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Ms. Takeuchi

Yunna Takeuchi

Managing Director, evolution Distribution

Yunna Takeuchi is Managing Director at evolution Distribution, a pioneering hotel distribution and reservation technology company that innovates solutions for high quality independent hotels and small to medium hotel chains that want to stand out from the competition and level up to the bigger chains with massive budgets. With over 15 years of hotel sales & marketing, distribution and technology under her belt, Ms. Takeuchi is responsible for evolution's product innovation; in an industry where most technology products become commoditised very quickly, Ms. Takeuchi never conforms and is always searching for an angle that can lead evolution Distribution to invent the systems of the future. Her current goal is to create the best hotel website-booking engine hybrids in the world. evolution Distribution was born in November 2010 as the technology arm of Great Hotels of the World, where Ms. Takeuchi worked as Director of e-Commerce & Distribution for 6 years. evolution has now flourished into one of the world's leading hotel distribution & reservation technology innovators.

Please visit www.evolutiondistribution.com for more information.

Ms. Takeuchi can be contacted at 44-0-20-7380-8555 or more@evodist.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.