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Mr. Hoare

Mark Hoare

Partner, The Prism Partnership

Mark Hoare has over 30 years hospitality and hospitality technology experience within the European and North American marketplaces. Drawing upon his hotel operations and management career with companies such as The Savoy Group, Royal Classic Hotels, Sheraton and Disney, he made the transition into hotel technology in the early 90's. With Hotel Information Systems he rose through a series of positions culminating in the role of General Manager Western Europe. Later he moved to the United States and focused his attentions on Central Reservations and Distribution technologies by joining Anasazi, which later became Pegasus Solutions. At Pegasus he held VP of Product Management positions with P/L responsibilities for both their Reservations and Distribution business lines. In his most recent corporate position he was SVP of Travel Cruise & Hospitality with IBS. In 2005, while still fully involved in the corporate world, Mr. Hoare founded his own consulting and services company as a means to further contribute to the hospitality industry. In 2007 he transitioned into full-time consulting becoming a partner with The Prism Partnership where he now draws upon all of his hotel operations, management and technology experience to bridge the gap that so often exists between these primary areas. Mr. Hoare is passionate about the development of new business solutions and complementary technologies that result in more efficient and cost contained hotel operations, and also with breakthrough technology solutions that remove legacy barriers to the flow of electronic commerce between hotel suppliers and the distributors of their products. A long standing member of industry organizations such as HTNG, HSMAI, HEDNA and HFTP, Mr. Hoare frequently presents at their conferences and also regularly contributes articles to the industry press. Born and educated in England, Mr. Hoare has traveled and worked extensively throughout: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and for the last nineteen years has been based in the United States where he currently resides with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Please visit www.theprismpartnership.com for more information.

Mr. Hoare can be contacted at 404-424-9258 or mhoare@theprismpartnership.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.