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Mr. Bocherer

Joe Bocherer

Chief Commercial Officer, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA)

Joe  Bocherer, an experienced and proven leader within the convention, hospitality and tourism industries, serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The GWCCA campus, which includes the 3.9 million- square-foot Georgia World Congress Center, the 21- acre Centennial Olympic Park, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Junior Achievement Discovery Center and state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world. Additionally the GWCCA manages operations of the Savannah International Trade & Convention center.

As the GWCCA's Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Bocherer presides over Sales, Event and Guest Services, Business Development, Customer Analytics, Revenue Management, and all products and contracted service agreements.

Before taking on this role Mr. Bocherer recently served as Head of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) U.S. franchise division; he has 20 years of convention and visitors bureau and hotel sales experience with extensive knowledge of group and transient-driven business. He has also served as Vice President of Sales for Experience Columbus (Ohio), Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing for White Lodging, and has held several key positions with Hyatt Hotels including Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Regional Vice President of Sales over the Southeast select service division.

Mr. Bocherer earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He likes to spend time at the lake, golfing, mountain biking, playing basketball, snow skiing and watching his kids compete in various sports.

Please visit http://www.gwcca.org for more information.

Mr. Bocherer can be contacted at 404-223-4011 or jbocherer@gwcca.org

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.