2015's Best Local & Authentic Meeting Experiences to Offer Planners

In just a few short years, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in the way meeting spaces and group experiences are being created, marketed, and sold. Event attendees are increasingly seeking more local and more authentic experiences, and less ‘touristy’ itineraries, as part of their conference...read more

Why Hotels Are Shifting and Launching New Brands to Attract a Certain Traveler Demographic

Curating local immersive experiences for guests isn’t a new trend. The hotel industry has been moving toward this for a number of years. For instance, the F&B movement known as farm-to-table (circa early 2000s), where local food makes it to the hotel’s banquet table and restaurant, is an...read 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:  ...read more

Hotels Winning at Bleisure Marketing

  Mixing business with leisure while on the road is not a new concept for travelers attending meetings. What IS new is how the hospitality industry targets these travelers when marketing meeting venues and marketing hotels online. After all, what hotel wouldn’t want their guests to extend their...read 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 have...read more

3 Ways to DO IT RIGHT! at Family Friendly Conferences!

Group events that include families are on the rise in 2015. A healthier economy is nudging accounting departments to loosen organizations' purse strings and make it easier to include spouses and children on conference invitations. In "Family Matters," Rachel Carter's article in Small Market...read more

Examples of How Hotels Attract Planners With Wellness & Fun-Focused Activities

Take a walk down your hotel’s hallways at the end of the day, and it's easy to spot guests who are there for meetings. Besides their obvious business attire, meeting attendees most likely look shell-shocked and haggard. Hours and days spent in conference rooms, perpetually plugged in, absorbing...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

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

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

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

Hotel Perks That Convince Guests to Book Direct

Most hoteliers see partnering with an OTA as a necessary evil.  Listing your hotel’s room inventory on an OTA can indeed reach millions of eyeballs, but not without you having to give up 20-30 percent in commission fees. So, what’s a hotel to do when marketing hotels online? The answer lies in...read more

How to Make Your Hotel Website Increase Group Business On Your Behalf

Your group sales team may be great at wooing and selling to meeting and convention planners, but can you rely on your marketing assets – such as your Website – to do the same? Similar to how your sales team is trained to provide solutions for your clients, the meeting planning section of your...read more

Unspoken Rules of Connecting with Online Influencers in the Travel Industry

You have endless options for marketing hotels online  — so what’s the best bet for increasing your hotel marketing reach? My suggestion is to play it old school and go back to the original way people would hear of great places and products: Word of mouth. Online influencers are the authoritative...read more

NEW Research: How Do Event Planners Choose a Venue?

There’s a lot of market research about how consumers make personal purchasing decisions. Apart from that discussion, you’ll find research about how people make B2B purchases, such as a planner booking a venue for group business. I find it interesting that the research appears to remain separate. Is...read more

8 Ways to Use Your Hotel’s Post-Stay Email To Your Advantage

If you’re like most hotel marketers, you dedicate most of your marketing chops to building your hotel’s brand, luring travelers to choose your hotel with carefully chosen copy, internet hotel advertising and engaging marketing campaigns. But, what happens after the guest checks out? This is where ...read more

Not So Random Factors for Hotel Website Conversion

Let’s face the facts.    Not every planner who visits a hotel website is going to book or be intrigued enough to submit an RFP. That’s why it’s extremely important for hotel marketers to be cutting-edge and always asking your clients powerful questions about their buying decisions. Factors such as...read more

Google Introduces Business Photos, Wallet and Indoor Maps to Help Hotels Market Themselves

Google is expanding its hospitality presence and making it hard for hotel marketing staff to turn away from these innovative concepts. In fact, four hotel chains are on board with Google's latest offerings in hope that these apps will help with their online hotel marketing efforts.  Best Western...read more
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