Editorial Board

Mr. Ramelli

Vincent Ramelli

Founder & CEO, World Independent Hotel Promotion

Vincent Ramelli is the founder and CEO of World Independent Hotel Promotion a leading hotel marketing agency based in Paris that services small chains and independent hotels with all-inclusive marketing solutions ranging from state-of-the-art webdesign to social media campaigns and revenue management consulting to reputation management. With a family history in the hotel industry Mr. Ramelli chose a sales and marketing education in the 1980s and 90s, seeing that internet would be the new sales medium Mr. Ramelli set-out to create an internet marketing company in the late 90s. Combining his hospitality heritage and online marketing into the then called 1001webpromotions, it soon became one of the main players in hotel websites on the European market. In the mid 2000s Mr. Ramelli fully returned to the hospitality by purchasing and renovating hotel’s of his own and focusing his attention on running the hotels himself. The hotels were upgraded from their current “cheap” status to boutique hotels and after a few years they built a reputation in the Paris independent hotel market as pioneering in hotel marketing. Testing new ideas in his own hotel permitted him to find out what works and what didn't. This led to the creation of WIHP, a new company that became much more than just hotel websites. Seeing what hoteliers really needed was a united marketing offer to combine all aspects of online marketing into one cohesive strategy, Mr. Ramelli made WIHP that company. Where web design wasn’t the end-product but rather a hub that would coordinate all the aspects of the hotel’s marketing efforts. Today, WIHP is an all-inclusive hotel marketing agency that helps hoteliers fill their hotels with a cohesive marketing strategy that unites their distribution, direct revenue and advertising for best profit, covering all aspects including yield consulting, distribution management, advertising and even print ads.

Mr. Ramelli can be contacted at +33 1534610360 or contact@wihphotel.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.