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Mr. Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

VP Product Innovation & Brand Services, Hilton Worldwide

Jonathan Wilson leads a team of the best professionals in the industry to provide global product innovation and brand definition in food and beverage, spa and wellness, rooms division, and meeting and public spaces for 14 worldwide brands. In addition, he is responsible for pursuing the development of strategic opportunities in innovation through creative partner solutions, talent exposure and a fostered environment. Prior to Joining Hilton Worldwide in May of 2015, Mr. Wilson spent 15 years at Princess Cruises, the number one cruise line in the premium market segment and fourth largest cruise line in the world. As vice president, guest food and beverage experience, product development and hotel analysis, Mr. Wilson led the team that creates and delivers the food, beverage, bar, lounge, and dining experiences for guests and crew through guest culinary, dining and beverage services. He was responsible for guiding product development in the areas of culinary, dining and beverage services, through newbuild initiatives, revitalization efforts, capital expenditure, crew engagement and product relevance of Asia source markets. The goal of his team was to create onboard offerings that drive new demand and build customer loyalty while maximizing onboard revenue, cost control, operational efficiencies. Mr. Wilson's positions within Princess Cruises included director of culinary operations, director of hotel operations, vice president of hotel operations for newbuild and product development, and vice president of hotel operations food & beverage and product development. Before joining Princess Cruises, Mr. Wilson held management positions at the Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management where he led the Educational Division of the Belvoir Park Swiss Hotel School as well as functional hotel and food and beverage operations; The Palace of the Lost City in South Africa, and the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa in Maui, Hawaii where his career as a Chef de Cuisine afforded him the opportunity to cook for celebrities, dignitaries and peers. Starting as a chef by trade with an apprenticeship from the Grove Park Inn and Country Club in North Carolina, Mr. Wilson also earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. Originally from Indiana, Mr. Wilson continues to enjoy traveling the world and now lives with his wife and three daughters in Leesburg, VA.

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Mr. Wilson can be contacted at 703-883-1000 or jonathan.wilson@hilton.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.