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Dr. McGuire

Kelly McGuire

Vice President, Advanced Analytics, Wyndham Destination Network

Dr. Kelly McGuire is Vice President, Advanced Analytics at Wyndham Destination Networks where she leads a team of scientists and developers that build custom analytical solutions for Wyndham's vacation rental business, as well as RCI's exchange market.

Dr. McGuire is an analytics evangelist, helping hospitality and gaming businesses realize the value from big data and advanced analytics initiatives, to build a culture of fact based decision making. Her first book, "Hotel Pricing in a Social World", was recently published by Wiley books. Prior to joining Wyndham, Dr. McGuire lead SAS's Services Industry Global Practice, a team of domain experts in hospitality, gaming, travel, transportation, communications, media, entertainment and the mid-market. Internally at SAS, she was responsible for setting the strategic direction for the practice and defining the industry portfolio and messaging for her industries.

Before taking on this role, she was the industry marketing manager for Hospitality and Gaming at SAS, responsible for the outbound messaging regarding SAS's Hospitality and Gaming capabilities. She also worked with the joint IDeaS and SAS product management team, gathering requirements for ancillary revenue management solutions such as function space, spa and food and beverage. Dr. McGuire was also responsible for defining requirements and creating the market strategy for SAS Revenue Management and Price Optimization Analytics, which is the analytics engine for IDeaS G3 RMS.

Dr. McGuire has a BS from Georgetown University and a MMH and PhD in Revenue Management from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, where she studied with renowned revenue management researcher, Dr. Sherri Kimes. Her research has been published in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Pricing and Revenue Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research and the Journal of Service Management. She is also a frequent contributor to industry publications, speaker at industry conferences and was co-author of the SAS/CHR blog "The Analytic Hospitality Executive". Her latest stream of research, with co-author Breffni Noone, Associate Professor, Penn State, deals with the influence of user generated content on consumer reaction to price during hotel room purchases.

Dr. McGuire can be contacted at 973-753-6411 or Kelly.McGuire@rci.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.