Today, I am pleased to announce that one of the industry’s leading experts on hotel distribution and revenue management has agreed to serve DHISCO as a special advisor.

Douglas Carr, who is executive director of distribution for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, will be lending us his expertise to ensure we are giving our clients and partners the most advanced solutions for navigating the fast-changing hospitality distribution landscape.

Doug is widely known and highly respected throughout the industry. He has been intimately involved in distribution technology since he joined FRHI in 1995, just as the Internet and online travel agencies were emerging as players in the hotel world.

He also is vice president of the board of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association, or HEDNA, a global hospitality distribution trade organization. And in 2012, he was named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

We are in Miami this week for HEDNA’s winter conference and very excited about sharing our plans for 2016.

We’ll help kick off the conference with a video that details some of those plans.

This Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., our vice president of product design, Jennifer Mays, will participate in a panel discussion on innovation in distribution.  And at 3:30 p.m., our vice president of content, Anne Cole, will moderate a session on corporate booking tools.

We will visit South Florida a few days early to preview our strategic plan for clients and analysts.

So shoot us an email or track us down at HEDNA if you want to hear more. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and the plans we have put together for the year ahead.

– Toni Portmann