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Mr. Hudson

Michael Hudson

Senior Vice President Hotel Analytics Division, Groups 360

Michael Hudson, CRME, MBA, is a former Walt Disney Imagineer with more than 20 years experience in engineering design, data analysis and user-experience development. Throughout his career at Disney, he helped open two theme parks and numerous ride systems across both coasts. He championed using data visualization and predictive analytics to improve ride reliability. In 2006, he was recruited by Gaylord Entertainment to graft his Disney experience onto hotel development. He created innovative retail and sports bar experiences for hotel guests and brokered strategic partnerships with the MLB and The Smithsonian. From there, he transitioned to help form a new team centralizing revenue management and yield strategies for the brand. Based on experiences yielding group business during the 2009 downturn, Mr. Hudson then founded Grouponomics to help bring event-performance transparency to the Sales and Revenue Management teams within the Hotel Industry. He focused on creating an application that unlocks data collecting digital cobwebs in CRM systems/spreadsheets. Grouponomics provides Sales, Revenue Management, Hotel Executives and Asset Managers a summarized view of Group business to contract displayed in easy to grasp Key Performance Indicators and communicated with the best practices in modern data visualization. If you can't measure it, you can't change it. After successfully growing for five years, Grouponomics was acquired by Nashville based, Groups360 in 2015. Mr. Hudson joined Groups360 as Head of Strategy, Hotel Analytics Division. Mr. Hudson remains dedicated to continuing to deliver transparency to both sides of the Hotel/Meeting Planner equation. When data is transformed from an ugly tabular system to a format that tells a story, that's when you truly unlock the potential of a collaborative sales process. Effective communication only happens when data is set free; Knowledge for both sides creates efficiency and maximizes profits for all.

Please visit http://www.groups360.com for more information.

Mr. Hudson can be contacted at 615-669-6338 or michael.hudson@groups360.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.