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Mr. Gourdie

Eric Gourdie

Strategic Revenue Director, Sceptre Hospitality Resources

With extensive revenue and channel management experience, Eric Gourdie, CRME joined the Sceptre team in December of 2002. He assists clients in evaluating the deployment of revenue management strategies and revenue analytics as well as maintaining rate integrity. His main focus is offering insight into increasing revenues through all available booking channels, as well as the full utilization of the Central Reservation System to optimize revenue and channel management. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Gourdie has worked in numerous hotel roles, such as General Manager for Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn Brands in the Southeastern US, Revenue Management and Hotel Operations with Hilton Hotels in Denver, and Hotel Operations at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando. This experience allows Mr. Gourdie to assist with the day-to-day revenue and distribution decisions needed to deliver growth. Mr. Gourdie’s expertise in the various technical systems allows clients to streamline processes and gain optimal training in using those programs to their advantage. Mr. Gourdie is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and has won numerous management awards from both Marriott and Hilton.

Mr. Gourdie can be contacted at 303-220-2168 or egourdie@sceptrehospitality.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.