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Mr. Zuri

Erich Zuri

General Manager, Munich Marriott Hotel

Erich Zuri joined the Munich Marriott Hotel as General Manager in 2014 where he heads the upscale property in the heart of Munich featuring 348 guest rooms, 14 suites, multiple dining options, a spa & health club, and modern meeting, event and conference spaces. Mr. Zuri brings over three decades of excellence in the hospitality industry to this post in one of Germany's most popular travel and meetings destinations. After graduating from HOSPA in Switzerland at the beginning of his professional life he built his career on both sides of the Pond, holding positions in the US and across Europe. He kicked things off in Washington DC where he served as the Food & Beverage Director at the Mayflower Hotel and then at the Madison Hotel before moving up to the General Manager spot at the State Plaza Hotel and Suites also in the US Capital city. Mr. Zuri then took the helm as the General Manager at the Renaissance Arlington Hotel in Virginia before returning to Europe in 1994 to assume the role of General Manager at the Renaissance Prague. At this property he was awarded Hotelier of the Year in the Czech Republic in 1997. From 1999 to 2006 Mr. Zuri held the office of vice president of CTF Hotels and Resorts, which includes 72 luxury hotel and resorts in North America and Europe. Following that, he joined Marriott Hotels to serve as the General Manager at the Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel, and acted as General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Brussels.

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Mr. Zuri can be contacted at 49-89-360-020 or erich.zuri@marriott.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.