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Ms. White

Bronwyn White

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, My Travel Research.com

Bronwyn White is the CEO and co-founder of MyTravelResearch.com a research firm that specializes in the travel and tourism sector. She is also content manager of the industry acclaimed MyTravelResearch.com Premium membership website. The site scans and curates the most current travel research and marketing trends letting travel and tourism professionals focus energies in marketing, development or planning to make better-informed to build businesses and tourism economies.

Ms. White comes with 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry in the areas of market research, sales and marketing. Having worked for and consulted to big and small travel and tourism companies from Qantas Airways, Tourism Australia, Emirates, Industry Associations to small regional tourism destinations, she brings an insight that only skin in the tourism game can deliver.

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

Ms. White can be contacted at 61-(0) 408-225-766 or bronwyn@mytravelresearch.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.