the voice for Asia Pacific, he was very much involved in enabling industry best practices and standards. Preceding that, Mr. Dombey was Managing Director of Ou Yang Business Consulting China, a sister company of Partners in Marketing UK, a travel and hospitality distribution technology business consultancy, which is co-founded in 1995 and with offices both in Beijing and London. Mr. Dombey also worked as Director of Marketing for the Seychelles Tourism Board, overseeing brand building, and worldwide B2C marketing and promotions. He also worked at Galileo International, where he started his career as business analyst and moving to business development positions. For 3 consecutive years, Mr. Dombey was also the elected Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Travel Industry Group (CIMtIG), the UK’s largest cross-sector travel industry association. He is also the author of numerous industry articles and research papers, he is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences, seminars and training courses, and he is listed in the 2000 edition of International Who’s Who of Professionals. Mr. Dombey holds a B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration from London Middlesex University and a B.A. Business Administration from the renowned French Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Reims. He also holds the prestigious Diploma CIM of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and he is an official Chartered Marketer recognized by the British Crown. Finally, Mr. Dombey speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Mr. Dombey can be contacted at +66 (0)76-282808 or olivier@hoteltravel.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.