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Mr. Bailey

Jonathan Bailey

Founder, i.d.e.a.

Jonathan Bailey has nearly 30 years of direct experience in the marketing communications industry, with an emphasis in the hospitality industry. His leadership is sought after by brands looking for insight, strategy, direction and just plain truth. He leads the relationships team at i.d.e.a., which focuses the firm's attention on its brand partners - present, past and future. Mr. Bailey brings to brands an unusual integrated perspective earned by working in both the public relations and advertising disciplines. As an early pioneer in integration, Mr. Bailey saw clarity in breaking down barriers between marketing functions, and instead focused on how one strategic brand idea can succeed across multiple platforms. Brands such as KSL Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Visit Newport Beach, and the Santa Catalina Island Company have all benefited from Mr. Bailey's cross-platform brand focus. Over the years, Mr. Bailey has received more than 100 top honors for outstanding creative work from various advertising, public relations and communications organizations and industry groups. He is chairman of TAAN Global, the independent marketing agency network, as has served as guest instructor at the University of California at San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism. He past chairman and currently serves on the board of SDX (formerly San Diego Ad Club), and is past president of the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego Chapter. Mr. Bailey was appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer as a San Diego City Commissioner for Arts and Culture, and sits on the boards of the Balboa Park Conservancy and the Balboa Park Trust. In addition to his normal workday, Mr. Bailey nurtures and expresses his creativity as a travel writer for San Diego Magazine, Hilton Mom Voyage and The Jet Set Family, among others.

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Mr. Bailey can be contacted at 619-295-8232 or jonb@theideabrand.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.