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Mr. Mueller

Markus Mueller

Vice President Global Sales, Worldhotels

Markus Mueller is a sales expert with extensive experience working with hotel groups and chains and considerable international experience. Most recently before joining Worldhotels, Mr. Mueller was Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He was responsible for all aspects of brand marketing and sales for 18 new hotel projects and eight operating hotels. He has also served as Head of Brand Relaunch at InterContinentalHotels Group, where he managed a global brand relaunch for 126 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Asia Pacific. Having held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at several hotels, he has experienced firsthand what support hotels need in their efforts to drive local and global sales. Mr. Mueller holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK. Worldhotels announced Mr. Mueller's new position during the Annual Conference in January 2015 as part of a stronger sales focus for the group. In this role, Mr. Mueller works closely with Worldhotels' global sales teams to develop new strategies as well as maximize all current sales efforts. Mr. Mueller also oversees the group's 'Check 5' programme, a bundle of initiatives designed to help Worldhotels' affiliate hotels build their sales intelligence. He is based in the group's head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Mueller is a German national, but has lived and worked in many cities around the world, including Singapore, London, New Delhi, and Aruba.

Please visit www.worldhotels.com for more information.

Mr. Mueller can be contacted at 49 69 66056 259 or mmueller@worldhotels.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.