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Mr. Saunders

Tedd Saunders

Chief Sustainability Officer, The Saunders Hotel Group

Tedd Saunders is Chief Sustainability Officer of The Saunders Hotel Group, President of EcoLogical Solutions, and Co-Owner of The Lenox Hotel and hotels along the Eastern Seaboard of The United States. Saunders Hotel Group is a fourth generation family business based in Boston. Often credited with pioneering luxury, urban ecotourism worldwide in 1989, he and his team continue to create game-changing sustainable business models for the world's largest service industry - travel and tourism. In 1992 Mr. Saunders formed EcoLogical Solutions, which has advised The White House, HRH The Prince of Wales' Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Taj Hotels, Choice Hotels and other hotel companies around the globe. With his industry leadership, Saunders Hotel Group has earned numerous prestigious honors including a U.S. Presidential Gold Medal, Energy Star Partner Of The Year Award and British Airways' Tourism for Tomorrow Prize. Feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today and NBC Nightly News praise their trendsetting approach and innovative accomplishments. Mr. Saunders is the author of "The Bottom Line of Green is Black", published by Harper Collins. He sits on the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health and the board of its Center for Health & The Global Environment - as well as the boards of CERES, UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists), Woods Hole Research Center, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and ELM's Corporate Council.

Mr. Saunders can be contacted at 617-.421-.4910 or tsaunders@ecological-solutions.net

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.