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Mr. Verma

Rohit Verma

Executive Director, Cornell Center for Hospitality Research

Rohit Verma, Ph.D., is Professor of Operations Management and Executive Director for The Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. Prior to joining Cornell faculty, Mr. Verma was the George Eccles Professor of Management, David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He has also taught MBA and executive development classes at several universities around the world including DePaul University, Chicago, IL, University of Sydney, Australia, Norwegian School of Logistics, Norway, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland, and Indian School of Business, India. Mr. Verma's research interests include new product and service design, quality management and process improvement, and operations and marketing interrelated issues. He has published over 50 articles in prestigious business journals such as California Management Review, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Decision Sciences, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Production and Operations Management. Mr. Verma's research has been supported by numerous well-respected organizations around the world, such as Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel (Singapore); Hammerson and NCR Knowledge Lab (UK); Citycon (Finland); Siemens and Fraport (Germany); Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria); and, in the United States, American Express, Calvin Klein, CSFB, eBay, First Chicago, General Growth Properties, HSMAI, Neiman Marcus, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Mr. Verma can be contacted at 607-255-2688 or rv54@cornell.edu

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.