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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.