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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 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.