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Dr. Noone

Breffni Noone

Associate Professor, School of Hospitality, The Pennsylvania State University

Breffni M. Noone is an Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University School of Hospitality Management where she teaches courses in revenue management and service operations management.

Before joining the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Noone held a visiting professor position in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, and was on faculty at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.  She earned her doctorate from Cornell University.

Dr. Noone also holds an M.B.S. from Dublin City University, Ireland and a B.Sc. (Mgmt.) from Dublin University, Trinity College, Ireland.

Dr. Noone is the recipient of outstanding teaching, research, and advising awards. She was honored with the Penn State College of Health and Human Development Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2016, the National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012, and the Penn State College of Health and Human Development Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

In 2012, Dr. Noone received the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research Article of the Year Award, and was recognized with the Penn State Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Advising Award in 2014.

Dr. Noone's research interests include revenue management and pricing in the restaurant, hotel, and golf industries. Most recently, her research has focused on the influence of non-price information, including user-generated content and images, on consumer reaction to hotel prices. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Service Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. She has authored several book chapters, and national and international conference papers.

Dr. Noone currently serves on the HSMAI Revenue Management Advisory Board for the Americas, on the editorial boards of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management and the International Journal of Hospitality Management, and as an associate editor for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. She also serves as a revenue management consultant to hospitality enterprises and provides executive education programs in revenue management in the U.S. and Europe.

Please visit http://www.psu.edu for more information.

Dr. Noone can be contacted at +1 814-865-7128 or bmn2@psu.edu

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.