Five Tips on Turning Negative Publicity Into a Thumbs Up with Planners

Ouch! Another article is posted, quite lengthy at that, listing how hotels are secretly pulling one over on their guests. Written so sensationally, the article ignites fear, so planners can't help but open and read it. As they absorb the prose, planners may even become believers, at least in part, more

10 Gifts To Inspire Your Hotel & CVB Sales Teams for 2016 Success

The season of gift-giving is upon us and what better gift than to provide your sales team with the tools they need to be outstanding performers in 2016! Below are ten gifts to inspire your team and build 2016 revenue this holiday season! Gift #1: A Consistent Product A successful salesperson needs more

5 Keys to Get a Handle on Bucket List Destination Marketing

In recent weeks, I read the Huffington Post article, 17 Places You Have to See Before You Die by Yagana Shah. The list includes places dreamed of, our next door neighbors, castles and churches filled with the evidence of our ancestors, cottages close to the earth and memorable places of more

5 Quotes to Inspire Your Hospitality Group Business

This business of hotels is called hospitality and if we had a better handle on what that word meant, we would be stressed more by, "Where are we going to put all of these people!" than by, "How are we ever going to meet our goals?" Below are some of my favorite quotes that clearly define more

4 Exercises to Build Group Business Off Peak

Though a predetermined vacation week puts me in the middle of an ocean during peak cruising time, I truly enjoy traveling during less popular (and populated) dates and as a planner I booked many events during shoulder season. Depending on your hotel’s location, you may be heading into that time more

How Independent Hotels Can Step Up Their Game Against a Big Brand Neighbor

Like it or not, if you’re an independent or boutique hotel, you will have to compete with big brands with larger staff and massive hotel marketing budgets. Whether it’s a Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, or Best Western, you’re bound to battle with hotel brands that are larger than life. It may seem more

4 Exciting Forecasted Trends of 2016 & Advice on Working with Group Planners!

2016 promises to be exciting with the Summer Olympics in Rio, and the Presidential Race in our living rooms (and in our pockets) from now until next November. Meetings and events are also back in the news with a changing landscape that includes increased group business and a shift in control more

No Debate! 10 Trendy Ideas To Make Your CVB the Number One Destination Candidate!

There is no debate... Group planners want experiences that are trending, interesting and impactful. With the presidential election just 14 months away, the race for the top seat is trending, definitely one of the most interesting in decades and as a result, more impactful. As a CVB, leverage more

The ABCs of Booking Incentive Travel Groups & Capturing Revenue

Per the Incentive Federation's report, U.S. Business Use of Incentive Travel Awards white paper, 46% of businesses use incentive travel as an award. Incentive travel is a 22.5 billion dollar market annually. Are you marketing a hotel that captures a piece of the incentive travel pie and more

The 3 Keys to Ensure Your Hotel is on Page One in Every Planner Search

"What a beautiful website!" "The better to capture you my dear." Or is it? Your hotel invested a lot of resources putting together a web package that is, you believe, award worthy, right? Web content that is rich and robust. Plenty of gorgeous images, organized content, a meetings page for planners, more

The Culture of Inclusion Part 2: 3 Keys to an Open-Arms Culture That Raises Revenue

  Travel in the U.S. is on the rise according to a July 2015 press release from the Global Business Travel Association with growth expected to be up 4.9% in 2015 and up 5.4% in 2016. Travel, particularly group travel, is more competitive than ever and the hotel that addresses the need more

DMOs Are Moving Toward Marketing the Attendee Experience

As meeting professionals have become more Internet savvy and additional digital tools have been introduced over the years, Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and Convention &  Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) are now at a crossroads: either change or become irrelevant. Here is what they are facing: more

Disney Marketing Tactics for Hoteliers

  No other brand in the world can compare to the omnipotent marketing power of Disney. As both a visionary and innovator, the Walt Disney Company has defied the conventions of hospitality marketing, group business marketing, customer service, and brand loyalty. As an unabashed (and admittedly, more

Media Event 101: 6 Keys to Organize and Win Big with Your Next Hotel Media Event

Hosting a hotel marketing media event seems daunting, even frightening, if you're novice. But apply the same organizing principles you applied to your business or marketing plan, and you will be successful. So let's get going advertising group travel that represents your brand. Create more

5 Tips for CVBs Who Want Reunion Business

Spring has sprung and reunion season is around the corner! Use these five tips to win group business for your CVB in 2015! 1. Realize that Every Reunion Type Has Different Needs Different than conventional meetings and events, you cannot throw all reunions into the same sand pail. Reunion types more

How 5 DMOs Turned Their Regions Into Foodie Destinations

Food and wine aficionados are one of the fastest growing segments of the market. They include planners, who are hungry for gourmet culinary experiences to enhance their events. So, destination marketers have begun to showcase their destination’s unique food and imbibing opportunities as a way more

5 Attention-Grabbing Words Cruises Use to Book Business

As I was leafing through a magazine, I was struck by an ad from a major cruise line that used simple words to draw me in. I not only read the words; I felt the message: cruises offer a cost effective, easy travel option that fulfills guests' needs and dreams.  In many ways, cruises more

Destination DC's CEO on DC Cool: Conception, Wins, Challenges & More

It’s been more than a year since Destination DC, Washington, D.C.’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, released its latest multi-year marketing campaign, “DC Cool.” The campaign, which refers to the city as cool, focuses on the unexpected. Since the launch of DC cool, the city has received more

3 Clues That Wi-Fi is Full Speed Ahead in 2015

Technology intensified is in store for 2015, and hotels that aren't paying attention will lose out on group bookings. In a 2014 edition of MPI's Meetings Outlook, Christina Devlin, CMP, CMM, events manager at Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter, speaks to the need for hotels to more

Planner PR 101: 4 Winning Steps to Build Planner Trust

You just booked an event, and the planner is very attentive. She calls you morning, noon, and night (yes, you gave her your personal cell phone number in a moment of madness) to micro-manage the details of her upcoming event. Since the moment she signed the contract, she feels like an extension more
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