Six-week instructor-led virtual classroom series
Middle East Schedule:

Tuesday, 1st October 2024 to 5 November 2024 at 2:00PM GST

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Have you ever wondered if you are using the appropriate marketing strategies to hit revenue goals for your hotel(s) and/or organization?  Or are you unsure of the common terms used within hospitality digital marketing?

Acquire a better understanding of the hospitality digital marketing concepts, tools, and techniques you need to know in 2024 by participating in a live collaborative education experience over 6 weeks.

Learners will be able to confidently find their way through the complex web of hotel digital marketing and come away with key knowledge to work more skillfully with internal teams and external partners to grow sales. Participants will also gain the skills and knowledge in preparation for the Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer (CHDM) exam.

Hotel Digital Marketing Essentials Series

The course(s) are designed over a six-week consecutive time period, segmented by digital marketing topic area.


15 minute video on the history and key milestones of hospitality marketing

Week One

Introduction and definitions of Paid, Owned and Earned Media The Marketing Funnel, Conversion Formula and Buyer Journey Business, Customer and Marketing Strategies

Week Two

Owned Media

  • Hotel Website – Content, Imagery, SEO and Merchandising
  • SEO
  • Booking Engine

Week Three

Owned Media (Continued)

  • CRM
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty and Recognition
  • Tracking and Analytics

Week Four

Earned Media

  • Social
  • Public Relations
  • Reputation Management
  • Influencers
  • Tracking and Analytics

Week Five

Paid Media

  • Search
  • Display
  • Native Advertising
  • Meta
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Tracking and Analytics

Week Six

Distribution Landscape

  • OTAs – Models and Strategies
  • Tracking and Analytics

Vendor Management


Wrap Up

Note: All live virtual sessions will take place from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm GMT, every Tuesday. If unable to attend any of the sessions, a recording of the session will be provided to participants upon conclusion of each session.

This course is designed for hospitality professionals who work directly or indirectly with the marketing of  hotel(s) who seek to acquire a firm understanding of hotel digital marketing and/or those seeking support to obtain the Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer (CHDM) credentials.

Hoteliers from branded or independent property level, regional, or corporate level

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Ecommerce
  • Revenue Managers
  • Revenue Strategists
  • Asset Managers/Owners
  • Regional Operations
  • General Managers

In addition to hoteliers, those who support hotels

  • Hospitality Supplier/Vendor/Partner Sales and Account Manager

Course Length
6 Weeks

Live virtual course will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday for six consecutive weeks (all sessions will be recorded).

2-3 hours a week

Participants will be encouraged to spend at least a minimum amount of time each week dedicated to course reading, attendance in the 90-minute live web session, and practice activities to ensure knowledge capture.

100% online, instructor-led

Small class sizes ensure personalized attention and interaction.

Participants are encouraged to turn on their web cams during the course.

The registration fee includes web series attendance and include a copy of the Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer (CHDM) study guide, Hospitality Digital Marketing Essentials: A Field Guide for Navigating Today’s Digital Landscape.

Registration Fee*: HSMAI members $425, nonmembers $450

*The fee for the HDME classes is a separate fee from the CHDM certification fee.  The CHDM certification fee is $450 for HSMAI members and $625 for non-members – Those who complete the HDME series are entitled to a $75 discount on the CHDM certification fee. 

This course will be presented by devoted HSMAI volunteer leaders, Dan Wacksman and Holly Zoba, the previous HSMAI Marketing Advisory Board chairs. Holly and Dan have been recently recognized by HSMAI as one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization. In addition to their leadership in industry, they continue to contribute to the HSMAI Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer (CHDM) program and study guide.

Dan Wacksman, CHDM, CHBA, CRME
Sassato, Principal

With over 20 years of senior level experience in hotel marketing and travel distribution, Dan Wacksman has recently launched a new company, Sassato, to help hotels and travel related businesses to improve their performance in marketing, distribution, technology, and implementations.  Prior to this, Dan was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw Marketing, Digital, Loyalty/CRM, Contact Center Operations, OTA relationships, and overall distribution strategy. Previous roles include Managing Director for GTA China and Regional Director for GTA Asia, where he had overall responsibility for offices throughout the region (at the time GTA was one of the world’s largest wholesalers),  General Manager of, an Online Travel Agency based in Beijing, and Director of Strategic Development for Travelport where he was involved in acquisitions and strategic initiatives.  Dan currently teaches a digital marketing class at the University of Hawaii and is a frequent speaker at industry events.



Holly Zoba, CHDM
Scout Simply, Principal

Holly Zoba has 15 years of experience in hotel Sales and Marketing, with Hospitality Partners and the Aurora Foundation, both in property level and corporate roles.  She has also spent the last 10 years in hotel training and development as the SVP of Signature Worldwide and now as the architect of Influencer Sales Training.  Recently she received a certification as a full stack web developer, MERN stack, and has contributed to the development of several web applications.  Her company, Scout Simply, provides digital sales training through her Influencer Sales program as well as sales and marketing employee development through education, coaching, consulting and audits.  Holly is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has also authored multiple articles in industry publications.

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