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Mr. Song

Will Song

Co-Founder & Vice President of Revenue, Lights On Digital

As co-founder and vice president of revenue at Lights On Digital, Will Song works closely with clients on a variety of revenue-management solutions. Mr. Song is a pricing expert with a passion for technology, bringing entrepreneurial insight in his ability to think outside the box on strategies to revive properties and tackle challenging situations. He has more than a decade of experience in revenue management, achieving record-breaking growth for clients in key hospitality metrics. Mr. Song previously served as the senior revenue manager at Aqua Hospitality, Hawaii's fastest-growing hospitality chain, where he managed revenue strategy for 15 properties. His background also includes pricing strategy, marketing and product line management at several national and Hawaii-based technology companies. Mr. Song holds a bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Chicago, where he studied optimal pricing algorithms. He routinely works with a variety of technology solutions, including Opera, roomMaster, RMS, SkyTouch, TravelClick, and Sabre SynXis. Lights On Digital is a Honolulu-based digital marketing agency founded in 2014 with roots in the hospitality and visitor industry. The company pairs an in-depth understanding of hotels and resorts with the know-how and cutting-edge tools of a leading tech company. Lights On works with more than 1,400 hotel rooms across nearly two dozen properties in Hawaii, the Northeastern and Western U.S., and the Caribbean. The company recently earned two Adrian Awards from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI); and in 2017, it was honored with a Pele Award from the Hawaii Chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

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

Mr. Song can be contacted at 808-213-3010 or will@lightsondigital.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.