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Mr. Metivier

Pascal Metivier

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OpenWays

Pascal Metivier is widely recognized within the global hospitality industry and the security industry as a specialist in hotel security, responsible for several of the security technology patents now in existence. In 2009 he launched OpenWays as the hospitality industry's first global provider of mobile-based access-management solutions. With 17-plus years of electronic-lock/door hardware and access management expertise, Mr. Metivier developed a way for consumers worldwide to use any of the 5.5 billion cell phones on the market today (any network and any OS standards) as a mobile room key. Prior to founding OpenWays, Mr. Metivier served as President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality EMEA and Latin America, parent company of VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox, Uniquey and SafePlace companies. In addition to his leadership role he also led a major NFC mobile phone initiative that earned the title: “The Best NFC Service of the Year 2008” by The NFC Forum. Before joining ASSA ABLOY, Mr. Metivier served as Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Onity Inc. (formerly TESA Entry Systems), a global provider of electronic locking systems and energy management systems. He was largely responsible for leading the company's sales growth and re-branding initiative. He also made key contributions in leadership positions with CISA Security Products, CISATRON LTD, CISA Spa and SECURIDEV/FONTAINE. Mr. Metivier resides in Paris, France, with his wife and three daughters.

Mr. Metivier can be contacted at 33685622306 or pmetivier@openways.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.