Soundbites Archive

Soundbites is the 10-minute podcast for busy hoteliers looking to learn from their peers and other industry experts. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play, and watch on YouTube.

Annmarie on upcoming Taktikon metasearch webinar

Annmarie Gubanski's Interview

Another Revenue Forum webinar brought to you by Taktikon will be November 5th and cover metasearch.Guest: Annemarie, Taktikon Metasearch

Paulina from Drury

Paulina Levo's Soundbites Interview

Paulina Levo, Assistant General Manager, with Drury Hotels, joins me from St. Louis, Missouri. No Drury hotels have closed, so all the learning to function amid a pandemic happened on-the-fly.

Guest: Paulina Levo, Assistant General Manager, Drury Hotels

MCR buys StayNTouch

Jacob Messina's Soundbites Interview

Why did a hotel management company buy a PMS? Watch and find out!Guest: Jacob Messina, Vice President Digital Operations, MCR

Mike with Focal Revenue Solutions

Mike Medsker's Soundbites Interview

Mike, President and co-manager of Focal Revenue Solutions shares how he is optimistic about revenue optimization. Rethink business and becoming more strategic with revenue management with more integration of commercial disciplines.Guest: Mike Medsker, Focal Revenue Solutions

Harold's Soundbites Interview

Harold Henning Jr., Director of Hotel Revenue Management with Resort World Casinos, joins me from Jamaica, Queens, New York. Having re-opened a month ago, business is good, all things considered, with loyal guests clamoring to in.

Guest: Harold Henning Jr., Director of Hotel Revenue Management with Resort World Casinos

Nobu Gets an App with Sam, Dir Sales & Marketing

Sam Riches' Soundbites Interview

Sam Riches, Director of Sales & Marketing at the soon-to-open, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, joins me.

Nobu is coming out with a mobile app that I wanted to talk with Sam about.

Guest: Sam Riches, Director of Sales & Marketing, Nobu, London

Francisco, GM at Cliveden House outside London

Francisco Macedo's Soundbites Interview

Francisco Macedo FIH, GM, Cliveden House, joins me from outside London. Clivedon not only closed down for 3 months, but Francisco lived there to ensure all adjustments needed to re-open were in place.

Guest: Francisco Macedo FIH, GM, Cliveden House, London

Kristie, GM with The Dewberry Charlestown, in South Carolina

Kristie's Soundbites Interview

Kristie Santora Rasheed, CRME, General Manager of The Dewberry Charleston joins me from Charleston, South Carolina.

A luxury, independent property working to keep safe and profitable, Dewberry is now only open 5 days a week—close Mon afternoon and open Wed afternoon.

Guest: Kristie Santora Rasheed, CRME, General Manager, The Dewberry Charleston

Emanuele, Hotel Manager with HOTEL illuster, in Zurich, Switzerland

Emanuele's Soundbites Interview

Emanuele COSOMATI, Hotel Manager with HOTEL illuster coming to us from outside of Zurich, Switzerland. While Switzerland has been lauded as the model for managing the pandemic, their border country lockdowns have not helped their hotels.

Guest: Emanuele COSOMATI,, Hotel Manager Outside of Zurich

Corporate Event Status Amid COVID-19

Amy Bates' Soundbites Interview

It’s a real treat that a friend of mine is able to join me on Soundbites, someone I reconnected with on LinkedIn, someone I’ve not spoken with since leaving high school, Amy Bates, CEO of Bates Events.
Come to find out, Amy runs an events business in Arkansas. She talks about her experience, what her corporate clients are saying, and her take on moving forward.

Guest: Amy, CEO, Bates Events, Arkansas

Dana, VP Revenue & Distribution from CoralTree

Dana Cariss' Soundbites Interview

CoralTree is one of those rare instances amid the pandemic, finding themselves in a growth mode. 19 hotels in 6 different cities, with a mixture of resorts, conference centers, urban boutiques, and a couple of brands.

Guest:Dana Cariss, CRME, CHDM, VP of Revenue Strategy and Distribution at CoralTree Hospitality

Boutique Hotels Leveraging Live Entertainers’ Following

Jonathan's Interview with Soundbites

Jonathan Holcombe, Corporate Director Revenue Strategy & Distribution for Storey hotel joins me from San Francisco, California during my day of recording at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe. Mostly boutique properties in California, with a motor inn, currently leased out to the government for first responders, a property in Napa closed for renovation, and a larger, 255-room property, due to open in April 2021.

Guest: Jonathan Holcombe, Corporate Director Revenue Strategy & Distribution for Storey Hotel

Hotel Tech to Consider Even Amid a Pandemic

Adele's Interview on Soundbites

Adele Gutman Milne, CHDM, longtime VP of Sales, Marketing, and Revenue at Library Hotel Collection joins me from South Carolina. I’m coming to you from the magnificent, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston.

Adele is a native New Yorker, who studied dance in Houston, Texas, then hotel management.

Guest: Adele, Longtime VP of Sales at Library Hotel Collection

Resorts Have Faired Well Amid the Pandemic with Dustin, Sales Mgr, Margaritaville Lake Resort l Lake Conroe

Dustin Mathews Soundbites Interview

Resorts Have Faired Well Amid the Pandemic
I drive north of Houston, Texas, to sit down (socially distanced in the Jimmy Buffet suite!) with Dustin Mathews, Sales Manager with Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston, to talk about what he and his resort have been experiencing during the pandemic.As you might imagine, a resort, on a lake, just an hour’s drive from the 4th largest city in the United States, and 3.5/hr max drive from 20MM Texans, has done pretty well. Cooped up people around the state have flocked to the spacious venue to forget about the outside world, at least for a time.

Guest: Dustin Mathews, Sales Mgr, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe

Nicole Updates Us on SHR Revenue For Hire Clients

Update with Nicole Adair

It’s been awhile since our Director of Revenue Management Services, Nicole Adair, CRME, has joined me, and I wanted to see how our clients were doing amid the pandemic. Good news is, not too bad.

Guest: Nicole Adair, CRME, SHR

Bianca talks about the hotel tech stack amid COVID-19

Bianca Porto Barga gets nerdy, joining me from Los Angeles, California, to rapid-fire through the necessary technology—or seriously considered technology—for every hotel looking to work their way out of this mess. Hold on to your boots, she’s rolling fast!

Key technologies discussed: (PMS) Property Management System (CRS) Central Reservation System Channel Manager Booking Engine (RMS) Revenue Management System (CRM) Customer Relationship Manager Price check widget Chatbot Online reputation management Have a question about these? DM Bianca (or myself) and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Guest: Bianca Porto Barga

Opening a Hotel Amid a Pandemic with Stephanie from Nobu Hotel

Stephanie Wan's Interview

Opening a hotel amid a pandemic?! Well, yes, and Stephanie Wan, Front House Manager and on the pre-open team, for Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, gives us some insight on why and how.

Stephanie was moving from her Barcelona hotel to start the pre-open for Nobu when the pandemic hit. While a it’s been a tricky few months, like most hoteliers, she is resilient.

Guest: Stephanie Wan, Front House Manager NOBU Hotel London

Where Do We Go From Here With Dan Wacksman

Dan Wacksman's Soundbites Interview

Dan Wacksman, CHDM, CRME, CHBA, Chair of HSMAI Marketing Advisory Board and Principal at Sassato LLC joins me while quarantining in New York City.

I ask Dan, ‘Where do we go from here?’

Guest: Dan Wacksman, CHDM, CRME, CHBA

Tom Finn, Revenue Management Recruiter

Tom Finn's Soundbites Interview

Thomas Finn joins me. Director at Edwards & Finn, a revenue management recruiter, coming to us from New Castle, England.

Guest: Tom Finn, Revenue Management Recruiter, New Castle

Wilco, VP Global Revenue & Digital Strategy with Kempinski Hotel

Wilco's Interview on Soundbites

Wilhelm K. Weber, VP Global Revenue and Digital Strategy with Kempinski Hotels, joins me from Switzerland. I had the pleasure to be recording at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Kempinski is a diverse portfolio of luxury and iconic hotels, both city and resort.

Guest: Wilhelm K. Weber, VP Global Revenue and Digital Strategy, Kempinski Hotels, Switzerland

Rachael from The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa

Rachael Larson's Soundbites Interview

Rachael Larson, Group Sales Manager, joins me in her hotel, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.
Her first day of work, was the day Houston’s mayor gave our first ‘stay at home’ order—didn’t even have her email address yet.
After a temporary close, the hotel is back open, and booking rooms.

Guest: Rachael Larson, Group Sales Mgr, The Houstonian, Houston, Texas

Priya, VP Revenue Management, Benchmark Hospitality

Priya's Soundbites Interview

I am joined by Priya Chandnani, Vice President Revenue Management for BENCHMARK, A Global Hospitality Company, coming to us from New Jersey.

Once again, I’m recording in the amazing The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

With 43 hotels, mostly independent, and primarily in North America, residing in different states, with differing governmental restrictions, the first thing Priya’s team did was, ‘accept their circumstances.’

Guest: Priya Chandnani, Vice President Revenue Management, Benchmark Hospitality

Hospitality Job Market Amid a Pandemic

Jeremy Nichols' Soundbites Interview

Jeremy Nichols, CPC with Gecko Hospitality (Corporate) joins me from Tampa Bay, Florida.
Jeremy gives us some insight into the hospitality job market–bleak, but not dead.Guest: Jeremy Nichols, CPC with Gecko Hospitality, Tampa Bay, Florida

Alyssa, Sales & Marketing Mgr, Compass Hospitality

Alyssa Milton's Soundbites Interview

Alyssa Milton, Sales & Marketing Manager, with Compass Hospitality, joins me from Cardiff, Wales.
She talks about Compass’s 39 hotels located in the U.K., Thailand, and Malaysia.

Guest: Alyssa Milton, Sales & Marketing Manager, with Compass Hospitality

Leanne from Rosewood Hotels and Resorts – Bangkok

Leanne with Rosewood Interview

Another amazing woman hotelier! Leanne, Cluster Director Sales & Marketing, with Rosewood Bangkok joins me to talk about her experience and their amazing hotel and spa.

Guest: Leanne, Cluster Director Sales & Marketing, with Rosewood Bangkok

Revenue Manager Job Market in the UK Amid the Pandemic

Derek Brewster's Interview on Soundbites

Spent some time with Derek Brewster, CRME, Director of Revenue Management with Lotte New York Palace NY Palace.

Despite my horrible audio 😭—does anyone else have problems with Zoom where you hear no crackle, but there is indeed—crackle?!, we did have a good talk about his hotel and, news flash, in spite of recent reports, New York City is not dead.

Guest: Derek Brewster, Director of Revenue MGt. at Lotte New York Place

Christian, Group Operations Director, St. Pancras Hotel Group, London

Chirstian Kaberg's Soundbites Interview

Christian Kaberg SJS, Group Operations Director at St Pancras Hotels Group Limited, joins me from London.Guest: Christian Kaberg SJS, Group Operations Director at St Pancras Hotels Group

Ryan, VP Revenue Management & E-Commerce, Palm Holdings, Ontario

Ryan with Palm Holding Interview

Ryan MacDonald joins me from Toronto, Canada. He is the VP of Revenue Management and E-Commerce at Palm Holdings. Palm is a collection of hotels: branded in the U.S. and Canada, and independent in the U.K.

Guest: Ryan MacDonald, VP Revenue Management & E-Commerce

Shelley Williams with Hard Rock in Atlantic City

Shelley Williams Interview

I am joined by Shelley Williams, Vice President of Sales for the Atlantic City Hard Rock Hotel and Casino while recording at Valencia Group Hotel’s College Station, Texas property, The George.The hotel and casino closed down in March by governor order, putting over 26,000 people out of work, but the Hard Rock family lived up to their motto, ‘Love all, serve all,’ by giving out gift cards to help during the pandemic.Guest: Shelley Williams with Hard Rock in Atlantic City

Khristina Ridge, Group Revenue Manager, JMK Group Hotels, Ireland

Khristina Ridge's Interview

Khristina Ridge, Group Revenue Manager for JMK Group joins me from Dublin, Ireland while I’m located in a Valencia Hotel Group, The George, in College Station, Texas, home of my alma mater, Texas A&M University.Guest: Khristina Ridge, Group Revenue Manager, JMK Group Hotels

Olivia with O’Donoghue Ring Hotels

Olivia Frawley's Soundbites Interview Video

Olivia Frawley, Director of Sales & Marketing, with O’Donoghue Ring Hotels, joins me from Ireland. Once again, I’m coming to you from a Valencia Hotel Group property, The George, a hotel in College Station, Texas, home of my alma mater.

It’s been a tough road for the Irish, like most of us, but they’re a resilient bunch and making their way now that travel is beginning its rebound.

Guest: Olivia with O’Donoghue Ring Hotels

Ivan from Alannia Resorts, Spain

Ivan Corzo Soundbites Interview Video

Ivan Corzo, Director of Sales at Alannia Resorts, joins me from southern Spain. Ivan’s first day on the job with Alannia was the day Spain shut everything down. 😲 But he’s got himself on-track as well as the hybrid resorts which are doing well given their offering of stand-alone bungalows, glamping tents, and caravan campsites. Just what the doctor ordered amid a pandemic.

Guest: Ivan Corzo, Director of Sales, Alannia Resorts

Jessica from The George Hotel

Another amazing woman in hospitality joins me, Jessica Wells, Group Sales Manager for Valencia Hotel Group’s, The George and Calvary Court hotels. Both across the street from each other and my alma mater, Texas A&M University.

We practiced social distancing at a very long boardroom table. Jessica and the staff bleed hospitality, doing what it takes to get through the pandemic while giving her guests a great experience.

Guest: Jessica from The George Hotel

Revenue Hacks

Women in Hospitality and Travel Technology
Watch more interviews like this one at
#hotelrevenuemanagement #hoteltech #hotelrmsGuest: Khristina Ridge, Olga Sommer, Susanne Williams, and Ally Northfield

Christine, EVP Sales & Revenue at Aparium Hotel Group

Here’s the 2nd half of Christine Lawson’s interview–EVP Sales & Revenue, Aparium Hotel Group. If you missed part one, go to, Christine sees more of the same for the rest of 2020.
We need a vaccine!!
#hoteltech #hotelrmsGuest: Christine Lawson, EVP Sales & Revenue at Aparium Hotel Group

Christine Saleh, Hotel Dalata Group

Watch more interviews like this one at out our revenue-generating applications:
Windsurfer CRS
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Maverick CRM…#hotelrevenuemanagement
#hotelrmsGuest: Christine Saleh, Hotel Dalata Group

Angela from Rockliffe Hall Hotel, England

A golf and spa resort hotel in the England countryside, Angela, the hotel’s Corporate Sales & Events Executive, has had to pivot from selling corporate gigs to golf outings and spa packages due to the ongoing pandemic.

Guest: Angela from Rockliffe Hall Hotel, England

Robin from STR Europe

Robin from STR Europe
Robin Rossman, Managing Director, STR, joins me from Europe to talk about its recovery efforts, the slowdown, and the long haul to recovery.

Guest: Robin from STR Europe

Diego from Palladium in Ibiza

Diego Fernandez Perez De Ponga, the Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Palladium Hotel Group, joins me from Ibiza.

Guest: Diego Fernandez Perez De Ponga, Palladium Hotel Group

Where Marketing Meets Revenue and Distribution with Alessandro

Alessandro, the Direct Booking Coach, talks about a couple of case studies he presented at ARMA’s latest Revenue Management Summit, during his presentation entitled, ‘Where Marketing meets Revenue and Distribution.’Guest: Alessandro, the Direct Booking Coach

Marcella from the Yucatan Peninsula

Formerly with Malia, Michelangelo Resort, Blue Diamond, and more, Marcella is a seasoned-operations professional.

Guest: Marcella

Laura, Regional Director of Revenue, with Mr. C Hotels

Laura is the Regional Director of Revenue and Distribution for the luxury brand, Mr. C Hotels, who works out of Miami, but had traveled to New York City at the time of the interview. She talks about her entry into NYC, and what her experience has been over the past few months, starting with cancellations in February, all the way to today’s slow opening.

Guest: Laura Bombardi, Regional Director of Revenue, Mr. C Hotels

Your hotel’s group business amid a pandemic

She’s back! Bianca Porto Barga joins me again, and brings a friend, Paula Ruthenberg, Director of Group Sales, with One&Only Resorts. We talk about group sales amid a pandemic. That’s right! Group sales. There’s an angle here that is working and these two pros break it down for us.

Guest: Paula Ruthenberg, Director of Group Sales, One&Only Resorts and Bianca Porto Barga, formerly VP of Distribution at Luxe Collection Hotels

Cypriana with Sandals in St. Lucia

Cypriana George, Services Manager with Sandals Resorts International, joins me from St. Lucia. With 6 hotels open on the island, the Caribbean is showing signs of re-opening. Cypriana has some good advice for hoteliers out there: 🗹 stay vigilent 🗹 make sure safety protocols are up to par 🗹 stay in touch with staff, make sure they are okay.Guest: Cypriana George, Services Manager, Sandals Resorts International

Tori from Omni Chicago

Tori from the Omni Interview

This Sales Manager might be young and inexperienced, but she’s taking this pandemic with grit and thoughtfulness. With many employees from the hotel gone, including 10 from her own team, she’s doing jobs around the hotel she never thought she’d be doing, but appreciating the experience of knowing how things work and get done. Chicago is slowly starting to open, and while corporate and group business is going to take a while to come back, Tori is resolute.

Guest: Tori Engle, Sales Manager, Omni Chicago Hotel

Be looking over your rate strategy–and here comes 2021!

As VP of Distribution, Performance, and Membership for Luxe Collection Hotels, Bianca Porto Barga, was seeing the COVID-19 storm coming out of Asia as early as last December, and was putting together a plan. But, before she could put the plan into action, all of Luxe’s senior leaders were let go. While she may be another hospitality victim of COVID-19, Bianca presses on and wanted to pass along a few ‘distribution-marketing’ action items from her plan for those hoteliers still at work, like check your rates, explore your rate strategy and don’t forget 2021.

Guest: Bianca Porto Barga, Distribution, Revenue Management, Sales and Digital Marketing Executive

Olga, award-winning revenue specialist, from the U.K.

Olga Sommer MIH, SJS, the award-winning, revenue management specialist, joins me to talk about the U.K. market. Formerly with Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Rocco Forte Hotels, Firmdale Hotels PLC, The Westbury Mayfair, A Luxury Collection Hotel, London, and more, Olga brings a wealth of experience. She’s got some good advice for hoteliers as we continue recovery.

Guest: Olga Sommer MIH, SJS, the award-winning, revenue management specialist

Canadian resort paints picture of recovery

After shutting down for more than two months, Long Beach Lodge opened June 3. Their Director of Revenue Management, Heather Riddick, tells how the hotel’s recovery included the resort posting 62% occupancy that same month.

Guest: Heather Riddick, Director of Revenue Management, Long Beach Lodge Resort

Jan from the boutique hotel, Orania, in Berlin

Berlin is opening up and on its way to recovery, and Jan, Orania’s Director of Revenue and Reservations, is seeing bookings, mostly domestic. The hotel is drawing the locals in with their Michelin star recipient chef, Philipp Vogel. Jan talks about what he sees for Berlin in the next few months and gives a little advice for other hoteliers.Guest: Jan Brettschneider, Director of Revenue & Reservation, Orania Berlin

Amanda from Solay, the resort chair & cabana reservation app

No better time than now, amid COVID-19, for Solay, the mobile app that allows guests to reserve a resort lounge chair or cabana, real-time. Amanda’s new venture also provides hotels a back-end dashboard to manage inventory block out dates, pricing, and, oh yes, accommodate social distancing requirements. Learn more at Amanda Abbott, CEO, Solvay

Linda from Latvia

Linda Dumpe is a digital marketer from Latvia, went to Spain, and began building her agency, that is until COVID-19 hit. She’s back in Latvia and finding her way with the hotels that are re-opening there. Hotels are slowly starting to re-open, with international travelers visiting Riga, and hotels outside the capital targeting staycations. She tells us August is predicted to be a big month for travel in the U.K., even with travel abroad search terms down by half, there’s a 103% increase in U.K. travel searches.

Guest: Linda Dumpe, Founder, Digital Strategist, Latvia

A Travel Advisor’s take on travel amid COVID-19

A travel advisor who plays mostly in the luxury space, Albert is seeing some hotels really doing well, in particular, those offering premium rooms. He’s impressed with hotels staying on top of the travel advisor community in order to communicate their offers effectively. He brings a perspective on MICE, and how guests are booking. Listen in.

Guest: Albert Andrew Valera, Travel Consultant & Founder of Everything Travel Guy, Miami

An Events Manager talks recovery from COVID-19’s impact on travel

Karolina is the Events Manager at Hotel Arłamów, in Poland. The leisure hotel shut down for a bit, but re-opened a few weeks back and is seeing strong bookings due to restrictions being lifted on pools and spas, and hey, it’s summertime.

Guest: Karolina Borowiec, Event Manager, Hotel Arłamów, Poland

Metasearch 101 amid COVID-19

Are hoteliers using metasearch amid the COVID-19 recovery? If so, how effectively? Dorian answers these questions along with what you need to know about metasearch: 1. Understand where your travelers are coming from, 2. Understand which types of travelers they are, 3. Choose the right platform, 4. Be present online.

Guest: Dorian Wilson Debriano, Chief Commercial Office, MyHotelShop, Germany

Alternative revenue streams from your hotel amid COVID-19

Last week John posted on LinkedIn about his hotel in New York City providing ground flow space to pop-up retailers, and, I thought, I need to talk to this guy.

Guest: John Knowles, Co-owner, the Robert Smith Hotel, New York City

Scott talks about closing his hotel

Was all set to talk to Scott about the re-opening of his hotel when his owners called the night before to tell him they made the difficult decision to remain closed amid COVID-19. A tough but candid discussion.

Guest: Scott Ward, Director of Sales & Marketing, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao

Shona talks revenue management amid COVID-19 recovery

Shona Whitehead, from Cogent Blue Ltd, out of England, talks with us about the U.K. hotel re-opening and revenue management amid COVID-19 recovery.Guest: Shona Whitehead, Managing Partner, Cogent Blue Ltd, England

Kristen from Hilton

Formerly a Hilton performance brand manager, Kristen, saw the negative effects of COVID-19 coming to the US early on. Hilton was able to prepare their US properties with sanitation guidelines as well as providing discounts to front line workers. With occupancy rates starting to climb, she is seeing about a 1/3 of the US is traveling–leisure travelers. She recommends auditing all your digital channels and marketing promotions, leaving nothing to chance.

Guest: Kristen Bowen, formerly Hilton’s Manager, Strategic Training & Content Management, Tennessee

Hotel marketing amid COVID-19

Loss of staff, limited know-how, no budget, what’s a hotel to do about marketing amid the pandemic? Katie Hokin gives us some tips.Guest: Katie Hokin, Founder & Director, AccomBoost, Gold Coast, Queensland

Sanna with View Hotels in Melbourne

Director of Sales at View Hotels, a collection of 4-star, boutique hotels, talks with us about how their hotels have fared amid COVID-19. While not having to close, they’ve kept busy installing a new PMS, general clean up, and finalizing a re-branding effort. They’re patiently waiting for states to open up travel, and sports to come back.Guest: Sanna Griffin, Director of Sales, View Hotels, Melbourne

I talk with Amy Ogden, co-creator of, a site where hotels have the flexibility to promote any offer they want, from gift cards to add-ons, and more.Guest: Amy Ogden, Founder, The Collective, New York

Will hotels compete with vacation rentals?

How are hotels going to compete with the current advantages of vacation rentals brought on by COVID-19? A hotel’s cancellation policy? Exterior entry or corridor? Cleanliness guarantees? 10 local restaurants delivery vs eating-in every meal? Social distant entertainment, like we are seeing in Sweden? And, how could we get through a chat without mentioning Google? We couldn’t.

Guest: Charlie Osmond, Chief Tease, Triptease
Nicole Adair, Director of Revenue Management Services, SHR
Andrew Warner, CMO, Digital Hotelier

Google Hotel Ads ‘pay-per-stay.’

Andrew explains the changes to Google Hotel Ads a new ‘pay-per-stay’ policy, possibly an advantage for hoteliers who are offering flexible cancellation policies. But, there are caveats. And, vacation rentals are defecting from Airbnb, working with OTAs, and even developing their own booking engines.Guest:d
Charlie Osmond, Chief Tease, Triptease
Nicole Adair, Director of Revenue Management Services, SHR
Andrew Warner, CMO, Digital Hotelier

The strength of extended stay and recovery amid COVID-19

Chris talks about the current strength of extended stay and economy class hotels, how low staff levels are hurting hotel performance, how vendors and consultants need to be there for these hotels, and the big question marks around LNR segment.

Guest: Chris Baggett, President, Canyon Creek Lodging, Texas

Catching up with Becky with IDM in Wisconsin

Caught up with IDM Hospitality Management’s Becky Rogers to hear how her independent boutique hotels and staff have been doing. Highlights: – 9 hotels, 9 cities, 5 states. – Bookings are starting to trickle in. – The marketing message is about comfort, not $. – Group business? Banquet staff? – Boutique = nimble and cater to the one. – Authority of the staff present. – Staff update. – Domestic travel… and, more!

Guest: Becky Rogers, VP of Operations, IDM Hospitality Management, Wisconsin

A Hotel’s Digital Appearance & Revenue Management

Revenue Manager, Alex Cao, breaks down the importance of a hotel’s digital appearance and the impact it has on executing their revenue management strategy.

Guest: Alex Cao, Director of Revenue Management, SHR

It’s Consortia Season! What Your Hotel Needs To Do, Now!

Luz sits down with Jason to talk about considerations for getting ready for the 2020 RFP season, what’s working for the hotels and how they are standing out among their competition.

Guest: Luz Harvey, Consortia Manager, SHR

5 Things Every Hotel Should Do To Prep for Summer Season

Maila joins the show with a critical list for any hotel gearing up for the summer season.

Guest: Maila Wali, Client Success Manager, SHR

Booking the Transformative Traveler via Travel Agents and the GDS

Spend 3 minutes with Matt and Jason as they break down the ‘transformative traveler’ and how hotels can leverage travel agents and the GDS to book these adventures.

Guest: Matt Braddy, Key Client Success Manager, SHR

How to choose an RMS with Zoltan from Danubius

From the size of your vendor to the length of time for a suitable pilot program, Danubius Hotel Group’s Group Director of Revenue and Distribution, Zoltán Bogár’, walks us through selecting your next RMS.

Guest: Zoltán Bogár’, Group Director of Revenue and Distribution, Danubius Hotel Group

How to Automate Your Revenue Management Without an RMS!

Not buying a revenue management system anytime soon? Here’s a quick breakdown, from SHR’s Corporate Director of Revenue Management, of what your hotel should consider when automating the execution of your pricing strategy.

Guest: Nicole Adair, Corporate Director of Revenue Management

Metasearch. It is a big deal!

Client Success Manager, Jessica, joins Jason to chat about why metasearch continues to be a great option for independent hotels.

Guest: Jessica Hobson, Client Success Manager, SHR

Choose a Tech Vendor Who Shares Your Values

Meet Amanda, HSMAI’s Arizona Professional of the Year 2017, and a major player in the development of GreenTree Hospitality Group. She says, “who we partner with has a direct and powerful impact on our franchisees, and how they see our capabilities in helping them.” You can read all about her journey, state of hotel tech, the CRS, vendor selection and on-boarding, and more in here.

Guest: Amanda Saye, VP of Franchise Operations, GreenTree Hospitality Group

Combating Rate Parity With Ian Kemp

Ian Kemp Combating Rate Interview

Jason cites interesting stats from RateGain research that highlights how bad rate parity remains for hotels and Ian Kemp, Director of Client Success at SHR, provides a little advice on how to manage.

Guest: Ian Kemp, Director of Client Success, SHR

Getting the Most Out of Your PMS-CRS Integration

PMS data access and use is huge for hotels! But, how many systems must you hunt through to locate the data that means the most? Jesse gives our audience tips on getting the most out of your PMS-CRS data exchange.

Guest: Jesse Parks, Key Client Success Manager, SHR

Selecting Your Hotel Tech Stack With Craig From The Durham Hotel

The Durham Hotel’s Director of Sales & Marketing passes along the most valuable advice he’s received regarding selecting the technology that runs his hotel.

Guest: Craig Shipley, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Durham Hotel

Managing 9 Hotels Without a Revenue Manager

Becky helps me tease our latest Client Spotlight, IDM Hospitality Management, by answering the question, ‘How does IDM manage 9 properties without a Revenue Manager? Read about Becky and IDM here.

Guest: Becky Rogers, VP of Operations of IDM Hospitality Management

Talking Google Hotel Ads With Nathan

Client Success Manager, Nathan, talks about the huge impact Google Hotel Ads is making for hotels.

Guest: Nathan Nokes, Key Client Success Manager, SHR

Put OTAs to Work For Your Hotel

SHR’s VP of Marketing, Jason Emanis, talks OTAs and a proper channel mix for independent hotels with Matt Braddy.

Guest: Matt Braddy, Key Client Success Manager, SHR

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