The Secrets Behind Hotel Experiences That Drive Marketing & Revenue

When guests have positive experiences at your hotel, they can make important contributions to your online hotel marketing efforts. That's why it's critical to meet - or, even better, exceed - your guests' needs, so their memories and stories will drive return visits and recommendations.  Whether...read more

100 Planner View Points: The Planning 25

  This part four of a series. Previous articles included: 100 Planner View Points: The Journey Begins, 100 Planner View Points: The Pre-Event 25, and 100 Planner View Points: The Booking 20. On this journey of 100 Planner View Points, the planning stage of the process is where the fun begins. Every...read 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 are...read more

Why Google & Microsoft Joined The MiFi Hotel Fight

Every hotelier (or business for that matter) will tell you they want to provide fast, reliable, and secure internet service to their guests, meeting attendees, and trade show exhibitors. Every event stakeholder will tell you they want all that and more - especially free Wi-Fi access. And every show...read 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 unsolicited...read more

Part 2: What Planners Expect in 2015 F&B

In Part 1: What Planners Expect in 2015 F&B, we reviewed the first five trends predicted by food research and consulting firm, Technomic's top 10 F&B trends for 2015, and how they relate to the hospitality industry, specifically group meetings.  Here we review the next five trends and what they mean...read more

Hospitality Marketing Trends You’ll See In 2015

The start of 2015 has arrived, and with it, comes a year of new opportunities, new tools, and a new set of marketing rules. Are you aware of the most current digital and mobile strategies for increasing hotel group business?  Is your hotel and its sales and marketing staff up-to-date on the latest...read more

3 Questions About Your Hotel's Authenticity You Need to Ask Yourself in 2015

Nathan Lump, Editor-in-Chief at Travel + Leisure magazine, offers hotels food for thought. He predicts that authenticity will remain a top trend in 2015. Lump says, "...travelers still hunger for it." This is a strong statement that hotel managers would be wise to heed.  Inspired by Lump's January...read more

5 Ways to Make Your Hotel Valuable to Both Meeting Planners & Guests

For your guests and meeting planners, the best deal isn’t the lowest price. It’s the deal that offers the best value. Just like leisure and business travelers, meeting and event planners are also seeking hotel deals online. Their objective isn’t only to save money, but to find a venue that can boost...read more

How Online Hotel Reviews Affect Booking Decisions: The Research, Stats, Viewpoints & Strategies

Do reviews matter? Yes they do, both in the leisure travel and business travel marketing arenas. And, unfortunately, your hotel marketing staff can go crazy trying to keep up with the online chatter. Online reviews demand attention because hotel guests and planners can write reviews at anytime -...read more

Sparkling & Creative Examples of Holiday Hotel Marketing

‘Tis the season…to break away from your normal hotel marketing activites to produce special holiday events and programs. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas up next, I hope you’re already tying up loose ends for your 2014 holiday hotel group marketing campaigns. If not, don't worry. It’s not too...read more

Hotel Marketing Musts for Reaching Chinese Travelers

Travel spending by Chinese leisure and business travelers is enormous.  CNN reported that these ultra-luxury travelers spend about $1,230 per trip abroad, amounting to $102 billion in total for international travel. Furthermore, the United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts that upwards of...read more

Google's New Local Hotel Search Results: Everything You Need to Know

It was only a few months ago that you were optimizing your hotel’s Google+ and business places page for a higher ranking in Google local hotel carousel. Thanks to Google, you'll be doing it again.   Your hotel marketing strategy on Google changed last week. Google's horizontal carousel display of...read more

Chinese Clients: What the World’s Biggest Spenders Are Looking for in Your Hotel

The buying power of Chinese travelers - both business and leisure -  is immense. A CNN report stated that these ultra-luxury travelers spent a record $102 billion on international travels. That amounts to about $1,230 each trip. So how are you attracting Chinese audiences to your hotel? Consider...read more

5 Reasons Why Planners Use CVB & Destination Apps

A wide open space of opportunity greets every planner at the beginning of the group event planning process. One of the biggest decisions is choosing the destination--an overwhelming task with many roads to choose from. Planners rely heavily on smartphones to keep informed and connected. Apps have...read more

6 Ways to Use Social Proof to Increase Hotel Group Bookings

Despite wanting to be unique, people are followers. We want to fit in. We want to try things that are popular. We want to know that others have been there, done that, before we actually try something. If a lot of your friends are raving about a new TV show, you’re more likely to watch it, too. Or,...read more

The Top 5 Emerging Hospitality Marketing Trends of 2014

What’s driving guest loyalty today? Which trends are gaining more and more leverage in the hospitality industry and in hotel marketing? What will help you increase hotel group bookings? For the answers, let’s turn to our friends across the pond. From experientialism to collaboration, the recent 2014...read more

How Heightened Emotions Bring Higher Hotel Revenues

When it comes to driving return visits and word-of-mouth (or word-of-mouse) hotel marketing, emotions matter. In fact, more than 70% of your guests’ experience depends on you meeting their emotional needs. How you and your staff make them feel is what creates the poignant memories that stick and...read more

The Must-Have Hotel Amenities to Win Guests' Hearts

It’s the little things that matter – especially to our hotel guests, meeting planners, and event attendees who come from near and far to stay with us and experience our property. So, what’s behind pulling off legendary customer service and review scores, even at the most basic of properties? It...read more

Storytelling Tips to Attract More Group Bookings

Annual conferences. Group reunions. Weddings. Nothing fills hotel rooms like an in-house group. Attendees and guests dine at your restaurant and bar. They book numerous rooms, sign up for spa treatments, order room service. Almost every outlet of your hotel sees a boost in revenue. If only we could...read more
10 Ways to Win More Group Business
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