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Mr. Gancos

James Gancos

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The Guestbook

James Gancos is a seasoned hotel executive and innovator in the revenue management, distribution, and loyalty disciplines. He has been moderator, panelist, and presenter at countless industry events, including the Direct Booking Summit, Revenue Strategy Summit, Eye for Travel, Independent Lodging Congress, and Revenue Optimization Conference.

Mr. Gancos is currently CEO & Founder of The Guestbook - an holistic direct booking conversion, loyalty, and distribution platform for over 600 hotels that utilizes cash rewards to drive meaningful business results. Mr. Gancos and his team at The Guestbook recently launched a sister service, Gopher, that works for any hotel. Gopher is a Chrome extension that pops up on major OTAs with a link to the respective hotel's own booking engine with a “guaranteed better deal” through a combination of rate and cash rewards.

Prior to founding The Guestbook, Mr. Gancos held General Manager positions at the W Los Angeles, W Istanbul, and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as well as Hotel Manager positions at the Sheraton Seattle and Sheraton Kauai Resort in Hawaii.  In addition, he served as North America Director of Operations for Starwood for three years working directly for the divisional President on all aspects of division management.  He has served on the board of the Hotel Association of Los Angeles and represented hotels for multiple corporate IT, revenue management, and loyalty projects.

Prior to Starwood, Mr. Gancos worked as a Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young specializing in business process reengineering and IT-enablement projects for fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. 

Mr. Gancos graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  

 


Please visit http://www.theguestbook.com for more information.

Mr. Gancos can be contacted at 323-538-0002 or james@theguestbook.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.