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Mr. Robinson

Kevin Robinson

COO & Managing Partner, Aparium Hotel Group

A Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Aparium Hotel Group, Mr. Robinson Robinson spent decades in the corporate world and naturally appreciates and understands the structure of a mature organization. However, as he continued his work in the hospitality industry, he became frustrated with the sameness this created.

Mr. Robinson was determined to build a worldwide structure that would ensure consistent levels of service through individual personality. It was clear that this thought process would easily compliment emerging destinations that are rich in history and culture but lack hotels that capitalize on those elements.

Mr. Robinson has a hard time removing himself from the operations of a hotel and works directly with all staff as he wants to make sure Aparium's culture is not lost in translation. He oversees the operation of the company and those individuals in the corporate office responsible for the property level operations. Mr. Robinson brings entrepreneurial ideation and finesse to the idea of “Translocal Hospitality,” immersing and interweaving the brand's independent hotels and onsite restaurants into each community.

Mr. Robinson established a wealth of experience and knowledge living and working abroad, with distinctive stints at some of the world's finest full-service and luxury hotels. He has opened numerous hotels, led massive renovations, and assisted with multiple brand/ownership transitions. His leadership resulted in world renowned accolades in every luxury hotel that managed, including the Elysian Hotel Chicago for which he positioned at the top of the luxury bracket, in a market already home to well-known high-end hospitality brands. A career, which began through the need for an overnight job while working his way through the University of Denver, Mr. Robinson took advantage of the right opportunities at the right moments.

An adventure seeker that is always looking to try something new and wants to improve everything, Mr. Robinson finds his zen in the great outdoors, enjoying the simple things of life. He is actively involved on several board positions and a non-profit organization which he co-founded.

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

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 312-275-1078 or kevin@aparium.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.