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Mr. Bhandari

Ravneet Bhandari

Chief Executive Officer, LodgIQ

With over two decades of experience in the Hospitality and Gaming industries, Ravneet Bhandari is a leading expert and pioneer in strategic revenue growth and optimization. He has an exemplary track record of building visionary and entrepreneurial teams at various organizations, and has delivered more than $1B in holistic revenue gains over the course of his career. Mr. Bhandari was the first-ever Head of Revenue Management for Hyatt International, and subsequently for Caesars Entertainment, and is credited with creating and leading the integrated discipline of Revenue Strategy, Marketing and Technology for Trump Entertainment Resorts. He also served as an Executive Consultant for Starwood Capital, where he advised on, and managed various aspects of business strategy and portfolio optimization for Louvre Hotels. Most recently, he was the Chief Commercial Officer for Nor1 Inc. Mr. Bhandari is the Founder and CEO of LodgIQ™; a start-up dedicated to providing advanced revenue optimization technologies to the travel industry. Their breakthrough next-generation revenue optimization platform, LodgIQ RM™, was developed by seasoned travel executives and Silicon Valley technologists. Built around a multi-source big data eco-system, LodgIQ RM™ combines sophisticated machine learning with an intuitive and powerful user interface to deliver advanced recommendations and actionable analytics. The platform is designed to think, learn and morph with each user's unique clickstream enabling the user to make optimal revenue decisions. LodqIQ has headquarters in New York City, and maintains offices in Silicon Valley and Bangalore.

Mr. Bhandari can be contacted at 646-453-7699 or showme@LodgIQ.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.