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Mr. Beaubien

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien

President & CEO, Groupize Solutions

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien is the founder and CEO of Groupize, the easy to use, end-to-end platform for Corporate Simple Meetings. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has enjoyed a 25-year career in the travel industry which has included experiences co-founding a Rafting company, working for the Montreal CVB or serving in executive positions for major group tour operators including Yankee Holidays and Group Voyagers Inc. (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and more). His hands on planning experience, combined with his understanding of the various travel technology fuels his passion to bring efficiencies to the difficult processes involved in sourcing and managing groups and simple meetings for planners and hotels. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has won various awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec, Best Emerging Technology at PhoCusWright (2013) and Top 25 Most Influential Person in Business Travel (2017) and is currently a member of the GBTA Meetings Committee.

He wants Groupize to be the Travel Technology that finally cracks the small groups and simple meetings nut and provide the game changing solutions the industry desperately needs.  His passion is to bring constant innovation and remove enough friction in order for the industry to fall in love with groups and meetings.

Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has held various board seats such as the Canadian Tourism Commission Leisure Advisory Board, the Starwood Leisure Advisory Board, and the Gloucester DMO. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has won various awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec and Best Emerging Technology at PhoCusWright (2013), and Top 25 Most Influential Person in Business Travel (2017).  He credits his education in Entrepreneurship from Bishop's University in Quebec and l'E.S.S.C.A. (Ecole Superieur des Science Commerciales d'Anger). Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien is currently a member of the GBTA Meetings Committee.

 


Please visit www.groupizesolutions.com for more information.

Mr. Beaubien can be contacted at 508-332-7319 or charles@groupize.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.