HSMAI Boston December 2016 Newsletter
Thank you for exploring our most recent newsletter and for your continued support of HSMAI Boston.
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Thank you to everyone that joined us last week for our holiday networking event. It was a great opportunity for us all to reflect on 2016, connect with new and old friends and starting thinking about 2017.
Thank you also to David Fox Photographer for joining us and offering free headshots to all of our attendees. David also took some great photos of the event that you can explore through the link below.
Please join us on the morning of Thursday January 26, 2017 as we welcome John Hach, Senior Industry Analyst, from TravelClick. John will share insights and advice on how hotels can maximize RevPAR as we kickoff 2017.
For more than a decade, HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Strategy Conference has delivered the most compelling and comprehensive digital marketing event for the hotel industry, and convenes key stakeholders to address the most critical trends affecting digital marketing in hotels today. It is where senior leaders in hotel marketing connect and engage in meaningful, thought-provoking conversations about the most important strategic issues facing the business.
Thank you and congratulations to our new and renewing members.
Melanie Alexander Tanionos – President – MAAC Group/The
Agnes Hayes – Director of Operations – Inn at Hastings Park/The
Debbie Tappan – Director of Revenue – Colonnade Hotel/The
Corinne Valentine – Director of Revenue Management – Loews Boston Hotel
Erik Browning – VP Business Consulting – Rainmaker Group/The
Katie Davin, CHE, CHSE – Associate Professor – Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Neal Fegan, CRME – Executive Director of Revenue Management – FRHI Hotels & Resorts
David Fox – David Fox Photographer
Kathleen Hanefeld, CHSP – Senior Sales Director – Smarter Travel
Barth Leins – Vice President, Revenue and Distribution – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation
Suzanne Shaw – Director – Yale University Conferences & Events
Scott Weiler – Vice President of Marketing & Communications – Sonesta International Hotels
Congratulations to the following people and properties that are making moves across Greater Boston. If you have any news, promotions, job changes, recognition, and renovations that we should know about please send an email to Julie Parent at info@BostonHSMAI.org.
People on the Move:
Julie Campisani – Area Director of Revenue Management – Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
(Moved from Providence Biltmore, Curio Collection by Hilton)
Peter Sula – Director of Sales & Marketing – Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
(Previously: Director of Corporate Travel – The Liberty)
Susan Rueckel – Associate Director of Sales – Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
(Previously: Group Sales Manager – The Colonnade Hotel)
Chris Savarese, CRME – Director of Revenue Management – The Langham, Boston
(Previously: Reservations Revenue Manager – Boston Harbor Hotel)
Tyrone Fu – Director of Revenue Management – Revere Hotel
(Previously: Area Director of Revenue Management – Fairmont Copley Plaza)
Tom DesLauriers – Reservations Manager – Boston Harbor Hotel
Bridget Metcalfe – Revenue & Front Office Manager – Concord’s Colonial Inn
David Hardjosuwito – Director of Group Room Sales – Crowne Plaza Boston Woburn
(Previously: Director of Revenue Management – Wyndham Boston Chelsea)
New Hotel Openings:
AC Hotel Boston Cambridge – September 2016
Residence Inn Boston Watertown – September 2016
Best Western PLUS Hotel Tria – NOW: Hotel Tria (Independent)
Over the course of this year, the HSMAI Boston Chapter has produced seven excellent local events. As members, you can attend these events at a significantly discounted rate. Along with that benefit, there are many other benefits to membership like weekly insights from sales, marketing, and revenue optimization experts, best practices and case studies from the industry’s top marketers, customer market and business knowledge from HSMAI programs, internships, job fairs, and participation in HSMAI chapter boards and programs and access to current hospitality resources, publications and educational program content to support and compliment academic course work.
Demystifying the Digital Marketplace
As the ever-evolving Internet and new technologies continue to develop and grow, the hospitality digital marketplace is shifting for travelers and the industry alike, from the consolidation of traditional online travel agencies (OTAs), new booking platforms enabled by digital connectivity, and the intermediation of group sales to the monetization of search engines. It’s become clear that technology is the silent force of change and new advances are driving consumer behavior. These innovation disruptors have created strategic challenges that the hotel industry cannot ignore. It is critical that the hotel industry understands the trends and costs of the distribution revolution that is underway in order to leverage growth and effectiveness, consumer relationships and legislative action.
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The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Sheraton Boston Hotel, American Express, Massport, Macy’s, and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, held a workshop on December 9 to share insights and analysis related to the rapidly growing inbound market to Boston from China.