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Mr. Mourier

Jean Francois Mourier

Founder & CEO, RevPar Guru Inc.

Jean Francois Mourier arrived in South Florida in 2003 after a successful and distinguished career in Europe as a trader, financial analyst and director for a number of top firms including Merrill Lynch, ING Barings and others. He joined a small Miami Beach hotel management firm as a financial analyst. Applying his vast experience in finance, pricing and technology, he soon revamped the company's revenue management methods, with dramatic results. Occupancy at The Palms Hotel and The National Hotel in Miami Beach increased from 63% in 2003 to 96% in 2007, while steadily increasing average room rates. This was remarkable, but not surprising in light of Jean Francois' earlier achievements in the finance trade, where he modernized operations by introducing options and new products, increased customer sales by 100% through aggressive pricing strategies, sales training and product marketing, and doubled new issue business. A few months after joining the company, Mourier added the position of Director of Revenue Management to his resume and implemented a unique and revolutionary pricing scheme that yielded a 100% increase in revenues, earning him several awards in recognition of his out-of-the box creativity and methodology. In addition, he successfully trained and managed three programmers and four executives in his methods and philosophies, ensuring the perpetuation of his management, marketing and pricing policies. In 2007, along with his colleague and 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Bruno Perez, Mourier founded RevPar Guru to provide the Yield Dynamic Price Engine, an integrated revenue management and pricing solution, to others in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Mourier can be contacted at 786-478-3500 or clientservices@revparguru.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.