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Ms. Buckhiester

Bonnie Buckhiester

President, Buckhiester Management Limited

Bonnie Buckhiester is the principal of Buckhiester Management, the leading Revenue Management consulting firm in North America for the hospitality industry.

Ms. Buckhiester's career in travel, tourism and hospitality is extensive and multi-dimensional including positions as Senior Vice President, Operations for a major North American hotel REIT; General Manager for two 4½-diamond hotels, and General Manager Operations for a major tour operator. Her diverse product knowledge of hotel, tour, cruise, air, rail and car rental inventories offers a unique cross-fertilization of industry strategies.

She holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois, a Certification in Revenue Management from Cornell University, and a Certification from Guelph University's Hospitality Managers Development Course. She's a member of the prestigious industry organization, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, and has acted as a Board Member for several years, including President & Chairman. She is also a multi-year member of HSMAI's Revenue Management Advisory Board and annually facilitates HSMAI's Chief Revenue Officer Roundtable.

In February 2017 Ms. Buckhiester was honored by HSMAI as one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing & Revenue Optimization. She is a sought-after speaker internationally and an accomplished author of numerous industry articles. She is also highly respected by her peers and considered a thought leader in the discipline of revenue management in hospitality.

Ms. Buckhiester is also the co-creator of REVRoadMap®, a proprietary, trademarked Revenue Management (RM) business process designed to enable clients to develop RM as a core competency with full integration of both strategic and tactical skills.

With this proprietary approach Buckhiester Management offers RM development at all levels focusing on practical application rather than theory. Buckhiester's unique processes have yielded extraordinary incremental revenue levels for over 1000 hotels and resorts in 20 countries, with ROI results typically less than 8 weeks. Clients include brands such as Accor Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Pan Pacific Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Best Western, Delta Hotels, Choice Hotels, and Joie de Vivre, as well as ownership & management companies such as Oxford Properties, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Ashford Hospitality Trust, the Irvine Company, and Benchmark Hospitality.

Please visit http://www.buckhiester.com for more information.

Ms. Buckhiester can be contacted at +1 703-858-7304 or bonnie@buckhiester.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.