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Ms. Buckhiester

Bonnie Buckhiester

President, Buckhiester Management Limited

Bonnie Buckhiester is the principal of Buckhiester Management, the leading Revenue Management consulting firm in North America for the hospitality industry.

Ms. Buckhiester's career in travel, tourism and hospitality is extensive and multi-dimensional including positions as Senior Vice President, Operations for a major North American hotel REIT; General Manager for two 4½-diamond hotels, and General Manager Operations for a major tour operator. Her diverse product knowledge of hotel, tour, cruise, air, rail and car rental inventories offers a unique cross-fertilization of industry strategies.

She holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois, a Certification in Revenue Management from Cornell University, and a Certification from Guelph University's Hospitality Managers Development Course. She's a member of the prestigious industry organization, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, and has acted as a Board Member for several years, including President & Chairman. She is also a multi-year member of HSMAI's Revenue Management Advisory Board and annually facilitates HSMAI's Chief Revenue Officer Roundtable.

In February 2017 Ms. Buckhiester was honored by HSMAI as one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing & Revenue Optimization. She is a sought-after speaker internationally and an accomplished author of numerous industry articles. She is also highly respected by her peers and considered a thought leader in the discipline of revenue management in hospitality.

Ms. Buckhiester is also the co-creator of REVRoadMap®, a proprietary, trademarked Revenue Management (RM) business process designed to enable clients to develop RM as a core competency with full integration of both strategic and tactical skills.

With this proprietary approach Buckhiester Management offers RM development at all levels focusing on practical application rather than theory. Buckhiester's unique processes have yielded extraordinary incremental revenue levels for over 1000 hotels and resorts in 20 countries, with ROI results typically less than 8 weeks. Clients include brands such as Accor Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Pan Pacific Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Best Western, Delta Hotels, Choice Hotels, and Joie de Vivre, as well as ownership & management companies such as Oxford Properties, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Ashford Hospitality Trust, the Irvine Company, and Benchmark Hospitality.

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

Ms. Buckhiester can be contacted at +1 703-858-7304 or bonnie@buckhiester.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.