November 2013 brought with it several developments in the Golden State that our casino recruiters wanted to comment on this week. For starters, residents recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Native American run casino in Sonoma County. Thus far, it created approximately 2,000 jobs and is considered to be one of the biggest venues of its kind in the state. As an experienced casino executive search firm, we obviously applaud job creation.
What our casino recruiters also found of interest this month was the ongoing push within the state to incorporate renewable energy into daily casino operations. Several companies, including Wirsol Solar, are currently involved in the solar industry’s efforts. It is believed that if the Native American gaming industry continues to build or remodel venues that harness the power of renewable energies, all will benefit. The only barrier to entry thus far has reportedly been the startup costs involved in “going green.”
Some casinos and tribes, however, have managed to climb over the barriers in previous years. One of them is the Harrah’s Rincon Casino. They turned to solar power in 2010 at the tune of more than $11 million dollars. Other venues in the state to utilize solar power are the Augustine Casino and the Cache Creek Casino Resort. All three are apparently benefiting from their investments in one form or another.
Interestingly enough, the solar industry’s continued efforts at transforming the casino industry come at a time when Native American tribes are also being encouraged by the U.S. Federal Government to participate in climate change initiatives. Whether or not this latest one-two push will ultimately spur the creation of additional solar power run casinos remains to be seen.
At Bentley Price Associates, our casino recruiters will continue to follow the industry’s expansion and utilization of solar power. We’ll also proceed with our ongoing efforts to aid the world’s business owners in finding high quality, hospitality executives that understand the latest market developments. To learn more about how we recruit the best casino executives from around the globe, please contact us at Bentley Price Associates (805) 686-1234.
The ongoing battle for market share between Online Travel Agencies (OTA) and ‘meta search’ services like Kayak or Trip Advisor is being won by those aforementioned aggregator sites, including Google Hotel Finder and Bing Meta Search.
As ‘big data’ continues to roll on into all aspects of our lives, hoteliers are experiencing a drop in bookings from traditional OTAs.
Meta searches delivers in-depth results…
When it comes to using aggregator sites, the prevailing perception among consumers seems to be one of receiving unbiased with one click: location and hotel amenities, customer reviews, plus real-time availability and rates combine to make those meta searches “the ultimate ‘OTA-killer.”
Capturing a higher ‘return-on-ad-spent’ (ROAS)...
Today, of course, the backbone of any successful marketing strategy must include an online component. In fact, hoteliers, when including their properties in meta searches like Google Hotel Finder, becoming more competitive with OTAs.
“Meta search marketing…(provides)l consumers the chance to book directly with the hotel and generate incremental revenues at more than acceptable ROAS (return-on-ad-spend).”
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Property owners and managers should consider the meta search packages offered by prevailing notables like Trip Advisor. Tapping into the Meta Gateway portals should be in the range of 5% to 10% of the annual digital budget.
Meta search marketing: Not a ‘set-and-forget’ strategy…
Savvy marketers will be monitoring ad spend down to the hour and day, plus overseeing the ‘bid management’ aspect of the meta search package.
What’s more, and often lacking in the OTA bidding process, is the oversight to maintain that all-important rate parity.
Candidates for operations staff, hotel managers and C-level positions are a few of the categories Hospitality Recruiter Bentley Price Associates maintains in their vast data base. Contact us and begin using our 37-years of experience to fill your openings today.
In mid-October 2013, STR Global released its quarterly report on the state of the hotel industry. They also provided information on the upper-upscale market segment and the impact of the government shutdown on tourism revenues. Understandably, our hospitality recruiters took notice of STR Global’s industry reports.
According to the domestic reports, ADR, Rev Par and occupancy showed positive movement nationwide. However, there were several key areas that stood out in terms of growth. The list of those key areas included Tennessee, Hawaii, Colorado, California, Texas and Washington. Knowing those markets like we do, our hospitality recruiters were not taken aback by the firm’s findings.
The reports also revealed that for some areas of the country, the subsequent fourth quarter reports may not be worthy of as much celebration. That’s because the latest shutdown did wreck havoc in areas known to cater heavily to government employees. Not surprisingly, one area caught up in the fray was Washington, D.C. The area’s hospitality industry members experienced substantial downgrades in ADR, RevPar and occupancy levels. At this point, whether or not the area’s hoteliers will be able to recoup the losses before the end of the fourth quarter is purely speculation.
As far as the upper-upscale market segment goes, the reports indicated that a strong comeback is still underway. Our hospitality recruiters’ field experience only supports STR Global’s claims. The proof may be found in our current hospitality executive employment listings. At present, we are conducting hospitality executive searches for several luxury properties across the United States. As of mid-October 2013, some of the positions on offer are Executive Director of Operations, Director of Revenue Management, Director of Restaurants, Sales Director and Executive Chef.
To learn more about those open positions or start a hospitality executive search of your own, please contact us. Our hospitality recruiters are poised to provide exemplary assistance.
At Bentley Price Associates, we have spent more than 37 years immersed in the international hospitality industry. During that time, our hospitality headhunters have witnessed the ebb and flow of many tourist destinations. So it is with great interest that our hospitality recruiting firm’s experienced staff turn their eyes towards Dubai.
Dubai’s forward trajectory started in 2009 and has continued to pick up steam. So much steam, in fact, that Dubai’s hospitality industry members have been finding it quite challenging to fill open positions this year. That has to undoubtedly be good news for government officials.
They’ve been working phenomenally hard to boost the region’s tourism revenues by 2020 and appear determined to continue doing so despite the hospitality staffing shortage. As proof of their ongoing commitment, one only has to look towards the latest round of financial incentives that were rolled out in September 2013. Designed to spur three to four star hotel construction, they are strongly expected to meet their mark.
Now couple that commitment with other factors like the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s August 2013 report of solid growth and aggressive marketing efforts in the region’s feeder markets. When you do, it will be easy to see why our hospitality recruiting firm’s executives are so excited about the region’s continued growth potential.
With that said, our hospitality recruiting firm would like to extend its services to Dubai’s tourism industry members. Our hospitality headhunters can assist members with finding the executive staff needed to handle everything from the upcoming Italian Cuisine World Summit to the openings of the latest four star hotels. Of course we can also use our hotel recruiters’ resources to assist in filling additional hospitality positions as well.
To learn more about how our hospitality recruiting firm can help bolster Dubai’s burgeoning tourism industry, please contact us as soon as possible.
On October 24, 2013, headlines coming out of Tennessee featured news that captured the attention of our hospitality headhunters. It seems that the state’s tourism industry is doing so well that hospitality businesses are having a hard time finding suitable workers for both front and back of the house positions.
Hospitality employees currently in high demand within the state include those skilled in hotel administration, customer service, housekeeping and the culinary arts. Many of those jobs come with above minimum wage salaries and benefits. So that leaves tremendous opportunities for those individuals looking to enjoy work in the travel and tourism industry.
“How bad is the shortage of qualified hospitality executives?”, you may ask. At this point, hospitality employees are in such demand that the state’s businesses are starting to look towards the area’s schools and outside of the region to find qualified staff. Of course that is precisely the area where our hospitality headhunters excel.
Our hospitality headhunters dedicate their working lives to bring hospitality employers and employees together. Thus, we are more than well equipped to bring relief to Tennessee businesses struggling to find highly trained hospitality executives. One call to our hospitality executive search firm will start a time-tested, recruitment process that will yield results. The process begins with a sit down to determine the hospitality industry member’s precise needs. From there, our hospitality headhunters will engage in an international search to find the best candidates for the open positions.
Please know that our hotel recruiters won’t just take the candidates at their word either. Each potential employee must go through an extensive screening process than includes submitting verifiable references and work histories. Their educational backgrounds are verified as well. At the end of the screening process, those that meet or exceed our hospitality headhunters’ expectations are presented to the client for their consideration. We’ve found that taking such thorough measures leads to the best possible outcomes for all involved.
To learn more about how our hospitality executive firm can help Tennessee businesses resolve their staffing issues, please contact us today.