SynXis Revenue and Distribution Summits focus on best practices during a down economy
SOUTHLAKE, Texas, 21 May – Measuring the effectiveness of online marketing activities was the number one concern expressed by hoteliers at a series of summits hosted recently by SynXis, the Sabre Holdings business that provides complete hotel distribution and Internet marketing services globally.
More than 250 of SynXis’ customers attended five global revenue and distribution summits around the world to share ideas and best practices for staying competitive in a difficult economic environment. Summits were held in Washington DC, Denver, London and Hong Kong, with a special session for gaming properties in Las Vegas, with each discussing regional trends.
SynXis customers including chains, independent hotels, casinos and value-added resellers gathered to listen to SynXis experts speak on the topics of: revenue management, pricing strategy, GDS marketing and Internet marketing, including strategies for leveraging social media as a distribution channel. Throughout the summits customers were polled on a variety of topics and the presentations were adjusted to address the specific outcomes. Several notable trends emerged:
• Where there once was a clear delineation between revenue management and marketing responsibilities, it appears a convergence is taking place with two-thirds of the attendees responding that they oversee and/or influence both revenue management and marketing activities.
• In every region, one of the top three biggest areas of concern was measuring the effectiveness of online marketing activities; yet less than a quarter of the attendees use web analytics or reporting as an integral part of their daily business.
• Other top areas of concern for the attendees included: competitive actions, business mix and shorter booking windows. These concerns were consistent throughout all regions.
• More than half of the attendees have experimented with social media for their hotels as they search in this environment for a form of differentiation, increased customer loyalty, and incremental bookings.
Based on these survey results, each regional event was customized for that audience’s need, with the end goal being a focus on what each participant can do to immediately generate incremental revenue for their property.
“We found the day enormously beneficial – a day very well executed. The talks were relevant, topical and informative,” commented Duncan Bramwell, managing director for Distribution and Revenue Management Specialists. “Certainly with this sort of initiative SynXis is demonstrating how it can sell more than just a technology solution; a powerful point of differentiation and advantage.”
“The traditional marketing role has evolved and is today, more fiscally accountable than ever before,” said Bruce Hyatt, vice president, marketing and strategy for SynXis. “Marketing initiatives need to return a good level of investment and there is a lot of pressure to find new ways and new technology to make and save money for the company. An integrated marketing and distribution strategy is paramount in achieving this success; and SynXis has invested significantly in capabilities that enable us to be not just a technology provider but a true marketing partner to our hotel customers.”
SynXis, a Sabre Holdings company, provides complete distribution and Internet marketing services and technology for hotels around the world. SynXis connects hotels with their guests through increased exposure via all channels including GDS, third party travel sites and the hotel’s own website. SynXis operates full-service global call centers offering private label reservation services. SynXis is the technology source for thousands of hotels, resorts, and destinations, including: Harrah’s, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, The Peninsula Hotels & Resorts, Millennium Copthorne, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts and Jumeirah Hotels.
SynXis’ corporate headquarters is in Southlake, Texas, with offices in Bethesda, Maryland, Amsterdam, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. More information is available at www.synxis.com.
Sabre Holdings connects people with the world’s greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.