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Ellis Connolly

Ellis Connolly
Ellis Connolly brings extensive hotel industry knowledge to The Rainmaker Group as its Vice President of Hospitality Sales. With more than 15 years of experience in corporate hospitality, Connolly is responsible for leading Rainmaker’s growing sales organization and making the company’s industry leading suite of revenue management and profit optimization solutions accessible to the global hospitality market. Connolly’s broad range of experience includes executive sales and business development roles with both start-ups and large enterprise organizations within the global hotel and travel sector. He also possesses extensive experience in building market penetration for hotel analytics products. Prior to his role with The Rainmaker Group, Connolly served as the Chief Revenue Officer at TrustYou, a global travel technology company that leads the market in online reputation management and review monitoring. Originally joining the company as Vice President of Sales for the Americas and Australia, he led TrustYou’s global sales initiatives and was responsible for developing the go-to-market strategy. Connolly also previously served as senior sales director for Cvent, where he led the meetings and groups sales team. During his time at Cvent, he proved himself to be a forward-thinking sales leader, instilling a keen understanding within his team of the relationship between sales and marketing. Prior to this, Connolly was the director of sales and marketing for Aramark, a global provider of food services, facilities and uniforms to the travel industry. Connolly is a frequent speaker on industry related topics and business intelligence products around the globe. Based in San Diego, CA, he holds a degree from Hyde Park, NY’s Culinary Institute of America.

Recent Posts

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Shifting From High-Volume Bookings to High-Profit Bookings for All-Inclusives

When it comes to measuring all-inclusive hotel performance, it’s common to look at the occupancy rate alongside other key performance indicators (KPIs), such as revenue per available room (RevPAR),... Read More

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The Rising Popularity of All-Inclusive Resorts

For decades after their introduction in the 1950s, all-inclusive resorts grew in popularity among budget-conscious vacationers seeking hassle-free getaways. While their popularity dropped during the... Read More

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How Business Intelligence Connects Revenue Management and the Hotel Ecosystem

The data and analytics capabilities of a hotel business intelligence (BI) tool provide foundational support for today’s cutting-edge revenue management solutions. Working together, they have a... Read More

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Knowledge is the Key to Hotel Business Intelligence (Facts are Great but Insights Hold the Value)

A hotel’s competitive edge is shaped by business intelligence (BI). Forrester reports that although 74 percent of businesses want to be “data driven,” only 29 percent are actually successful at... Read More

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Better Hotel Guest Data = Better Hotel Guest Insights

“More isn’t always better, Linus. Sometimes it’s just more.” ~ Sabrina Fairchild, Sabrina (1995) Read More

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The Art & Science of BI for Hotels

Business intelligence (BI) for hotels can be complex because it incorporates multiple disciplines. In a nutshell, BI allows hotels to capture data from internal and external sources (e.g. benchmarks... Read More

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The Changing Landscape of Hotel Channel Costs (Airbnb May Now Be in The Mix)

With rapid technology innovations and customer expectations shifting in new directions, the hotel sector is in a constant state of flux. And that includes the channels hotels use to sell rooms to... Read More

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