Philia Tounta

Tourism is one of the greatest global industries that improves according to the continuous changes in tourism trends and consumer preferences. That makes the concept of innovation a vital concern for all hotels to stand out from the competition with successful applications and profitable operations. However, the importance of innovation has been long underestimated in guest experiences. Gone are the days that travelers were satisfied with an ordinary bed and breakfast. Travelers now look for improved cost/value relation and new innovative applications which promote the terms, “new tourist” and “new tourism products” to their offerings. Read on...

Nancy Snyder

In a world of constant connection, hotel properties can no longer ignore the prevalence of mobile devices and connectivity. With eighty-five percent of travelers bringing their smartphones on leisure trips, eighty-eight percent bringing it on business trips and eighty-two percent bringing laptops on business trips, connectivity is no longer a convenience, rather a necessity. Easy-to-access outlets and USB ports for charging and smart lighting controls are imperative for enhancing today’s hotel spaces. Hotel decision makers need to keep guest preferences top of mind, install smart lighting and have ample access to power both inside and out – all which can improve guests’ overall experience. Read on...

Lily Mockerman

Every hotelier has struggled with a dreaded slow season. Many have struggled through years of an economic downturn only to come out victorious on the other side - if weathered and savvier from the experience. The secret weapon to beat these downtimes is ancillary revenue streams. With more than 15 years of experience helping hoteliers combat market challenges and drive revenue, Lily Mockerman, founder and CEO of Total Customized Revenue Management, LLC (TCRM), shares her hard-won advice to help hoteliers innovate when times get tough and reach rock star status in ancillary revenue. Read on...

Brett Tabano

Today, millennials are on the verge of becoming the largest living adult generation in the United States, making them the ideal target for hotel brands and their marketing campaigns. But, in order for marketers to generate the greatest number of sales this year, they must develop and execute a comprehensive strategy designed specifically to reach and engage millennial customers at multiple touchpoints. It won’t be a “one and done” campaign, but the below piece will explore three different ways hotel brands can test the waters with this audience and eventually craft the perfect brand image that aligns with this generation. Read on...

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Bruce Liebman

Most of the projected growth in the Caribbean region is expected to come from foreign visitor spending and the United States has remained the most important supplier of tourists to the Caribbean region. However, what happens when these foreign visitors return to the United States and bring lawsuits against the resort in their home states? Defending lawsuits throughout the 50 states is financially and logistically burdensome. This article offers best practices for hotels in the Caribbean to protect themselves from claims brought in the US, preemptive measures and how to get the lawsuits moved to their home turf. Read on...

Melissa Maher

Hotels are not only looking for industry partners that provide them access to a diverse breadth of travelers, but also for tools and technologies that will help them optimize their revenue and overall business. Business needs constantly evolve at the pace of the consumer today, and by better leveraging technology partner tools, they can drive insights and efficiencies that will not only grow their business, but can maximize occupancy and ADR, and even improve guest relations. This byline will explore how technology partners, like Expedia Group, are powering the travel industry and mobilizing technical expertise to offer data-driven and tested technology solutions. Read on...

Trish Donnally

What distinguishes a luxury hotel these days? User experience was the catalyst that drove designers as they created the architecture and interiors for The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. A mesmerizing custom-designed chandelier that sparkles and glistens with 15,719 handblown Bohemian crystal glass components graces the lobby. A two-story Rolls-Royce showroom wraps around a sculptural white marble and polished chrome spiral staircase near the Grand Ballroom. Sybaritic white marble bathrooms feature five fixtures. A helipad on the rooftop awaits guests who like to arrive by helicopter. These distinctive elements create ambiance, a wonderful sense of discovery and memories. Read on...

Mia A. Mackman

How do hotels and resorts maintain a competitive edge in the increasingly competitive Airbnb landscape? This article reviews some of the important and challenging operational and programming circumstances effecting hotels and resorts as they compete for the global tourism spend. Many times, this is like comparing apples to oranges. However, as Airbnb continues to expand their offerings, it is becoming essential for hotels to understand their own performance and comparative conditions. This article also reviews ways hotels can add value and differentiate themselves to boost capture by leveraging their principal and unique selling points. Read on...

John Mavros

Wage and hour class actions are one of the biggest financial risks to employers. They can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees and could require a multimillion dollar settlement. Employers should protect themselves from this risk by complying with federal and state wage and hour laws. However, the recent US Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems gives employers another critical line of protection: an arbitration agreement with a class action waiver. The Supreme Court affirmed that class action waivers are enforceable and do not violate the National Labor Relations Act. What is a class action waiver and how can your hotel capitalize on this ruling? Read on...

Dana Kravetz

Airbnb, thought by some to pose an existential threat to hotels and resorts, continues to compete with them for market share. That being said, the off-the-charts growth that the short-term rental company experienced in years past seems to have leveled off, and it looks as though mainstream lodging has weathered the Airbnb storm. But how? With an eye toward an ever-expanding network of regulations, both here and abroad, that not only limit Airbnb’s inventory, but also hold its hosts accountable to hotel-like standards, hoteliers have staved off their (exaggerated) demise. In doing so, hotels and resorts have emerged stronger and more innovative than ever. Read on...

Tema Frank

Your guests have gone mobile; now you need to serve them in their mobile world if you want to be part of their life. Hotels have been much slower than others in the hospitality sector to leverage the capabilities of mobile, but at a time when mobile phones are becoming a standard it is foolish to ignore mobile’s potential to help your hotel. In fact, 40% of hotel guests already have a hotel mobile app, and another 30% are interested in having such apps. Read on to find out about the best ways to use mobile and messaging apps to improve guest satisfaction and hotel profitability. Read on...

Sherry Heyl

Marketers have a sometimes-overwhelming number of tools in their toolbox to generate leads and bookings. That often means falling back on the tried and true practices that have worked for years. This feature explores a few marketing strategies and tactics that teams might have missed, including the benefits of strategically deploying user-generated content, crafting effective linkbait, using influencer marketing at any budget level, and why chat and messenger bots might just be the future of marketing. We also take a look at how brands can use humor to be better, more relatable marketing and why that doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Read on...

Roberta Nedry

Think about professional tour guides and their role in making an entire experience come alive for everyone on their tour. They know their scripts but also all the in-between moments , stories and connections that will make the tour more memorable. They understand that reacting to their tour participants’ emotions, questions and interests along the way will make the tour more meaningful. Now, apply this concept to everyone in your business, your organization, your hospitality environment. Inspire them to become hospitality tour guides! Make each moment, each transaction, each interaction part of YOUR tour and in turn your strategy to make your hospitality experiences more meaningful and positively memorable. Learn from the best and reach greater destinations in service excellence! Read on...

Nicholas Tsabourakis

Optimization, a cornerstone of Revenue Management operations, is the action of making the best or most effective use of a hotel’s inventory while guiding the simultaneous action of revenue and profit growth. It ensures the best and most effective use of strategies and tactics in order to balance supply and demand and deliver the optimal business mix. Optimization relies on intelligence gathered during forecasting, a process that indicates changes or variations in booking pace of a segment or segments, in order to deliver an updated action plan. It then moves on to investigate external factors that influence demand providing thus with a complete view and understanding of all dynamics. Read on...

Zoe Connolly

There are many approaches in interview techniques as part of your hotel recruiting strategy. For hiring managers looking to find the perfect candidate, the phone interview can be fraught with opportunities to inadvertently scare off the best prospective employees. This can happen for a number of reasons, all of which can be overcome with a bit of preparation and practice. This article looks at ways to get more out of phone interviews and as a result, you will spend more time interviewing the most qualified candidates and greatly increase your chances of hiring an A-player. Read on...

Adria Levtchenko

Hotel operations rely on and profit from advanced technologies in areas such as the physical operation of a property, the communication systems we use daily, and in managing hotel operations, everything from staff scheduling and guest reservations to human resources and tracking return on investment. This reliance on technology will continue to grow, driven by our impulse to understand and serve guests in new and better ways, as well as external competitive factors. This article considers what is driving this trend and how we might approach our future in technology. Read on...

Paul van Meerendonk

The concept of a revenue productivity engine begins with a theme lifted from W. Timothy Gallwey’s best-selling book, The Inner Game of Tennis. Tennis is not only a game of endurance and skill, but also very much a game of psychology. The same can be said about creating your revenue productivity engine. It’s imperative to understand your revenue psychology—making sure your revenue performance will equal your revenue potential, minus any interferences - before setting out on the journey. Operating in the here-and-now ensures you crystalize your goals throughout the organization. Using an analytics framework is the sure-fire way to instill a culture that operates on data proven by science and reduces overthinking which allows inconsistent judgment to cloud the vision. Read on...

Bonnie Knutson

So do you follow Yogi Bear or Yogi Berra? More than a century ago the French philosopher, Paul Valery, said that "The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be." His prophecy is truer today than it was then. Spurred on by globalism and technology, we live in a world that is more interconnected and interdependent that ever before. Communities and countries are increasingly dependent on one another and technology allows information to spread throughout the world as fast as fingers can send a text or a tweet. Given this scenario, then, this article will show you which Yogi should be the business Sage for your hotel. Read on...

Leora Halpern Lanz

GDPR is defined by the EU’s Data Protection Agency and “regulates the processing by an individual, a company or an organization of personal data relating to individuals in the EU.” A new world of GDPR compliance is now upon us. We must pay attention in order to prevent an infliction of hefty financial penalties or perhaps even damaging negative word of mouth. In our world of lodging and hospitality, the issue of personal data and privacy protection has been rampant and now marketers have to be even more in tuned to potential consequences. Hospitality companies must become hyper-aware of digital marketing practices and management of customer personal data. Read on...

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Coming up in September 2018...

Hotel Group Meetings: The Need for Speed

2017 was a banner year in the Hotel Group Meetings marketplace and that trend is expected to continue throughout 2018. Planners are experiencing a renewed sense of confidence due to a reinvigorated economy and increased job creation, which typically provides a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are maintaining a fast and furious pace, and they are utilizing an array of technologies to speed things up. For example, planner requests and proposals are expected to be turned around quickly; the mantra seems to be “as soon as possible, or sooner!” To that end, the use of electronic Request for Proposals (eRFPs) to source hotels and venues has increased in recent years, bringing many timely benefits to the Meetings industry. As a result, in order for hotels to attract and book meetings, they have to be willing to operate with a sense of urgency, which is the new baseline for success. Once on property, the need for speed doesn't diminish. Poken is a cloud-based event management platform, which enables attendees to easily and quickly connect, network and share contact info. ClickShare is a wireless presentation system that permits others in the meeting room to share their laptop with the presenter screen at the push of a button. Skype is useful in order to engage with remote participants in real time, and dedicated apps are being routinely used to drive registration and communication before, during and after a meeting. Finally, text messaging is replacing emailing and phone calls simply because it's quicker. 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.