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Mr. Chao

Daniel Chao

General Manager, Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central

Daniel Chao is the General Manager of Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central. The Novotel Nanjing Central is located in the center of downtown Nanjing and caters for business and leisure travelers, while the Novotel Nanjing East is perfect for business travelers and has large versatile facilities for conferences and events. He is responsible for aspects of daily operations, sales and marketing and strategic planning. Prior to moving to Nanjing he was General Manager of hotels in Beijing, China and Africa. Mr. Chao's 24 year hospitality industry career began as a university student working part-time in restaurants. This evolved into restaurant management and eventually to hotel management. Daniel has always been fascinated by the duality of hotel management- with its creative, artistic side combined with its rigorous financial aspects - “It's great to be able to develop concepts and services then see how those creations generate real measurable results”. Working primarily internationally Mr. Chao has exercised his profession in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America which has given him great insights into what aspects of the industry are truly universal and what aspects need to be significantly tailored to fit local teams and consumers. Mr. Chao holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and an MBA from ESSEC University, Paris, France. Daniel is married and has two sons. In his free time he is a voracious reader of anything on topics ranging from management, to mathematics, popular science, history and fiction.

Mr. Chao can be contacted at +86 138 5158 0660 or danielchao@outlook.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.