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Mr. Dyer

Andrew Dyer

Vice President of Global Supply, Egencia

Andrew Dyer is Vice President of Global Supply - Lodging at Egencia, where he is responsible for leading Egencia's supplier relations group and overseeing lodging, media, consulting and insurance. Mr. Dyer has been with Expedia, Inc. since 2006, previously serving as Senior Director, Legal where he was the primary legal counsel for Expedia Global Tour & Transport Group.

Prior to that, Mr. Dyer served as Director of Strategy & Business Development for Expedia's Lodging Partner Services group, where he helped lead the development and launch of the Expedia Traveler Preference program. Earlier in his career at Expedia, Mr. Dyer was Corporate Counsel, Expedia Legal & Corporate Affairs, where he supported Egencia and the Expedia Lodging Partner Services group.

Prior to joining Expedia in 2006, Mr. Dyer was an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and holds an MACD in Commercial Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Mr. Dyer is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Please visit https://www.egencia.com/public/us/ for more information.

Mr. Dyer can be contacted at 866-816-3534 or adyer@expedia.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.