Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a Hotel GM vs. CEO

What’s different about living the day in a life of a GM vs. a CEO? I asked successful hotel professionals about their morning rituals. Then I encountered Paul Sistare, CEO and Founder of Atlantica Hotels International, previously a hotel general manager for Walt Disney World Resorts. Paul Sistare shared more than a morning ritual… he


Hotel Brochure

How to Make Your Hotel Brochures Irresistible

Even with the obvious demand for online hotel marketing materials, travelers and meeting planners still value printed pieces, especially the venerable hotel rack card. Who hasn’t gotten annoyed when you stop into a business to ask a question, and the staff simply responds, “Go to our website, you’ll find everything there”? While it’s true that


6 Tips for Hotel Calls-to-Action

Good writing is a powerful force when you’re advertising a meeting venue or working to increase hotel group business. Compelling copywriting attractions attention, keeps a meeting planner or hotel guest interested, and ultimately can lead them to book your property. Without crafty and smart copywriting in your ads, sales proposals, or emails, you’ll end up


OTA Marketing

The Secrets Behind a Winning OTA Strategy

There’s no denying that Online Travel Agencies (OTA) are marketing powerhouses. With cutting-edge technologies, targeted email lists with subscribers in the millions, and a talented team of hospitality professionals dispatched to every part of the globe, OTAs have a worldwide reach of traveler consumers that a hotel marketing team could only dream of. I chatted


City Taglines: Don’t Make These Mistakes

Beyond genius. Those are the words to describe the writers behind Las Vegas’ famous and oft-repeated tagline, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.” Who hasn’t succumbed to the wiles and wild ways of Sin City? That simple tagline means so much, in so many different ways, to all of us who have ever stepped


Hotel Exterior

How Boutique Hotels Get Creative in Marketing

Social media is one of the most popular ways boutique hotels can creatively market their businesses. The Roger Smith boutique hotel located in New York City became heavily involved in Twitter and started featuring “Tweetups,” where people of like-minded interests gather in person. It’s now considered one of the best places to host a social


Hotel SEO

6 Ways Hotels Can Tick Off Google

With all of your hotel marketing programs and practices, at the end of the day Google decides your hotel’s fate. This is why smart hotel marketers scramble to understand the newest set of rules set forth by each Google update. But, for every smart marketer who knows what quasi-SEO practices to stay away from, there


Hotel Ranking

Dissecting the Algorithm Behind Your Hotel’s Reviews and Rankings

How often do reviews play a role in guests or planners booking a hotel? Hotel guests read 6-12 reviews before booking, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. Interestingly, the survey states 77 percent usually or always reference TripAdvisor before selecting a hotel. This can be a frightful for hoteliers who have received a batch of


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 a majority of hotel marketing staff drop the ball. Most hotels send out a