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Ms. Roxas-Murray

Mercedita Roxas-Murray

EVP Strategy/Brand Planning & Operations, RedPeg Marketing

Mercedita Roxas-Murray utilizes her 20-years of integrated marketing experience to create award-winning campaigns for clients that successfully integrate experiential with other marketing disciplines. Ms. Roxas-Murray is responsible for the oversight, growth, and ultimate success of all RedPeg accounts as well as the marketing and branding for the agency. A strategy and brand planning specialist, she has developed RedPeg programs for Choice Hotels International, Holiday Inn, Gaylord National, GEICO, Aol, National Guard, and Chevrolet. Leading RedPeg's Travel & Tourism team, Ms. Roxas-Murray spearheaded the effort that garnered a HSMAI Adrian Award for the Cambria Suites Pop Up Program. She was responsible for winning another HSMAI Adrian Award for the agency's Virtual Reality Goggle Tour which launched Choice Hotel's Cambria Suites brand. Ms. Roxas-Murray began her career handling PR for the Japanese government. She then moved onto Bates Advertising Company, Ltd. as the Director of PR where she oversaw and implemented integrated marketing programs for high-range B2B and B2C clients including Microsoft, Telecom Asia, GE Medical, United Parcel Service (UPS), OMEGA, Vidal Sassoon, and Revlon. Prior to joining RedPeg nine years ago, she served as the Marketing Manager (US) for the Hamilton/SWATCH Group Ltd. in New York. A sought-after interviewee, Ms. Roxas-Murray's marketing and business insights have regularly appeared in a variety of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, the Washington Post, Brandweek, Promo, and Event Marketer. Ms. Roxas-Murray has also judged the marketing industry's highly respected Pro Awards.

Ms. Roxas-Murray can be contacted at 703-519-9000 or mrmurray@redpegmarketing.com

Coming up in October 2019...

Revenue Management: Focus On Profit

Revenue Management is still a relatively new profession within hotel operations and as such, it continues to evolve. One significant trend in this area is a shift away from using revenue as the foundation to generate key performance indicators (KPIs) and to instead place the emphasis on profit. Traditionally, revenue managers have relied on total revenue per available room (TrevPAR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) as the basis of their KPIs. Now, some revenue managers are using gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) as their primary KPI. This puts profit at the center of revenue management strategy, and managers are increasingly searching for new ways to increase the profitability of their hotels. Return on Investment is the objective of any hotel investment, so it is only logical that profitability and ROI will be emphasized going forward. Another trend is an expanded focus on direct hotel bookings. Revenue managers know that one way to increase profitability is to steer guests away from online travel agencies (OTAs) and book directly with the hotel. This tactic also reinforces brand identity and loyalty, and encourages repeat business. In addition, it provides a valuable platform to market the hotel directly to the customer, and to upsell room upgrades or other services to them. Another trend for revenue managers involves automation in their software programs. Revenue management systems with automation are far more desirable than those without it. Automating data entry and logistics increases efficiency, allowing managers to spend more time on formulating strategy. As a bonus, an automated system helps with aggregating and interpreting data. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address these developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.