3 Things That Keep Hoteliers Up at Night

As your property prepares to wrap up its 2016 business, make sure you’re ready to take on 2017. Are you prepared to improve your lead generation, attract planners that...

Evaluating DMO Website Performance

Evaluating DMO Website Performance

As stated in the 2016 ADARA study, “DMOs and tourism boards are continuously tasked with justifying their overall spend and business impact, or return on investment (ROI). However, the media landscape is fragmented across channels and measurement capabilities, and these organizations have very little visibility into true travel outcomes.” ADARA’s Site Impact is a new


2017 Hotel Pricing: A Tale of Two Coasts

This post was originally featured on the Cvent’s Elite Meetings Blog, Meet Well. Research presented at the annual conference of the Global Business Travel Association this summer (July 15-20) in Denver presented a mixed picture of what planners could expect in the coming months when it comes to negotiating 2017 hotel rates. For North America,


Elite Meetings Alliance

3 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Miss The EMA

When like-minded people get together, great things can happen. The Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) is just that – an alliance, an event where top meeting and incentive planners form mutually beneficial relationships with leaders in the luxury hotel industry. “It doesn’t feel like there’s any sort of sales process that taking place, it’s a true


Destination Marketing

Part 3: The Destination Marketing X-Factor

In the third and final part of our Planner Wish List series, we’ll discuss how to master destination marketing and attract more meeting and event planners to your venue. In Rachel Andrews’ original post, she stressed the importance of the overall customer (and attendee) experience when choosing and planning a large event. The X-factor? Your


Hotel Marketing

Secrets to Filling Rooms During Your Slow Periods

Whether you’re a boutique property, an upscale resort, or anywhere in between, all hotels endure days, weeks, months when vacancies outnumber occupancies. Every hotel or resort has a slow period, an off-season when a hush falls over your property and your hotel marketing team is scrambling for ways to fill rooms. While we can all


Hotel Marketing Stunts

The Top 5 Nontraditional Hotel Marketing Stunts

If you’re perusing hotel websites as much as I am for a living, then you’re bound to come across some of the wittiest and off-the-cuff hotel marketing ideas on the planet. Whether completely out-of-the-box  or unprecedented versions of the box itself, these hospitality marketing strategies aren’t just selling rooms, they’re starting conversations. They’re standing out.


SMERF Community

Gaining SMERF Group Business Where You Live

You’ve heard the idiom, I “couldn’t see the forest for the trees.” Are you working your SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, Religious, Fraternal) market harder, not smarter, by missing the obvious? Who are the SMERFs among you? Let’s examine SMERF opportunities that hit you where you live. The SMERF Among Us Do you attend church or


hotel palm trees

What Successful Hotel Professionals Do Every Morning

There’s something that can be said about the way people start their day, particularly successful people. We can learn a lot from their routines. I tweeted talented hotel professionals to share their mourning routine. From hotel marketing and increasing group sales to hotel operations, it’s a diverse group of professionals. There isn’t an ideal routine


Hotel Strategy

40 Overused Words and Phrases to Avoid in Destination Marketing

It’s every hospitality marketing professional’s goal to stand out among the noise, and be the brand that rises to the top, sticks in peoples’ memories and creates an emotional response that drives a purchase. However, despite the best efforts of DMO Internet marketing teams to deliver that impact with “unique messaging,”  it’s falling on deaf