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Mr. Bergkvist

Jan Peter Bergkvist

Owner, SleepwellAB

Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist has been active in the field of Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality in industry since the early nineties. 15 years with Scandic with the last 9 years in an executive management position including 4 years with Hilton International in the role of Director of Environmental Sustainability.

In January 2009 Mr. Bergkvist stepped back from his position as Vice President Sustainable Business at Scandic to a role of senior advisor working in his own business SleepWell AB. In 2010 he published the book Sustainability in Practice - a fast guide for business leaders.

Since 2010 SleepWell is running the secretariat of Sweden Textile Water Initiative, stwi.se one of the largest public-private partnerships in Sweden. STWI is founded by the leading actors in the Swedish textile industry and supported by the government. The mission is to create guide lines for and promote sustainable water use for textile production in developing countries.

Mr Bergkvist is a director of the board of Ecolabelling Sweden (the Nordic Swan) and SIWI, Stockholm International Water Institute. He also serves as chairman of the Stockholm Water Prize Founders Council and Swedish Artists for the Environment. He is a member of the advisory panel of International Tourism Partnership in London, ITP.

Mr Bergkvist has recently started a new sustainability project in southern France. In a recently acquired medieval house he has begun a total restoration with only sustainable techniques and materials. Once the house is fully restored it will serve as a test laboratory for a sustainable B&B with the ambition to combine the latest sustainability practices from different corners of the world. The soft opening will commence during 2017.

Mr. Bergkvist can be contacted at 46766336868 or janpeter.bergkvist@sleepwell.nu

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.