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Mr. Dombey

Olivier Dombey

Chief Information Officer, HotelTravel.com

Olivier Dombey has over 20-years of professional experience gained in the travel, hospitality and tourism, online marketing, distribution technology, and consulting field. He is currently Chief Information Officer at HotelTravel.com, a leading online travel agency, responsible for the company’s worldwide business development strategy and execution, connectivity partners, supply channels and hotel partners acquisition and account management, revenue management and margin optimization, market strategies, intelligence and competitive analysis, website content strategy and management in 8 languages, online and offline marketing, brand, advertising, promotions, sponsorship and partnerships, affiliate program, loyalty program, social media, website optimization, testing, creative content, visitor motivations and behavioural patterns, traffic flow and funnel management, and finally managing the company’s MIS and corporate KPI reporting. Previously, Mr. Dombey was an appointed Board Advisor at Derbysoft, a leading Chinese technology company serving the hospitality distribution industry, which mission is to create a worldwide online hotel global distribution network (GDN). Prior to that, Mr. Dombey was Regional Vice President Asia Pacific for Pegasus Solutions and Utell Hotels and Resorts. During his tenure he had full responsibility and financial accountability for sales and account management of Pegasus full suite of products and services in the Asia Pacific region, including CRS, distribution, hotel representation, marketing, and financial services. He led all commercial activities for the region with teams in Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and China. His achievements won him the Pegasus 2005/2006 ‘Victor Ludorum’ Award for exemplary achievements. Concurrently, Mr. Dombey held a Board position on the Global Board of HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Association) and also chaired the HEDNA ASPAC Committee as the industry representative and the voice for Asia Pacific, he was very much involved in enabling industry best practices and standards. Preceding that, Mr. Dombey was Managing Director of Ou Yang Business Consulting China, a sister company of Partners in Marketing UK, a travel and hospitality distribution technology business consultancy, which is co-founded in 1995 and with offices both in Beijing and London. Mr. Dombey also worked as Director of Marketing for the Seychelles Tourism Board, overseeing brand building, and worldwide B2C marketing and promotions. He also worked at Galileo International, where he started his career as business analyst and moving to business development positions. For 3 consecutive years, Mr. Dombey was also the elected Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Travel Industry Group (CIMtIG), the UK’s largest cross-sector travel industry association. He is also the author of numerous industry articles and research papers, he is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences, seminars and training courses, and he is listed in the 2000 edition of International Who’s Who of Professionals. Mr. Dombey holds a B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration from London Middlesex University and a B.A. Business Administration from the renowned French Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Reims. He also holds the prestigious Diploma CIM of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and he is an official Chartered Marketer recognized by the British Crown. Finally, Mr. Dombey speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Mr. Dombey can be contacted at +66 (0)76-282808 or olivier@hoteltravel.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.