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Mr. Woodman

Henry Woodman

Founder & President, ICE Portal

As founder and president of ICE Portal, Henry Woodman is committed to delivering the highest standard for rich media creation, management and distribution. This is a commitment that found its roots in television and film production and earned Mr. Woodman four Emmy nominations for his work in network television. With a passion for travel, Mr. Woodman produced and directed films for leading travel destinations worldwide on behalf of major travel companies. These major travel companies included American Airlines, American Express, Eastern Airlines, several government tourism boards, and leading international cruise lines. In 1997 he founded World Travelvision (WTV), a leading content provider for Internet Travel and Tourism. Since its inception, WTV has pioneered the production and distribution of Digital Brochures and Virtual Reality 360°Panormaic Photography. In 2003, World Travelvision was completely rebuilt and renamed ICE Portal. In his now nearly three decades of experience in international travel promotion, Mr. Woodman is considered one of today's leading travel industry experts on rich media content. He shares his expertise in the recently published book How to Sell Travel on the Internet. This enlightening, entertaining read presents an insider's view of today's burgeoning online travel world while guiding the reader through the travel industry's major distribution channel and sales platform. Henry Woodman is a Florida native and a graduate of the University of Arizona. He is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and French fluently, and is a natural entrepreneur. He recently completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship at NOVA Southeastern University.

Mr. Woodman can be contacted at 954-893-6778 or henry@iceportal.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.