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Mr. Cooper

Mark Cooper

Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Conference Centers

Mark Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of IACC brings 25 years of experience in the global meetings industry working for both U.S.- and U.K.-based organizations, in a number of leadership roles requiring a sales and marketing specialism.

With an extensive background, Mr. Cooper has held senior posts with respected conference center operators and global third party agencies, including Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Sundial Group, ConferenceDirect and Warwick Conferences.

Mr. Cooper joined IACC in 2012 to deliver the strategic plan of IACC which includes building strategic international relationships and continuing to provide our members with the services and benefits they have come to value over the years.

Mr. Cooper has until recently held positions on both the European and Global Boards of IACC and has been an active member in the association for 15 years.

Mr. Cooper brings a long-standing passion and excellent past experience in championing the meetings experience and it is his role to develop and expand IACC globally and encourage membership expansion by providing new and exciting benefits. IACC aims to engage new people, in new environments and even new countries.

Members that make up the community of IACC are an incredibly exciting group of impassioned experts and ambassadors and the association engages with many related organisations and cements its reputation as the Thought Leader of the Meetings Industry. VISION: ?IACC is a community of passionate people and organizations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.

?The International Association of Conference Centres is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities. There are meetings and there are IACC Meetings.

Please visit http://www.iacconline.org for more information.

Mr. Cooper can be contacted at +44 07824640624 or mcooper@iacconline.org

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.