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Unconstrained Conversations – An IDeaS Podcast

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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.

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.

Location:

United States

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

952.698.4354


Episodes

Episode 36: Bring It On with Kristi White of Knowland

1/21/2021
On this very special episode the tables are turned and the interviewer, IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr, becomes the interviewee. Kristi White, vice president of product management at Knowland interviews Klaus on her Bring it On webcast series, and we are sharing their insight-packed discussion with you here. Questions addressed include: Thanks for listening! Please subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcast network and share with colleagues in the travel and hospitality space...

Duration:00:45:03

Episode 35: One Year Later – Checking in on China’s Hospitality Industry

1/14/2021
Happy New Year and welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Charles Wang, IDeaS’ assistant vice president responsible for our regional offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It’s been a full calendar year since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China, delivering a crushing blow to the regional—and soon worldwide—hospitality industry. With the country’s ability to keep the pandemic under control, Charles shares how...

Duration:00:22:16

Episode 34: Top 5 Most Popular Podcast Episodes for Your 2021 Strategic Reset

12/30/2020
Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast! We will return with brand new episodes in January after a brief holiday break. In the meantime, here are the Top 5 most popular recent episodes to help you prepare your hotel revenue and commercial strategies for 2021. Thanks for listening! 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. Episode 18: Rise of the Commercial...

Duration:00:02:12

Episode 33: Ask Me Anything – Listener Q&A and 2021 Outlook with Klaus Kohlmayr

12/17/2020
Welcome back to the Unconstrained Conversations podcast. This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr answers listener-submitted questions for a special “Ask Me Anything” episode of the podcast. Klaus also provides his year-end 2021 hospitality industry outlook. Thanks for listening! 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.

Duration:00:24:22

Episode 32: Making Sense of Hotel Data in 2021 with Kalibri Labs

12/10/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Cindy Estis Green, founder of Kalibri Labs. Cindy has spent most of her professional lifetime uncovering and surfacing data, demystifying the cost of distribution and getting the hotel industry to think differently. In this episode Cindy shares her insights into the state of the industry, how hotels can make sense of the rapidly shifting economic landscape and her view on direct versus indirect distribution opportunities. Topics...

Duration:00:26:38

Episode 31: Proactive Tactics & Survival Strategies for 2021

12/3/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Stephen Hambleton, senior manager of product management at IDeaS. As a critical member of our COVID response team, Stephen shares some of the key guidance we’ve provided our hotel clients worldwide. Klaus and Stephen also discuss short-term tactics and long-term strategies hotel revenue managers should undertake now to be ready for a potential upswing in demand next year. Reminder, send your hospitality and revenue management...

Duration:00:26:57

Episode 30: Taking Risks to Find New Opportunities with Margaritaville

11/19/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Claudia Infante, VP of revenue strategy at Margaritaville. Claudia shares how her resort-and-leisure focused organization is coping with travel-related uncertainty and the new opportunities that have presented themselves. Claudia also introduces Women in Travel Thrive, a new initiative she co-launched with industry colleagues to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on women’s career progressions. Claudia invites anyone interested in...

Duration:00:26:10

Episode 29: Being Customer Obsessed with Phocuswright Founder Philip Wolf

11/12/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Philip Wolf, founder of Phocuswright. As the founder of a travel industry research company and serial board member for start-ups around the world, Philip has a truly unique perspective on what types of businesses will succeed in the future. Listen to this episode to learn about: Here is the link to the referenced article: https://www.takemobi.com/article-collected-but-neglected Thanks for listening! Please subscribe to our...

Duration:00:26:25

Episode 28: Agile Commercial Leadership with Calvin Anderson, Domio

11/5/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Calvin Anderson, chief commercial officer at Domio. Demand is constantly shifting, consumers are behaving differently, and historical reference points are no longer valid. How does a commercial leader operate within this heightened level of uncertainty? Calvin outlines how his focus on agility—combined with good-old data crunching and a Wall Street trading approach to marketing—is resulting in his properties running at 60 to 90%...

Duration:00:32:17

Episode 27: A Look Down Under – The State of the Australian Hotel Industry

10/29/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr hosts a panel discussion with several members of Australia’s hotel investment community. Together they offer a view into Australia’s current hotel market as well as various strategies and outlooks. The hospitality leaders sharing their expertise in this episode are: Thanks for listening! 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...

Duration:00:39:00

Episode 26: Budgeting & Forecasting in Times of Great Uncertainty – A Conversation with Industry Experts

10/22/2020
This week IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Digna Kolar and Blake Madril. As members of IDeaS’ Advisory Services team, Digna and Blake spend their days helping hotel companies around the world overcome their revenue optimization challenges. In this episode they share their insider knowledge on the current state of the industry as well as advice they give to their hospitality clients about planning for 2021. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe to our podcast on your...

Duration:00:26:58

Episode 25: Getting Dirty with Data – A Chat with Isaac Collazo—a True Data Guy

10/8/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Isaac Collazo, former VP of competitive intelligence at IHG. Throughout his career, Isaac has helped key stakeholders analyze competitive performance and interpret the macro-economic environment. While the value of data to form insights and strategy has greatly appreciated, many people struggle with telling a story utilizing the data. In this episode, Isaac unpacks what makes a great data story and how to get dirty with data. Thanks for...

Duration:00:24:30

Episode 24: The Revenue Manager Is the New Insurance Policy – Delaware North

10/1/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Andy Grinsfelder, VP of revenue, sales, and marketing at Delaware North. Klaus and Andy originally spoke in Episode 10: On the Road Again – Leisure Travel Recovery with Delaware North about how this leisure-focused company is dealing with the changed hospitality landscape. In this episode Andy shares updates on how business materialized, his learnings from the summer months and how he and his team are preparing for 2021. Thanks for...

Duration:00:16:31

Episode 23: The Future of Corporate Travel & Customer Relationships

9/24/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Lennert De Jong, chief commercial officer at citizenM, about the launch of their new global subscription model. With creativity, innovation and disruption being an integral part of citizenM’s DNA, the organization has launched another first-of-its-kind hotel product born of the changing purpose of corporate travel. In this episode, Klaus and Lennert discuss citizenM’s new subscription modes as well as: Thanks for listening! Please subscribe...

Duration:00:24:04

Episode 22: Becoming an Insights & Profit Hunter

9/17/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with David Warman, former SVP experience & enablement marketing at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, David shares significant insights on the changing roles of revenue leaders. He believes revenue managers have a unique set of skills necessary to optimize the performance of their business in these uncertain times. Check out this episode to learn how: Thanks for listening! Please...

Duration:00:31:05

Episode 21: Removing the Emotion – Post-COVID Revenue Leadership

9/10/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Dave Roberts. After 23 years of developing and leading the global revenue management and pricing function at Marriott, Dave now teaches the next generation of revenue leaders at the Cornell School of Business. In this episode, Dave and Klaus discuss: Thanks for listening! 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.

Duration:00:25:47

Episode 20: Reopening Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint – Remington Hotels

9/3/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Sloan Dean, CEO of Remington Hotels. The duo originally spoke in Episode 3: Today is Day Zero where Sloan talked about the importance of approaching recovery from the perspective of building a new business versus focusing on how business can get back to pre-COVID levels. In this episode, Klaus checks in with Sloan to see how Remington Hotels is building their “new business.” Sloan shares his perspectives on maintaining endurance during the...

Duration:00:17:18

Episode 19: Coping without International Travel – Accor New Zealand

8/27/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Iain Ganner, head of sales at Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia. The duo originally spoke in Episode 5: For the Greater Good – Accor New Zealand where Iain shared how Accor became a key partner to the New Zealand government in their successful fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With New Zealand borders still shut, Klaus and Iain discuss how the hotel industry is coping with a lack of international travelers and how business has...

Duration:00:25:05

Episode 18: Rise of the Commercial Strategist

8/20/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Hyatts’ former head of revenue & distribution strategy Sharad Kapur who has helped hotels and resorts develop and grow their revenue management and distribution capabilities around the world. In this episode Sharad shares his views on how the COVID-19 crisis is leading to a fundamental shift in how the industry generates and optimizes revenue, which in turn will lead to the rise of the commercial strategist, an analytically minded leader...

Duration:00:24:18

Episode 17: How to Reopen Your Hotel – Lotte New York Palace

8/13/2020
IDeaS’ chief evangelist Klaus Kohlmayr speaks with Derek Brewster, director of revenue management at the Lotte New York Palace. The duo originally spoke in Episode 2: In a Holding Pattern – Is it a time for Spring Cleaning? With the Lotte New York Palace finally reopening its doors to guests this week, Derek shares his latest learnings and strategies.

Duration:00:17:52