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Mr. van Meerendonk

Paul van Meerendonk

Director of Advisory Services, IDeaS Revenue Solutions

As Director of Advisory Services for IDeaS Revenue Solutions, Paul van Meerendonk leads a global team of revenue management advisors who are focused on hotel revenue optimization projects.

Mr. van Meerendonk is currently responsible for the global development, management and operations of the Advisory Services team and overseeing the hiring, training and management of industry-leading consultants located in London, Beijing, Singapore and Atlanta, as well as growing the consulting team in line with business opportunities.

Mr. van Meerendonk also represents IDeaS on industry thought-leadership initiatives related to trends and best practices within revenue management, including authoring a number of white papers, conducting public speaking engagements, as well as leading key client webinars with an average audience of over 200 global representatives.

During his time with IDeaS, Mr. van Meerendonk has successfully led several high-profile consulting projects for key clients and hotel groups in gateway cities, resort destinations and regional hubs. These include pre-opening market studies, price and product repositioning, performance analysis, mentoring, audits, process and procedure development and a variety of other revenue management engagements. On behalf of IDeaS, Mr. van Meerendonk has also worked with some of the leading hotel brands around the world to develop their revenue management capabilities and cultures. This included support with the creation of revenue management for hire programs, producing revenue management development roadmaps and improving price and product optimization through the implementation of advanced analytical capabilities.

Mr. van Meerendonk started his hotel career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he was active in Sales & Marketing and Revenue Management roles in Europe and Asia including corporate and regional positions. He also worked as Asset Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in London where he was responsible for asset managing several branded hotels throughout the UK and Europe on behalf of clients.

Mr. van Meerendonk is multilingual, fluent in English and Dutch as well as speaking German and French. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Economics from the Amsterdam School of Business, is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt and is currently Vice Chair for the HSMAI Europe Revenue Management Advisory Board. 

Mr. van Meerendonk can be contacted at +44 (0) 118-82-8100 or paul.vanmeerendonk@ideas.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.