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Mr. Shoemaker

Stowe Shoemaker

Associate Dean of Research, Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Stowe Shoemaker is the Associate Dean of Research at the University of Houston's Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Stowe also is on the executive education faculty at the Cornell University where he teaches courses in strategic marketing for hotels and restaurants, revenue enhancement through strategic pricing, and customer loyalty. Prior to moving to the University of Houston, Stowe taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Stowe has extensive experience in the hospitality industry working for both an independent hotel in Vermont and a hospitality consulting firm in Southern California. Major clients while working in the research business included Taco Bell, Foodmaker (Jack-in-the-Box), Marriott Corporation (all divisions), Stuart Anderson's Black Angus, Carl's Jr., Baker's Square Restaurants and Bob Evans Farms Restaurants. Minor clients included a variety of Los Angeles advertising agencies. Responsibilities included all aspects of project management from research design, questionnaire development, data collection, to analysis and final written report. As in-house statistician, was responsible for all multivariate analysis. Since earning his PhD, Stowe has worked with major international hotel firms on customer loyalty and pricing issues. His research interests include the antecedents and consequences of consumer loyalty, loyalty programs, and strategic pricing and revenue management. His research has appeared in the Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, Journal of Travel Research, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administrative Quarterly, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Gaming and Wagering Business, and Journal of Restaurant and Foodservice Marketing. Stowe is co-author of a Harvard Business School Case Study on Hilton HHonors. Stowe's research has won numerous awards. He is currently writing a text book on hospitality marketing with Robert Lewis and Peter Yesawich. The book will be published by Prentice Hall in July 2006. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the School of Hotel Administration, an MS from the University of Massachusetts and BS from the University of Vermont.

Mr. Shoemaker can be contacted at 713-743-7371 or sshoemaker@uh.edu

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.