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Mr. Hogan

Gary Hogan

Chief Executive Officer, Hogan Hospitality Group

Gary Hogan is CEO of Hogan Hospitality Group, a hotel management company with a portfolio of properties in Hawaii (under Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts) and across the continental U.S. (under Marin Management Inc.).

A second-generation hospitality executive, Mr. Hogan has more than 40 years of experience in hotel management and ownership born from the Hogan family enterprise, which pioneered travel and tourism in Hawaii. Mr. Hogan began his career at Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, the travel company founded by his parents, Ed and Lynn Hogan, which served more than 400,000 annual visitors to Hawaii in the 1990s. He is CEO of Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts, which owns and operates Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui and Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii Island. Under Mr. Hogan's leadership, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts began managing Kauai Shores Hotel in 2017 and achieved record-breaking growth during its first year.

In 2018, Mr. Hogan led the acquisition of Marin Management Inc., a California-based hotel management operation with more than 25 branded and independent hotels in California, Arizona, Texas and Wyoming. He is also founder and president of Royal Pacific Air, a luxury private air charter company with a fleet of aircrafts serving five Hawaiian islands. Mr. Hogan is a member of the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association, Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization. He also serves on the board of the Pacific Aviation Museum and Chaminade University, where he founded the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program in 2001 to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through education.

Since 1998, the Hogan Family Foundation has gifted over $100 million to educational and humanitarian causes in the U.S.

Please visit http://www.hoganhospitalitygroup.com for more information.

Mr. Hogan can be contacted at +1 808-599-6912 or gary@hoganhospitalitygroup.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.