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.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.