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Mr. Ramelli

Vincent Ramelli

Founder & CEO, World Independent Hotel Promotion

Vincent Ramelli is the founder and CEO of World Independent Hotel Promotion a leading hotel marketing agency based in Paris that services small chains and independent hotels with all-inclusive marketing solutions ranging from state-of-the-art webdesign to social media campaigns and revenue management consulting to reputation management. With a family history in the hotel industry Mr. Ramelli chose a sales and marketing education in the 1980s and 90s, seeing that internet would be the new sales medium Mr. Ramelli set-out to create an internet marketing company in the late 90s. Combining his hospitality heritage and online marketing into the then called 1001webpromotions, it soon became one of the main players in hotel websites on the European market. In the mid 2000s Mr. Ramelli fully returned to the hospitality by purchasing and renovating hotel's of his own and focusing his attention on running the hotels himself. The hotels were upgraded from their current “cheap” status to boutique hotels and after a few years they built a reputation in the Paris independent hotel market as pioneering in hotel marketing. Testing new ideas in his own hotel permitted him to find out what works and what didn't. This led to the creation of WIHP, a new company that became much more than just hotel websites. Seeing what hoteliers really needed was a united marketing offer to combine all aspects of online marketing into one cohesive strategy, Mr. Ramelli made WIHP that company. Where web design wasn't the end-product but rather a hub that would coordinate all the aspects of the hotel's marketing efforts. Today, WIHP is an all-inclusive hotel marketing agency that helps hoteliers fill their hotels with a cohesive marketing strategy that unites their distribution, direct revenue and advertising for best profit, covering all aspects including yield consulting, distribution management, advertising and even print ads.

Mr. Ramelli can be contacted at +33 1534610360 or contact@wihphotel.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.