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Ms. Barnhill

Pamela Barnhill

President & COO, IHT, IBC and IVH Hotels

Pamela J.W. Barnhill is the president and COO of InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT), which has three divisions: InnSuites Hotels & Suites, InnDependent Boutique Collection (IBC) and International Vacation Hotels (IVH), all headquartered in Phoenix.

IHT is a real estate investment trust that owns, manages and provides managed distribution, along with soft brand-like benefits including loyalty services inside a proprietary CRS technology platform.

Ms. Barnhill joined IHT in 2002 as general manager and progressed with InnSuites through roles in revenue management, operations, and sales and trademark licensing. Prior to joining IHT, Ms. Barnhill held executive positions at Motorola Semiconductor, Franchise Finance Corporation of America and PRTM Management Consulting. She has served as a board member for the Independent Lodging Industry Association (ILIA) since 2011.

Ms. Barnhill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and she lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband and two children.

IBC is dedicated to providing guests with a unique, non-cookie cutter hotel experience in addition to providing value-added amenities and resort locations to its guests. Guests love the InnDependent InnCentives travel rewards program. InnDependent InnCentives has no blackouts and IBC does all the work for you. IBC and InnDependent InnCentives was founded by Ms. Barnhill who grew up in the independent hotel business, daughter of an Independent Hotelier / Owner / Manager.

Ms. Barnhill experienced first-hand the sales and marketing trials and lack of cost-effective operations resources for independent hoteliers. To combat the lack of affordable resources, she founded IBC (InnDependent Boutique Collection) Hotels, which is Independent Hotel Network with collection benefits and technology platform to address this problem of feeling like operating on an island.

To date, Ms. Barnhill is President and COO of independent hotels which she has successfully tested these sales/marketing/operations methods. Hoteliers love IBC and the added reservations, a strong independent network along with the free InnDependent InnCentives travel rewards frequent traveler program. No long-term contracts. No high fees. No Hassle. IBC was founded by Independent Hoteliers and knows what it means to run a hotel independently and the challenges it bears. “Solutions for Independent Hoteliers by Independent Hoteliers”

Ms. Barnhill can be contacted at 602-944-1500 x215 or pbarnhill@ibchotels.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.