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Mr. Dyer

Andrew Dyer

Vice President of Global Supply, Egencia

Andrew Dyer is Vice President of Global Supply - Lodging at Egencia, where he is responsible for leading Egencia's supplier relations group and overseeing lodging, media, consulting and insurance. Mr. Dyer has been with Expedia, Inc. since 2006, previously serving as Senior Director, Legal where he was the primary legal counsel for Expedia Global Tour & Transport Group.

Prior to that, Mr. Dyer served as Director of Strategy & Business Development for Expedia's Lodging Partner Services group, where he helped lead the development and launch of the Expedia Traveler Preference program. Earlier in his career at Expedia, Mr. Dyer was Corporate Counsel, Expedia Legal & Corporate Affairs, where he supported Egencia and the Expedia Lodging Partner Services group.

Prior to joining Expedia in 2006, Mr. Dyer was an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and holds an MACD in Commercial Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Mr. Dyer is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Please visit https://www.egencia.com/public/us/ for more information.

Mr. Dyer can be contacted at 866-816-3534 or adyer@expedia.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.