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Max Starkov

Adjunct Professor NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and Hospitality & Online Travel Tech Consultant

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Max Starkov is a hospitality and online travel industry technologist, consultant and digital strategist with 20 plus years of experience in hospitality technology and digital marketing, hotel online distribution and revenue management, OTA channel management, hotel CRM and branding strategies.

Until recently, Max was the Founder, President & CEO and more recently, Founder and Board Director at NextGuest (formerly HEBS Digital) in New York City, the hospitality industry’s leading digital consulting, technology, CRM and marketing firm with 150 employees and offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

For over 20 years now, as a hospitality and online travel industry expert-consultant with all major expert knowledge networks, Max has consulted Wall Street analysts and investment bankers worldwide on the online travel marketplace, hospitality industry, online travel agencies (OTAs) like Booking Holdings, Expedia, Trip, HRS, etc.; bed banks like Hotelbeds.com; metasearch players like TripAdvisor, Kayak.com, Trivago; on Google Travel (Ex. Google Hotel Ads); Social media travel advertising (ex. Facebook's Travel Ads) and Amazon's travel initiatives.

Insights by Max Starkov (137)

Do we need a new revenue management toolkit for 2021?

Let's remind everyone what the primary goal of revenue management (RM) is: to ensure that the property sells the right product to the right customer at the right time for the right price on the right channel.

How big of a threat to the hospitality industry is Airbnb’s upcoming IPO?

Welcome to 2020. Airbnb is part of the hospitality industry already. Get over it. I hope IPO cash might help them ease Expedia and Booking's oligopolistic power. I hope IPO cash might have them boost a faster global return to travel.

How to keep your direct guests and steer the traveler booking motivations away from the OTAs?

A recent study conducted by Expedia Group claimed travelers are 57 percent more likely to book a hotel via an OTA than before the pandemic, as a result of emerging traveler booking motivations such a.

Amazon Explore - Is This Another Attempt to Enter the Travel Industry?

Amazon has tried unsuccessfully to tackle the online travel space twice in the past. Back in 2013-2015, Amazon attempted to do this “organically” with its ill-conceived Amazon Local and Amazon Destinations.

Can Hoteliers Afford to Ignore Google in the Post-Crisis Era?

With all the heated discussions about Google dominating travel and increasing calls by industry pundits and experts to lessen hospitality's dependency on the search giant, one thing is for certain: cash-strapped hoteliers today simply cannot just pause or abandon their marketing presence on Google.
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