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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.