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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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The Fundamental Problem with Hotel Group Revenue Management

“The meetings and events industry is thriving,” says Issa Jouaneh, senior VP and GM of American Express Meetings & Events. Companies are recognizing that meetings engender growth within their... Read More

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Why Group Business is so Valuable for Hotels

While transient business often generates the most discussion among hotel owners, group business plays a vital role in your hotel’s success. Meetings generated 300 million room nights in 2016, and... Read More

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Revenue Management for All-Inclusive Hotels: It’s Both a Marathon and a Sprint

Modern all-inclusive resorts are transitioning from revenue management (RM) strategies based solely around optimizing package rates, to more comprehensive approaches that take ancillary revenue... Read More

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Best Metrics for Revenue Managers at All-Inclusives to Focus On

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Read More

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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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