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Cypress Bayous Scott McCue Wins Gold Medal at Fete Rouge Competition

Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

Cypress Bayou Casino Hotels Executive Chef, Scott McCue, won the gold medal in the meat category at this past weekend’s 2014 Fete Rouge. The annual event is a Louisiana celebration of wine and food and is presented by the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society. McCues winning dish was a wild mushroom stuffed beef tenderloin en croute, which is filled with saut

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Smartphone and Tablet Users Are Upending Traditional Hotel Booking

Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

A new study of 2,000 consumers from market research and consulting firm Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB) found that mobile, social, and online factors influence leisure travelers very differently at separate stages in the purchase journey. Additional findings include:

Mobile devices play an important role in the initial research phase of hotel planning, but are used sparingly to book hotel stays. Over 60% of travelers used a mobile device47% a smartphoneduring their hotel purchase journey. But only 6% booked their hotel via a smartphone.
Mobile applications are used infrequently throughout the hotel purchase journey. In total, only 6% of shoppers used a mobile app.
Consumer reviews trump social media in influencing research and evaluation as well as final decisions. Only 13% of bookers used social media during the purchase journey vs 59% who consulted consumer reviews.
Price comparison sites play an important role even when they are not the final purchase location. Nearly half of travelers (49%) used a price comparison website such as Expedia, Priceline, or Kayak. 36% of those who used one or more of these sites ultimately booked their stay with them.

Theres no shortage of information available to travelers as they plan and book hotels for their vacations, says Judy Melanson, SVP of CMBs Travel and Hospitality practice. We know their path involves multiple sites and sources of information. The challenge for hotels is to decide how to align their marketing budgets to best intercept potential travelersdelivering desired content on the appropriate device and through the right channels and partners.

About this Research

This study was done as part of CMBs self-funded Consumer Pulse program. A report with additional findings from this study is available as a free download from Chadwick Martin Bailey. Data was collected from 2,000 smartphone owners in the U.S., aged 18 to 75, via a nationally representative online survey questionnaire within the United States. The survey was conducted by Chadwick Martin Bailey in spring of 2014.

About Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB)

CMB is an AMA Gold Top 50 market research and consulting firm partnering with a select group of the worlds leading brands. Founded in 1984, CMB collaborates on game-changing initiatives including segmentation, invigorating brand health, rejuvenating tired trackers, driving loyalty, and product and service development. For more information, visit

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Michael Regan Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group


Outrigger Enterprises Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Regan as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Regan most recently served as the hold separate manager on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, operating the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was responsible for all assets and the total operation of the property while ownership changed hands as a result of a merger. He ensured the businesses remained viable, competitive and marketable during the extended transition.

Regan also has served as a member of the board of directors of Rite Aid Corporation and their audit committee since 2007 and its lead director since 2011. Prior positions have included chief financial officer for Indianapolis Downs LLC, a large casino and horse track facility; and CFO, SVP finance and planning and VP finance and planning for The St. Joe Company, a real estate development and operating company that developed and managed large scale residential and resort communities throughout Florida. Regan also worked for 17 years at Harrahs Entertainment/The Promus Companies (the owner/operator of the Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suite Hotel brands) as vice president corporate controller; vice president finance, Harrahs Division; controller, Harrahs Tahoe; and manager strategic planning, Harrahs Division.

Regan holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in sociology from San Diego State University.


About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies operating in the Asia-Pacific, Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. As part of its unique hospitality offering, the values-based company extends exceptional hospitality and authentic cultural experiences, incorporating local traditions and customs into the guest experience at each of its properties worldwide. Guided by more than 67 years of family leadership, Outrigger runs a highly successful, multibranded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger

Groupize Solutions Closes an Additional $2 Million in Series A1 Funding from Strategic Partners Including Thayer Ventures and Golden Seeds

Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Groupize, Inc., announced that it has secured an additional $ 2 million in Series A1 funding, from strategic partners including Thayer Ventures and Golden Seeds. With over $ 4.5 million in funding, the companys revolutionary group booking and management platform is gaining rapid traction, with more than 8,000 hotels and several travel web sites currently using its cloud-based solution. The additional investments will grow the sales organization, support the growing customer base and accelerate the launch of Instant Book Capabilities for Small Groups.

Thayer Ventures is a Venture Capital firm that invests exclusively in technology companies that focus on the travel and hospitality industry. Representing more than $ 10 trillion in annual global economic activity, the space is thriving with entrepreneurial activity, and disruptive change is altering the dynamics of the travel business forever.

“Groups are 30% of the hotel industry’s revenues, and we saw how Groupize Solutions transformed the Small Group Business space for some major chains, increasing their conversions by 15-fold, and automating expensive and unproductive tasks,” said Jeffrey M. Jackson, Managing Director of Thayer Ventures. The Groupize approach is perfectly complementary with cloud-based solutions that other companies in our portfolio are offering hotels to drive business in the online world. We are excited about their future.

Golden Seeds is an investment firm that pursues above-market returns through the empowerment of female entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. The organizations angel network is one of the largest and most active in the US. In addition, the organizations venture capital arm has over $ 30 million under active management. Golden Seeds Managing Director and Groupize Board Member, Gail Hoffman, views this latest round of funding as another important validation of Groupizes business model and success. Thayer Ventures will be a valuable part of Groupizes continued growth, says Hoffman. Their funding, experience, and commitment to Groupizes future will help ensure that the company realizes its goal of revolutionizing automated, streamlined hotel bookings for leisure and business groups.

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien, President and CEO of Groupize, noted that the company was not planning on taking additional investments, but opted to accelerate the development and adoption of the companys products. “Our existing syndicate of investors, from Golden Seeds and Launchpad, and now Thayer Ventures, has provided the resources we need to drastically change how small groups are booked in the hotel industry. The marketplace demand for our solutions is timely, as the industry is now focusing on this important segment, and we want to maintain our aggressive development roadmap to bring true solutions to the industry while continuing to be the leaders in online group travel.”

As part of its expansion, the company opened a second office in downtown Boston, will also recruit top development talent, and bring its innovative capabilities to broader markets to meet high demand for its Groupize GBE (Group Booking Engine), the industrys most powerful group-booking and management platform for independent properties, hotel groups and affiliate web sites.

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