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Mr. Dombey

Olivier Dombey

Chief Information Officer, HotelTravel.com

Olivier Dombey has over 20-years of professional experience gained in the travel, hospitality and tourism, online marketing, distribution technology, and consulting field. He is currently Chief Information Officer at HotelTravel.com, a leading online travel agency, responsible for the company's worldwide business development strategy and execution, connectivity partners, supply channels and hotel partners acquisition and account management, revenue management and margin optimization, market strategies, intelligence and competitive analysis, website content strategy and management in 8 languages, online and offline marketing, brand, advertising, promotions, sponsorship and partnerships, affiliate program, loyalty program, social media, website optimization, testing, creative content, visitor motivations and behavioural patterns, traffic flow and funnel management, and finally managing the company's MIS and corporate KPI reporting. Previously, Mr. Dombey was an appointed Board Advisor at Derbysoft, a leading Chinese technology company serving the hospitality distribution industry, which mission is to create a worldwide online hotel global distribution network (GDN). Prior to that, Mr. Dombey was Regional Vice President Asia Pacific for Pegasus Solutions and Utell Hotels and Resorts. During his tenure he had full responsibility and financial accountability for sales and account management of Pegasus full suite of products and services in the Asia Pacific region, including CRS, distribution, hotel representation, marketing, and financial services. He led all commercial activities for the region with teams in Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and China. His achievements won him the Pegasus 2005/2006 'Victor Ludorum' Award for exemplary achievements. Concurrently, Mr. Dombey held a Board position on the Global Board of HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Association) and also chaired the HEDNA ASPAC Committee as the industry representative and the voice for Asia Pacific, he was very much involved in enabling industry best practices and standards. Preceding that, Mr. Dombey was Managing Director of Ou Yang Business Consulting China, a sister company of Partners in Marketing UK, a travel and hospitality distribution technology business consultancy, which is co-founded in 1995 and with offices both in Beijing and London. Mr. Dombey also worked as Director of Marketing for the Seychelles Tourism Board, overseeing brand building, and worldwide B2C marketing and promotions. He also worked at Galileo International, where he started his career as business analyst and moving to business development positions. For 3 consecutive years, Mr. Dombey was also the elected Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Travel Industry Group (CIMtIG), the UK's largest cross-sector travel industry association. He is also the author of numerous industry articles and research papers, he is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences, seminars and training courses, and he is listed in the 2000 edition of International Who's Who of Professionals. Mr. Dombey holds a B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration from London Middlesex University and a B.A. Business Administration from the renowned French Ecole Superieure de Commerce Reims. He also holds the prestigious Diploma CIM of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and he is an official Chartered Marketer recognized by the British Crown. Finally, Mr. Dombey speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Mr. Dombey can be contacted at +66 (0)76-282808 or olivier@hoteltravel.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.