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Ms. Rice

Doll Rice

Vice President of Revenue Optimization, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Doll Rice is the Vice President of Revenue Optimization for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company. Her professional responsibilities with the organization include assisting and supporting Prism's diverse portfolio of hotel properties in all areas of revenue management.

Over the course of more than two decades of wide-ranging hospitality industry experience, Ms. Rice has served in a wide in a variety of different operations positions. A 1997 job as a reservations manager at the Hilton SW Hotel in Houston, Texas, would alter the trajectory of her career. The position ultimately had a transformative impact on her perspective, realigning her professional goals and helping her realize that revenue management was her true passion. Prior to her return to Prism in 2012, Ms. Rice served as the Director of Market Strategy in Austin, Texas, for Marriott International from 2008 to 2012. Before that, she served as a Regional Director of Revenue Management with Prism Hotels & Resorts. While the majority of her professional experience has been with Marriott hotel brands, she has also provided revenue management services and expertise for a wide range of prestigious national and international hotel brands, including Hilton, IHG, Wyndham, Radisson, Choice, and Independent Hotels & Resorts.

Ms. Rice is a graduate of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas, where she earned a degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in business. A lifelong Longhorn, she currently resides in Austin, Texas where she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her daughter.


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

Ms. Rice can be contacted at 214-987-9300 or doll.rice@prismhotels.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.