Editorial Board   

Mr. Parker

Juston Parker

President & CEO, Parker Hospitality Group, Inc.

Juston Parker, President and CEO of Parker Hospitality Group, Inc., is an experienced performer in the hospitality industry. He began his career in hotel reservations and has extensive experience in all areas of hotels from operations, sales & marketing, to food & beverage, banquet & conference services. Throughout his career Mr. Parker has developed and nurtured a passion for creating top line revenues and strategically growing businesses, through new and innovative revenue management strategies. His analytical approach to revenue management has resulted in increased revenues, even in challenging times. His drive for cost of sale and pricing has impacted a wide variety of businesses which relied on his expertise to increase top line and bottom line revenue. As a published author on the subject of Revenue Management, Juston has been interviewed and/or quoted on CNN, Yahoo Finance, and Fox News, as well as featured in publications around the world ranging from HSMAI, to Thailand Hospitality, University of Florida, Event Solutions to name a few.

Mr. Parker can be contacted at 303-499-2443 or Juston@ParkerHospitality.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.