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Mr. Shoemaker

Stowe Shoemaker

Associate Dean of Research, Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Stowe Shoemaker is the Associate Dean of Research at the University of Houston's Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Stowe also is on the executive education faculty at the Cornell University where he teaches courses in strategic marketing for hotels and restaurants, revenue enhancement through strategic pricing, and customer loyalty. Prior to moving to the University of Houston, Stowe taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Stowe has extensive experience in the hospitality industry working for both an independent hotel in Vermont and a hospitality consulting firm in Southern California. Major clients while working in the research business included Taco Bell, Foodmaker (Jack-in-the-Box), Marriott Corporation (all divisions), Stuart Anderson's Black Angus, Carl's Jr., Baker's Square Restaurants and Bob Evans Farms Restaurants. Minor clients included a variety of Los Angeles advertising agencies. Responsibilities included all aspects of project management from research design, questionnaire development, data collection, to analysis and final written report. As in-house statistician, was responsible for all multivariate analysis. Since earning his PhD, Stowe has worked with major international hotel firms on customer loyalty and pricing issues. His research interests include the antecedents and consequences of consumer loyalty, loyalty programs, and strategic pricing and revenue management. His research has appeared in the Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, Journal of Travel Research, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administrative Quarterly, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Gaming and Wagering Business, and Journal of Restaurant and Foodservice Marketing. Stowe is co-author of a Harvard Business School Case Study on Hilton HHonors. Stowe's research has won numerous awards. He is currently writing a text book on hospitality marketing with Robert Lewis and Peter Yesawich. The book will be published by Prentice Hall in July 2006. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the School of Hotel Administration, an MS from the University of Massachusetts and BS from the University of Vermont.

Mr. Shoemaker can be contacted at 713-743-7371 or sshoemaker@uh.edu

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.