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Mr. Paddock

Shayne Paddock

Vice President of Product Development & Innovation, TravelClick

Shayne Paddock is a technology and business leader with over 23 years of experience working in the areas of Product Management, Software Development, CRM, Marketing Automation, Guest Profiling, Loyalty Management, Search Engine Marketing, Email Marketing, and Hospitality Systems Integration. He is currently the Vice President of Product Development & Innovation for Guest Management Solutions at TravelClick an Amadeus company, a global provider of innovative cloud-based, revenue-generating solutions for the hospitality industry.

Mr. Paddock's areas of responsibility include Product Management, Customer Engagement, Sales Solutioning, and the overall thought leadership of TravelClick's suite of Guest Management solutions. TravelClick's Guest Management Solutions provide unparalleled insights into guests, giving hoteliers the ability to effectively and continuously engage them at all stages of the guest journey.

Prior to TravelClick Mr. Paddock was the CIO for ZDIrect, a hospitality marketing automation company that was acquired by TravelClick in October of 2015. Before working in the hospitality industry he worked with the search engine Excite.com where he helped build one of the internet's first commercial email platforms in DeliverE, keyword search term marketing, media placement, as well as several other dot com startups all revolving around database marketing.

Mr. Paddock holds a diploma in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems from Algonquin College as well as two patents in the email marketing space with regards to dynamic content and personalization. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Kathie and his son Noah. In his free time he likes to ski, run, hike, coach little league, play hockey, read, and disconnect from WIFI.

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

Mr. Paddock can be contacted at 212-817-4819 or spaddock@travelclick.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.