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Simon Hudson

Every year, some of the world’s brightest minds and most iconic celebrities assemble in Salt Lake City, Utah, to impart their knowledge, network on the surrounding ski slopes, and dance the night away at a private concert. The annual summit, put on by Qualtrics - one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world - achieved record highs in attendance in 2018 with 7,000 delegates, perpetuating the company’s mandate to improve the quality of the conference content and the overall experience. How has this annual conference grown so quickly? It is all about the hospitality and a real focus on the guest experience, and this article will take a closer look at why the Qualtrics conference is so different from other business events. Read on...

Simon Hudson

Golf communities may not be news right now, but one enterprising company is breathing new life into the concept. As well as selling a variety of home lots and providing a club house, restaurant, pools and activities, Clear Creek Tahoe in Nevada is adding five-star hospitality, a hotel attitude to facilities and service, and the added wow factor of providing a boating and ski lodge at Lake Tahoe, half an hour away. Read on...

Simon Hudson

Skiers visiting Jackson Hole have two options when they are considering where to stay; Teton Village at the foot of the mountains, or the historic Town of Jackson which is 12 miles away. Teton Village offers accommodations for every lifestyle and budget and is a good choice for travelers who plan to spend a lot of time on the hill and make the most of the lively après ski. Downtown Jackson on the other hand is western-themed, with lots of old Victorian buildings, hotels, pubs and restaurants. This article will take a closer look at these two options skiers have for accommodation, and see how the two locations compete with each other (or work together) to attract skiers. Read on...

Sherry Heyl

There are many advantages to not only hiring freelancers but to develop long-term relationships with a team of freelancers. Many people have made freelancing a career choice and therefore have committed to ongoing training and developing their expertise in a specific niche. By working with freelancers, you're not only able to augment your staff but you will benefit from specialize knowledge and the diverse experience of the freelancer. Also, having a relationship with a team of freelancers enables your team to deliver projects on time, save money, and not over burden existing team members. Today, not only are freelancers benefiting from the freedom and flexibility that their choices offer, but so are the hotels they work with. Read on...

Bonnie Knutson

This article points out what marketers instinctively have known for a long time now: People buy with their heart and justify with their head. Noted neurologist Donald Caine said it best: The essential difference between emotion and reason is that emotion leads to action while reason leads to conclusions." In other words, it is increasingly being acknowledged that people respond more to emotional marketing than to rational information when deciding what to buy or where to buy it. Think about memorable Super bowl commercials that moved people throughout the years. Coca Cola's Mean Joe Green. Budweiser's Clydesdale Horses. Or the 2018 Dorito's Blaze commercial with Morgan Freeman. Read on to learn more... Read on...

Hillary Bressler

Millennials make great travelers. They see vacation as a way of life. But are they worth the focus? Millennials travel often which is music to the ears of the travel industry. They travel the most, but spend the least. All surveys point to the increasing importance of Millennials to the family travel market as well. They believe travel agents are totally worth it, and they like to cruise. Tap into these interesting facts about how the Millennials are traveling that will have the travel industry singing a happy tune. Read on...

Gary Isenberg

From the perspective of an experienced asset manager, this assessment of brand loyalty programs answers the question of relevance. Do the brand frequent programs still matter to hotel guests? If they do, how can a brand strengthen the customer relationship? If brand loyalty is not pertinent at specific points in the customer hotel experience journey, then how can the hotel secure its guest relationships? Does it matter? Read on...

Lisa Ross

Today's move toward integrating technology into all aspects of the hospitality experience is driving innovation and streamlining key processes for guests. But, is this new push for more technology taking away the personal touches and human interactions that make the hospitality industry so hospitable? Lisa Ross, president and partner of integrated communications firm rbb Communications, shares how brands and properties can use digital tools to enhance human interaction, foster trial, and develop brand loyalty. Read on...

Hillary Bressler

Is the travel industry forgetting one of the largest untapped niches? With 320 million single parents worldwide, the single parent family travel is a untapped market begging for attention. Gone is notion that single moms are poor. We work hard and play hard, but we require something unique …..for the travel industry to market to us! See what single parents demand from single parent family travel authority, Hillary Bressler, who has her ear to the ground on what single parents want when they travel. Read on...

Mark Ricketts

it takes more than a logo or an employee manual to establish a brand, as our everyday behaviors and the personal choices we make become an important element of real-world brand expression. In its purest sense, a brand is a promise to consumers; an expectation of performance and an overall experience. When we ship a package with FedEx or UPS, we expect a competitive, fair rate; on-time transit; accurate tracking that is accessible online; courteous, properly trained employees and a package delivered without damage. This article will explore some of the practical, simple and, yet, profound aspects of this everyday brand management. Read on...

Sherry Heyl

Despite all the recent hype around influencer marketing, it is really nothing new. In fact, I ran my first influencer marketing campaign for a large brand in 2006. We did not call it influencer marketing, it was called blogger outreach, but the premise was the same. We developed relationships with bloggers who had a large following and wrote about our niche. In this particular case, it was about cars. At the time the goal was to increase awareness. Our efforts were similar to a traditional media pitch and blogs were seen as "new media." Read on...

Brenda Sandoval Valdes

In today's technology dominated society, the days of hotels and resorts creating brand loyalty through old-fashioned classic mailers, television commercials, and print ads are all but obsolete. In a world where tablets, computers, and smart phones stream blogs, social media, and videos that are readily available and at the customers' disposition 24/7, today's travelers are more knowledgeable and particular about the content they process and the brands they choose. Amidst this endless streaming of information, opportunities have emerged for hotels to share their messages across a multitude of direct platforms. Quality content has always been important, but now with the rapid evolution of markets and the overload of information it is more essential than ever. Read on...

Leora Halpern Lanz

Hoteliers, marketing directors, and revenue managers in particular are continuously learning how to put the pieces of the puzzle together when it comes to creative and effective options for selling out room nights. Numerous challenges arise with the plethora of new distribution technology, which complicate the process of directly reaching the guest, or even controlling a hotel's presence on the variety of brand and third party websites. Read on...

Ravneet Bhandari

The only consistent aspect in the way people plan travel is that it's constantly changing. Each decade brings new ways for customers to connect with the hospitality experience because of both changes in technology and customer behavior. Think about it this way, the industry has come a long way since a sign out front touting air conditioning and color TV were enough to attract a customer; that is, if they could find you. It wasn't all that long ago when finding a hotel meant pulling off the road because you saw a sign, or by researching a potential stay by utilizing thick books published each year by Mobile or AAA. Read on...

Bhanu Chopra

The hospitality industry worldwide has witnessed disruptive growth over the last few years. With an explosive influx of all kinds of hotels, both big and small, competition is at an all-time high. However, this is great news for travelers as they are spoiled for choice, with a variety of options to choose from. Combine this leverage for travelers with the internet emerging as a strong search and transaction channel, and with the role of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) getting stronger each day, hoteliers are now under immense pressure to ensure high visibility across all leading online platforms with an aim to drive a maximum number of bookings. Read on...

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Coming up in August 2018...

Food & Beverage: Millennials Rule

The Millennial Generation has surpassed the Baby Boomers to become the largest living generation in America, and their tastes and preferences are being reflected in the Food & Beverage industry. In general, Millennials insist on more natural, healthier, less-processed food and beverage sources, and in part, this inspired the farm-to-table movement. However, now the trend is becoming even more pronounced and hyper-local. Millennials no longer simply want to know their food is farm-to-table, they want to know which farm, and where it's located relative to the community. As a result, hotel F&B directors are redesigning entire menus to feature area brewers, wineries, and family farms. Not only is this a proven way to satisfy Millennial tastes but it also opens the door for hotel guests to enjoy immersive experiences such as tours and excursions to local farms and breweries. Also, thanks in no small part to Millennials, coffee consumption is at an all-time high. In response, F&B directors are creating innovative ways to enhance the coffee experience for guests. Nitro-brewed coffee, cold brew, lattes on draft, and the introduction of unique milk options are part of this trend, as are locally sourced coffee beans where available. Millennial influences can also be found in the Craft and Artisan Cocktail movement where the same preferences for locally sourced and high-quality ingredients apply. One leading hotel even offers a drink menu featuring liquors infused with herbs recommended by experts for their health and well-being benefits. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.