59 episodes

For hoteliers. By hoteliers. Unconstrained Conversations is the hospitality industry’s collaboration point for real-world stories and actionable advice in revenue management, total profit optimization and driving a connected commercial organization. We'll uncover experiences and hear real-life examples from some of the world’s most creative hotel industry thought leaders.

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For hoteliers. By hoteliers. Unconstrained Conversations is the hospitality industry’s collaboration point for real-world stories and actionable advice in revenue management, total profit optimization and driving a connected commercial organization. We'll uncover experiences and hear real-life examples from some of the world’s most creative hotel industry thought leaders.

    Episode 58: The Evolving Role of the Revenue Manager - How Crisis Breeds Opportunity (Sherri Kimes)

    Episode 58: The Evolving Role of the Revenue Manager - How Crisis Breeds Opportunity (Sherri Kimes)

    Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! This week, IDeaS’ Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Sherri Kimes, the emeritus professor of operations management at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Sherri specializes in revenue management and has been named the school's graduate teacher of the year three times, and was awarded the Menschel Distinguished Teaching Fellowship by Cornell University in 2014. In this episode the duo discuss: 
    How the world of revenue management has changed due to the COVID-19 crisis The unprecedented innovation and resilience of the hospitality industry Why now is such a great time to begin a career in hospitality, more specifically, revenue management Here is the Impact of Covid on the Hotel Industry study that Sherri references in the episode.  
    Please subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space who may find this episode useful. Please consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to this podcast. 
    If you are an expert in hospitality, revenue management, pricing or commercial leadership and want to join Klaus Kohlmayr for an unconstrained conversation on this podcast, please reach out to him on LinkedIn. 

    • 20 min
    Episode 57: The Evolving Needs of Revenue Management Support

    Episode 57: The Evolving Needs of Revenue Management Support

    Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! This week, IDeaS’ Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Liz Willatts, director of IDeaS’ global client relationship management (CRM) team. With many markets reopening, the CRM team has been busy helping our 15,000+ clients adapt to the ongoing rollercoaster of changes. In this episode, Liz shares:
    Which industry changes are temporary vs. which are here to stayHow IDeaS has supported clients through these challenging timesAdvice for future revenue leadersPlease subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space who may find this episode useful. Please consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to this podcast.
     If you are an expert in hospitality, revenue management, pricing or commercial leadership and want to join Klaus Kohlmayr for an unconstrained conversation on this podcast, please reach out to him on LinkedIn.

    • 23 min
    Episode 56: Preparing for the Guest of the Future (with Anand Jindal of Wharf Hotels)

    Episode 56: Preparing for the Guest of the Future (with Anand Jindal of Wharf Hotels)

    Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! This week, IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Anand Jindal, group director, revenue management & distribution at Wharf Hotels. The duo discuss:
    The emerging role of the revenue leaderThe concept of “Intellectual Humility”Preparing for the guest of the futureAdvice for tomorrow’s revenue leadersPlease subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space who may find this episode useful. Please consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to this podcast.
    If you are an expert in hospitality, revenue management, pricing or commercial leadership and want to join Klaus Kohlmayr for an unconstrained conversation on this podcast, please reach out to him on LinkedIn.

    • 25 min
    Episode 55: A Look at China’s Hospitality Industry (with Jack Widagdo of Six Senses)

    Episode 55: A Look at China’s Hospitality Industry (with Jack Widagdo of Six Senses)

    Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! In anticipation of our second Hospitality Tech Hub live event focused on the Asia-Pacific region next week, IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Jack Widagdo, general manager of Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain located in Chengdu, China. Jack and his team are achieving record performance by focusing on their domestic drive to market, maintaining the exceptional service Six Senses is known for while optimizing ADR from the surge in demand. 
    Other topics discussed include:
    The necessity of learning to work smarter to accommodate for drastic talent shortageHow constant communication between forecast and operations is criticalChanging travel trends in ChinaAdvice for future hospitality leadersThanks for listening and be sure to join us for our Hospitality Tech Hub: APAC Forum on June 17th. Register HERE.
    Please subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space who may find this episode useful. Please consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to this podcast.
    If you are an expert in hospitality, revenue management, pricing or commercial leadership and want to join Klaus Kohlmayr for an unconstrained conversation on this podcast, please reach out to him on LinkedIn.

    • 26 min
    Episode 54: Career Advice from the Field for Aspiring Revenue Leaders – Part 1

    Episode 54: Career Advice from the Field for Aspiring Revenue Leaders – Part 1

    Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! This week, we are excited to share a special episode with you. At IDeaS, we’ve always been passionate about supporting educational opportunities for future generations of revenue leaders. We offer academic scholarships, free Revenue Management Foundations courses, and work closely with related educational programs around the world. We are also in the running for being named a Top Internship Program in WayUp’s Top 100 Internship Programs List for the third year in a row.
    In honor of our dedication to educational development, we compiled some of the best career advice from our past podcast guests in this episode. The hospitality leaders sharing their advice include:
    Dave Roberts, faculty at Cornell (Ep. 21: Removing the Emotion – Post-COVID Revenue Leadership)Isaac Collazo, VP of analytics at STR (Ep. 25: Getting Dirty with Data)Claudia Infante, VP of revenue strategy at Margaritaville (Ep. 30: Taking Risks to Find New Opportunities with Margaritaville)Karishma Singh, area director – finance & revenue management (North Area) at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) (Ep 38: The State of Indian Hospitality & Resetting Your Business)Steve Green, principal sales specialist for IDeaS’ emerging innovations (Ep. 39: Emerging Innovations in Revenue Management—and Beyond!)Ben Thomas, chief commercial officer at Penta Hotels (Ep. 42: A Recipe for Commercial Success – Ben Thomas, Penta Hotels)Heidi Albignac, VP of client operations at IDeaS (Ep. 43 Black Swan Events – How to Overcome the Unexpected)Please subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space who may find this episode useful. Please consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to this podcast.

    • 19 min
    Episode 53: How Digitization, Personalization & Merchandising Impact Hotels of the Future (with Frank Trampert)

    Episode 53: How Digitization, Personalization & Merchandising Impact Hotels of the Future (with Frank Trampert)

    Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! This week, IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Frank Trampert, managing director of Sabre Hospitality. Coming to you directly from the 2021 Hotel Revenue Forum, Klaus and Frank discuss how digitization, personalization, and merchandising impact the future of hospitality. 
    Please subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space who may find this episode useful. Please consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to this podcast.
    If you are an expert in hospitality, revenue management, pricing or commercial leadership and want to join Klaus Kohlmayr for an unconstrained conversation on this podcast, please reach out to him on LinkedIn. 

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