Top 10 Breakout Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss at Cvent CONNECT 2016

Cvent CONNECT 2016 is quickly approaching, and we’ve put together an incredible lineup of speakers for our hospitality audience. Our breakout session topics range from emerging group business trends to new marketing tactics and expert planner panels. Keep reading for our list of the ten breakout...read more

Metrics that Matter: Marketing with Guest Personalization

Guest personalization in the hospitality industry is nothing new. Most hotels have big data at their fingertips, but are unaware how to leverage it for a more valuable hotel stay, while others are too overwhelmed on where to begin creating personalized experiences for their guests. Here are a few...read more

Social Selling: Turning Online Conversations into Offline Revenue

Selling is social. Always has been and always will be. However, today social selling has taken on new dimensions and formats. Now we’re tasked with building and maintaining relationships with clients via social media channels, like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For hotel sales people...read more

How Hotels Use Tech Perks to Increase Direct Bookings

Among tech-savvy travelers, there’s a perception that booking hotel stays through an online travel agency (OTA) such as Expedia or Hotels.com will give them the lowest rates. However, hospitality marketers know there is more to “value” than the price tag. Top hotel brands are fighting back against...read more

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,...read more

It Takes a Village: Resort Conference Center Fills Big Need in Tiny Town

Hotel conference centers are plentiful in big cities, but what happens when your property is located in what is basically a hamlet, and you're losing out on valuable group business to bigger facilities nearby? In the case of the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, a strategic expansion of...read 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 natural...read more

Strange Bedfellows Produce Profits: DMOs and Economic Development Agencies Pair Up

It may seem strange, but Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and Economic Development departments are working together to drive more business to their region or city. But is it really...all that odd?  According to a Destination Marketing Association International poll of 150 CEOs, 74% of DMOs...read 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 when...read more

What Venue Sourcing Criteria Do Hotels Have Control Over?

With the meetings and conventions industry generating a healthy $117 billion per year, it’s no wonder that hotels and venues across the globe are fighting for ways to differentiate themselves from the pack to snag more of that business. While many factors can impact a planners booking decision, you...read 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 like...read more

Gen Z: What Hoteliers Need to Know About the Next Generation of Travelers

While hotel executives have been fretting over the millennials, a new generation is growing up behind the scenes: Generation Z, born 1995 and beyond and making up about 25 percent of the U.S. population. Within the next three years, Gen Z’ers will be college grads and moving onto their first...read 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 from...read more

Must-Have Hotel Group Business Marketing Tools to Outdo Your Comp Set

Before you book business with a meeting planner, you first have to catch their eye. So, when it comes to putting together your marketing materials for group business, you can never get too creative. These FREE – or almost free – tools, as recommended by tech marketing speaker Beth Ziesenis, aka...read 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 the...read more

How Storytelling Leads to SMERF Weekend Business

Wobbly economies abroad means hotel sectors can anticipate decreased foreign travel. Hotels can make up for the shortfall by increasing group business. Even when the market is down, SMERF remains a reliable and stable source of group business to fill hotel rooms and meeting space. As Millenials...read more

How to Win Millennials Travelers Back from Airbnb

In just a few short years, Airbnb, VRBO and other homeshare services have become serious contenders in the competition for hospitality dollars--- game changers in a game where they get to play by their own rules. What started out as a lower cost alternative to traditional hospitality options has...read more

Why Online Reviews Determine Your Hotel Group Sales Success

By now, you’re well aware of how your guest reviews impact your leisure business. So, it shouldn’t be too much of a startling surprise to find out that those same reviews can also impact whether or not planners book business with you, too. With so much competition in marketing for group travel,...read 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 adding...read more

Why You May or May Not Be Attracting Millennials To Your Destination

Whether you understand how to market meeting venues to this demographic or not, now is not the time assume their destination demands are going to diminish. In fact, as Millennials mature their power is just going to increase. As a mother of two Millennials, I understand first-hand the challenges...read more
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