Name: Peter Strebel
Title: Chief marketing officer
Company, city: Omni Hotels & Resorts; Dallas, Texas
Number of employees: 19,800 nationally
Recent project: In 2016 we launched Say Goodnight to Hunger. For every direct booking on our website, Omni makes a donation to Feeding America.
First job: Desk clerk at an oceanside resort in the Hamptons
Little-known fact about you: Even as a small child, I was interested in hotels. I remember building resorts using blocks and home items.
What innovations/initiatives do you foresee in the industry over the next years? Voice activation is going to be incorporated into hotels more and more as we move into the future.
What is the best career advice you’ve received? Network and keep in touch with your contacts.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the field? Love what you do. If you don’t love it, you won’t work hard or get ahead.
Peter Strebel as a Traveler
Favorite travel memory or story: This may sound corny, but Walt Disney World with my children is a memory that will always stick out. The water fountain that talked was magical.
One travel tip you cannot live without: Plan your wardrobe. I use an Excel spreadsheet before a trip which helps me be an efficient packer.
Best advice for business travelers: Once you’re on the road, you’re not in control, so let it go.
About Omni Hotels & Resorts
What can premium travelers expect from a stay at an Omni Hotels & Resorts property?
No two properties are the same. The look and feel of each property is guided by the city or region, making each experience feel and look different for each property you visit. However, you receive the same warm hospitality and customer engagement wherever you go.
Omni’s Polling for Cocktails promotion, timed to the 2016 election, proved wildly popular. Can travelers expect other similar timely and unique offerings in 2017?
We have fun with new food and beverage initiatives every year. In 2017 our focus and theme will be Wines of Roja – Flavors of the World, bringing wines and interesting foods from Spain to all our hotels.
Three Omni Hotels & Resorts are coming soon: Omni Frisco Hotel, Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta and Omni Louisville Hotel. Tell our readers about these properties.
We are excited about these additions to Omni. The Omni Frisco will be located in the Dallas Cowboys’ super complex and have a sports theme; it will be one of the few upscale hotels in the area. Omni at the Battery Atlanta will be in the Battery complex next to the Atlanta Braves’ stadium, with rooms overlooking the stadium. Coming in 2018, the Omni Louisville will have an urban speakeasy feel with a bourbon theme in mind.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying recognized United Airlines for providing a hospital-grade standard of cleanliness and safety during travel. Among the four largest U.S. carriers, United is the first to receive Diamond Certification, the highest in the new APEX Health Safety audit powered by SimpiliFlying.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
A couple of my friends and I decided to rent a house in the Camelback Mountain area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for New Year’s Eve. To find the perfect place, we used Vrbo.com; there were a bunch of properties to choose from, but, in the end, we decided to rent a place in The Village at Camelback.
The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways partnered to launch the IATA Travel Pass for passengers on the Gulf carrier. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps passengers manage travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will be initially offered on select Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi in early 2021, with plans to extend the offer if successful.
Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection recently debuted a complete redesign, now standing as a luxurious, modern mountain resort in Telluride, Colorado. At 10,540 feet, the ski-in/ski-out retreat boasts new social spaces, a refreshed lobby, a new boutique, a collection of new guest experiences and amenities, and wellness offerings. Additionally, Madeline features a collaboration with Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who helped create the hotel’s Recovery Ski Lounge.