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Mr. Fein

Lewis Fein

CEO, Lewis Fein Communications

Lewis Fein is an analyst and writer about the hotel industry. His insights, gathered during many years of travel and correspondence with hotel executives from a variety of resorts and business destinations, afford Mr. Fein a more iconoclastic approach to discussing the importance of leadership among hoteliers. That approach extends to his work on behalf of Clear Sky Recovery, with its emphasis on customized and compassionate patient care.

Mr. Fein's work on behalf of individual hotels and assorted brands - including, respectively, technology companies, health and wellness consultants, independent retailers, and makers of fashion and lifestyle accessories - gives him a heightened appreciation for the way strong leaders can inspire patrons and staff alike.

A former speechwriter, Mr. Fein understands the importance of language, its nuances and precision, as well as its call to action and summons to greatness. The words are but one part of a twofold basis of leadership, followed by deeds of intelligence and wisdom. Applying those principles in a practical way is an inseparable element of the duties Mr. Fein performs, resulting in favorable media coverage for the companies he represents and the counsel he provides for many executives and entrepreneurs.

A graduate of Brandeis University, with a concentration in Politics and History, Mr. Fein also has a law degree from The Emory University School of Law. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Fein can be contacted at 310-746-7771 or feinlewis@gmail.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.