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Mr. Burger

Ray Burger

Founder & President, Pineapple Hospitality

Ray Burger, Founder and President of Pineapple Hospitality Inc., celebrates his 40+ years of experience in hospitality. His 20+ year hotel management career yielded increased revenues, award winning service, and indispensable insight into hotel operations, sales and marketing. Mr. Burger has provided and promoted sustainability solutions for the hospitality industry since 1994. Through Pineapple Hospitality, he founded the industry's first Green Hospitality Conference (2007). He also launched EcoRooms.com, GreenerHotels.com and the comprehensive smoke-free lodging directory FreshStay.com. His principled approach to greener products, programs and services relies on sustainability, profitability, and a commitment to exceeding guest expectations. Always a believer in the green business community, Ray has partnered with several State and Local Green Lodging programs including Boston Green Tourism, PhilaGreen Hospitality Association, the Green Meeting Industry Council, and Energy Star. Mr. Burger's many certifications and awards include Master Hotel Supplier and Certified Hotel Administrator. He is a frequent speaker and writer regarding Sustainability topics pertaining to Hospitality. He authored the EcoSpeak blog for a few years and he is a frequent contributor for Hospitality related publications. Mr. Burger holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Missouri State University and enjoys spending time in and around America's National and State Parks, Trails and Rivers.

Mr. Burger can be contacted at 636-922-2285 or ray@pineapplehospitality.net

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.