Editorial Board   Guest Author

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 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. 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.