A Yogini’s Way to Approach a Hotel Distribution Audit

Oh, what excitement a new trend inspires! In yoga, the trends range on Yoga HiiT fusion, Broga, Arial Yoga.  “Competitive yoga” is even a new phrase gaining surprising traction.  WHAT?  Yoga is inherently personal and decidedly non-competitive, as a moving meditation practice. In hotels, our tendency is to find the new trend, be ahead of […]

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Podcast: Arrive at Happy Leaders with Jacqueline Villamil

On March 7, 2021, Jacqueline Villamil of SSP (Strategic Solution Partners) sat down with Tia Grahm founder of Arrive at Happy podcast for a lively discussion on how Jacqueline became the leader she is today, and how she creates happiness outside of her work life and within it.  Highlights from this podcast episode: Jacqueline’s start […]

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What it Takes to Evolve a Beverage Program

A CASE STUDY IN HOW ONE TEAM REVITALIZED THE DRINKS MENU AT OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS. Problem: Time to Beverage Evolution The national beverage program for Omni Hotels & Resorts is rolled out on a bi-annual basis, with the same menu and mandates across all properties.  As the chain has grown to include larger and […]

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The Hospitality Consulting Playbook: Choosing the Right ‘Head Coach’

There is an old adage: Those who cannot play, coach. Does it really take more skill to play than to coach? In terms of a measurement of talent, which is best? My answer? Both! The last two winning Super Bowl coaches were college football players but did not play professionally. While it may seem counterintuitive, […]

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Case Study: Lack of Differentiation Was Stifling Revenue

Problem – Messaging & Positioning Unclear messaging and price positioning was keeping this mixed-use development from reaching its revenue potential. This mixed-use development in the Southwest US offers a variety of lodging styles: resort; condos; and vacation homes.  Situated with appealing access to renowned state and national parks, the property includes a top golf course […]

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The Top Ten “Blocking and Tackling Areas” Every Hotel Operator Needs to Hit During COVID19

While the Covid-19 Pandemic has devastated our industry in many ways, it has also served as a terrific opportunity to “get ahead of the curve” – allowing us to operate from a much stronger position when the tide turns.  We have had to learn how to operate in a drastically altered environment, changing many of […]

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How On-Demand Staffing Helps Hotel Recovery

Another Business Model for Independent Properties Independent hotels and resorts are resourceful by their very nature, but the current business climate is challenging even the best of them.  Drive market resorts and those with easy direct flight access are recovering more quickly than urban hotels, but too many properties have had to close: are unsure […]

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Moving from Revenue Management to Revenue Optimization

As the hospitality landscape continues to evolve and especially as we begin to see the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination and a return to normalcy, reliance on analytics and business intelligence is growing exponentially. The Revenue Management leader role has emerged as the natural leader of the analytics boom since the Revenue Management professional is […]

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A Story About Spanish Tapas

Fernando Salazar started getting involved with Spanish tapas 15 years ago as VP of F&B of Omni Hotels and Resorts. He developed an annual international gastronomic trip for chefs and Food and Beverage directors of Omni Hotels. The first year consisted of a 10-day trip to Italy, followed by Spain the following year. It was […]

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The Yoga of Revenue Optimization & Marketing Collaboration

The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root word yuj, and the most understood meaning of yoga is “union.” To unite implies a foundation of not only a shared philosophy, but the creation of common goals and objectives known as collaboration. This involves a great deal of research to make informed decisions about our […]

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Does ‘Virtual’ Work in the Hotel Business?

Now more than ever, the utilization of home-based resources is key to maintaining a productive, and profitable, workforce. As the hospitality industry grapples with COVID-19, many companies are looking for ways to reduce overhead, maintain efficiencies and leverage any opportunities to create revenue. Remote-based employees are certainly a means to those ends, but as they […]

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A Yogini’s Take on Bravery in Revenue Optimization

Trying a new, seemingly complicated pose in a yoga practice is often terrifying. Fear of falling on our face in crow pose or perhaps just falling in front of other people oftentimes holds us back from reaching new goals.  An outside view of the pose from a well-informed teacher will oftentimes help us find that […]

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(Re)Alignment of Human Resources Value: A Case Study

The Human Resources department is notorious for making, or breaking, a company. The culture, employee extrinsic motivation, and more- is all on HR. No truer words have been spoken for Bob Holland, Associate Partner at Strategic Solution Partners, who has previous first-hand experience dealing with the effects of an underperforming HR discipline. The *key* to restoration? Bringing in a trusted, experienced, and reputable […]

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Fernando Salazar on Soria Gastronómica – The International Mushroom Congress

“… perhaps what’s more powerful than the actual mushrooms themselves, is the knowledge and passion gained from cooking and savoring them”, beams Fernando Salazar- the current Co-Founder and Executive Vice President at E-SPAIN and Food and Beverage Consultant at Strategic Solution Partners. What is Soria Gastronómica? Salazar perfectly describes the unique energy of Soria Gastronómica, International Mycological […]

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A Yogini’s take on Hotel Revenue Optimization in a COVID19 World

Yogini:a female master practitioner of yoga.   I see myself as a yogini, first, revenue optimist second. Having spent thousands of hours centering my mind, body and soul- my professional career within the revenue and consulting space has also benefitted immensely from the cognitive gains of daily yoga.   This New Shift on the World […]

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Giving Time: SSP’s Bob Holland Spends Easter Break Volunteering at Medhen Social Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

SSP’s Bob Holland and his wife, Nancy, get the most pleasure out of life and travels by giving back whenever possible. Most recently, over Easter Break in April, they returned for the fourth time to Ethiopia, to volunteer on behalf of a small New Jersey-based non-profit organization called Medhen Orphan Relief Effort (M.O.R.E.), of which […]

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International Women’s Day: Hospitality’s Top Female Hoteliers Dish on the Rise of Women in the Hotel Industry

Recent research from Cornell’s School of Business showed that women now make up 25.5 percent of senior managers across the hospitality and travel sectors. While female leadership is growing, hospitality remains a male dominated industry. We asked some of the industry’s leading female professionals, including Strategic Solution Partners’ COO Jacqueline Villamil, to provide personal insight […]

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Time For Good: 72 Hours with Jacqueline Villamil at Huellas de Pan in Cancun, Mexico

Last year, and timed to Giving Tuesday, Strategic Solution Partners announced its commitment to give contractors the chance to give back to society with SSP’s Giving Time initiative. In partnership with Give A Day Global, a San Francisco-based non-profit that connects travelers with single-day volunteer missions, SSP will support up to 10 contractors to travel abroad, make […]

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Giving Time: SSP Rewards Contractors with Global Volunteer Missions in 2019

Many say that time is the ultimate luxury, but for us at Strategic Solution Partners, it is also the ultimate way to give back to society. That’s why we’ve entered into a partnership with Give A Day Global, a San Francisco-based non-profit that connects travelers with single-day volunteer missions, to provide a select number of our […]

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Natural Disaster Readiness and Recovery – How Hotels Weather the Storm

2017 was a historic year for weather and climate-related disasters in the United States, tying 2011 for the highest number of billion-dollar disasters in a single year.  In total, there were 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, including three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms, two inland floods, a crop freeze, drought and a series of historically […]

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A Contractor’s Guide to Presenting Yourself on Social Media to Ensure Job Search Success

We all know that social media plays an important role in a job search. But did you know that upwards of 90 percent of companies use social media for recruitment purposes—not just for job postings but also as a tool to learn more about the candidates they are considering for hire? Ultimately, a candidate’s digital […]

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Hotel Recruitment Trends: It’s All About Securing The Right Talent, And Fast

According to a recent survey, and following active growth in the hotel industry, hoteliers are becoming increasingly challenged to find the right senior talent for their teams, and in the fastest way possible. As it’s taking longer to secure talent for permanent positions, 88% of hoteliers consulted now employ task force practitioners as a smart […]

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10 Ways Hotels Can Reduce Energy Consumption for Energy Efficiency Day

Energy Efficiency Day is October 5 and hoteliers are making significant strides in savings. We recently consulted Rockstar Hotels, The London West Hollywood, HHM Hospitality, and Double Tree by Hilton to highlight key learnings on reducing hotel energy consumption. Water-savings programs, motion-sensor lighting in guest rooms, and energy-efficient lighting top the list along with seven […]

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Time Off for Travel Pros: Survey Shows Hospitality Contractors Enjoy More Time Off And Spend More Time With Family

Labor Day, the yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, is approaching and many times signifies the end of summer vacation season. According to studies like Project Time Off, a good portion of workers don’t take all their vacation time, and when they do, they feel guilty […]

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Business Development – The key to making revenue goals

It is a proven fact that your best customers are your current customers, but if you aren’t gaining new business from your existing customers or generating new customers in the pipeline, your business can’t grow. To be successful you need to keep your funnel filled with new business from existing customers as well as from new customers. Gaining new business […]

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