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Mr. Menis

Michael Menis

Senior vice President, Digital + Voice Channels, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Michael Menis is Senior Vice President, Digital + Voice Channels, for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG). Mr. Menis has global responsibility for leading IHG's digital and voice strategy for the direct commercial channels, including web, mobile and voice. He also leads IHG's global digital marketing and social marketing programs as well as developing the use of emerging digital technologies to enhance the guest experience. In addition, Mr. Menis is responsible for delivering strong direct channels to build preferred brands and establish lifetime relationships, with accountability for more than $6 billion in revenues annually and more than 3,500 employees globally. Previously Mr. Menis served as Vice President for Web & Interactive Marketing at IHG. In this role, he had responsibility for all IHG websites and digital marketing efforts globally including all online, affiliate and mobile marketing as well as global search engine marketing and optimization. He also oversaw the design, development and implementation of all global demand generation programs driving revenue through direct Internet channels and call centers. Mr. Menis joined IHG in 2001 within Global Marketing Services where he was responsible for IHG's global digital marketing program. A 20-year digital veteran, Mr. Menis served as Director, Business Development, Nexchange Corporation, a syndicated e-commerce startup, prior to joining IHG. At Nexchange Corporation, he built an affiliate network reaching over 55% of the Internet viewing audience. Before that, Mr. Menis led corporate Intranet development for MCI Telecommunications, building web applications for employee communications.

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Mr. Menis can be contacted at 44-0-1895-512-000 or michael.menis@ihg.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.