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Mr. Vallauri

DJ Vallauri

Founder and CEO, Lodging Interactive

DJ Vallauri, Founder & President of Lodging Interactive, has been proactive and successful in all his social media initiatives over the last five years through CoMMingle.

Mr. Vallauri saw the void of participation on social media from individual hotel properties and in 2010 CoMMingle was born. Through his insightful projections, CoMMingle has become a successful division of Lodging Interactive solely dedicated to social media marketing, social customer service and reputation management for the Hospitality Industry.

Every industry's social media needs are different and Mr. Vallauri understands the needs and challenges faced by hotels. Recently, he has led the charge on two new initiatives that take social media to a different level.: Ask DJV Video Series - Weekly video series on YouTube and cross-pollinated to other social networks authentically. Each week Mr. Vallauri offers suggestions, tips, advice, shares knowledge and answers questions from hospitality leaders. The topics range from social media, social customer service, reputation management and the social ecosystem of a hotel. He is sharing his knowledge and giving back to an industry that gave so much to him. Social Voices - A 24/7/365 Social Customer Service & Engagement platform to assist the hospitality industry with its online customer service needs.

Mr. Vallauri's focus had been on how Millennials are using social media. Social Media has embraced the customer service experience between the consumer and the business. No longer just a marketing media, but a true representation of a social voice where a hotel can influence its reputation, add a human touch, connect with past/present/future guests and participate in discussion.

Mr. Vallauri provides the overall company direction and continues to develop leading technology products and services for the hospitality industry. He has held sales, marketing and business development positions with companies such as Meridien Hotels, Reed Travel Group, American Airlines' - AMR Information Services, Cendant's subsidiary WizCom International and Prime Hospitality Corp. In addition, he founded two e-commerce businesses, which he subsequently sold in early 1999.

Mr. Vallauri also serves on the HSMAI Greater New York chapter Advisory Board as the Director of Social Media.

Mr. Vallauri can be contacted at 877-291-4411 ext 704 or dj@lodginginteractive.com

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.