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Mr. Kish

Carl Kish

Co-Founder, STOKE Certified

After four years of research and development with Co-Founder Dr. Jess Ponting, Carl Kish created STOKE Certified — the world's first sustainable tourism certification program for surf and ski tourism operators. Equipped with the sector-specific knowledge and tools to empower businesses who want to embrace sustainability, he is committed to progressing the riding culture with a future-proof perspective.

Mr. Kish has developed sustainability management systems for Tavarua Island Resort, Fiji; Casa Tucan Hotel, Costa Rica; Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii; and Mt Ashland Ski Area, Oregon. Currently he is the Project Manager for the development of Olas Verdes Resort in Nosara, Costa Rica — a LEED Certified project.

Having completed the Global Reporting Initiative Certified Sustainability Reporting Course (G4), as well as the Green Globe Certified Auditor Course, Mr. Kish is well-versed in the benchmarking, certification, and sustainability reporting processes.

As the former Content Strategist for a web and graphic design firm, Made by Grizzly, Mr. Kish also possesses the creative skills to design beautiful print and online sustainability reports that are engaging and easily digestible for the public. 

Mr. Kish graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Management.

Mr. Kish can be contacted at 925-260-6369 or carl@stokecertified.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.