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Mr. Morvant, Jr.

Irby Morvant, Jr.

General Manager, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Irby Morvant Jr. is the general manager at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. A seasoned professional with nearly 30 years' experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Morvant's knowledge and passion for hospitality is invaluable as he leads the hotel through a complete, top-to-bottom renovation planned for completion in summer 2016. Mr. Morvant boasts a 27-year tenure with Hyatt, serving in various sales and leadership roles at properties from coast-to-coast, including multiple Hyatts in Chicago, historic Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, Hyatt Regency Boston and Hyatt Regency New Orleans. In 2007, Mr. Morvant was appointed regional vice president of sales based in Chicago, then moved into the role of general manager at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego prior to joining the team at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Mr. Morvant's passion for ensuring the quality of every touchpoint in the hotel inspires his entire team to contribute their talents to create a tranquil and holistic experience for every guest. He has a special enthusiasm for creating the type of restorative experience that surpasses guest's expectations of an airport hotel. A community man at heart, Mr. Morvant also serves on the boards of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo/Silicon Valley County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He graduated from University of New Orleans before being accepted into Hyatt's Corporate Management Training program. In his free time, Mr. Morvant enjoys exploring the South Bay peninsula with his wife and three children, trying various types of cuisine and doing adventurous outdoor activities.

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Mr. Morvant, Jr. can be contacted at 650-347-1234 or irby.morvant@hyatt.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.