At the 2019 HEDNA Global Distribution Conference held on January 30 in Los Angeles, I moderated a panel discussion with key industry figures in hotel revenue management who discussed and offered their take on a number of hot topics trending today in the hospitality distribution landscape, including rogue wholesalers and its impact on the hotel industry; static and dynamic rates and its upsides and downsides; segment of Chinese inbound travelers; loyalty in distribution and its impact on direct booking; and the rise of voice-activated devices in hotel rooms.
The panelists also reflected on the state of the industry, sharing major developments in 2018 and what to watch for in 2019.
Watch the full video of the panel discussion.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Moderator and panelists include (from left to right): Greg Duff, Firm Chair and Principal of Garvey Schubert Barer; Calvin Anderson, Head of Commercial of OYO Rooms; Andrew Rubinacci, SVP, Revenue & Distribution of Omni Hotels & Resorts; and Monica Xuereb, Chief Revenue Officer of Loews Hotels & Resorts.
I’m pleased to introduce guest author Sam Engel, from BrandVerity. BrandVerity provides services that detect online brand and trademark abuse for a variety of industries including hospitality. Sam spoke recently to members of our Hospitality, Travel and Tourism team at our monthly meeting. We’re grateful that Sam has offered to now share his experience and knowledge with our readers. Welcome, Sam, and thank you for today’s post. – Greg
Greg Duff founded and chairs Foster Garvey’s national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism group. His practice largely focuses on operations-oriented matters faced by hospitality industry members, including sales and marketing, distribution and e-commerce, procurement and technology. Greg also serves as counsel and legal advisor to many of the hospitality industry’s associations and trade groups, including AH&LA, HFTP and HSMAI.