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Mr. Patterson

Drew Patterson

Co-Founder & CEO, CheckMate

Drew Patterson is the co-founder and CEO of CheckMate the leading travel technology company building hotel communications tools to deliver a better guest experience.

From before check-in through departure, CheckMate's tools enable hotels and their guests to have a two-way conversation through any means of communication - email, text, or a native app. CheckMate's mobile tools improve every facet of the guest experience - from a mobile check-in that avoids a wait at the front desk and deals on room upgrades to alerts when one's room is ready. Through partnerships with hotels, OTAs and TMCs, CheckMate has improved the travel experience of over 500,000 travelers staying at over 51,000 hotels.

Mr. Patterson is also the CEO of Room 77, a position he's held since the hotel search engine acquired CheckMate in January of 2013. He previously co-founded Jetsetter, which he helped grow from an idea to nearly $100 million annual bookings run rate. He was also part of the founding team at KAYAK and served in a variety of key leadership roles from 2004 to 2009.

Mr. Patterson helped to reshape the online travel landscape by evolving the distribution model and increasing industry and consumer awareness around the value of “search” in travel.

Please visit checkmate.io for more information.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 415-849-3537 or drew@checkmate.io

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.