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Mr. Dominguez

Michael Dominguez

Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International

Michael Dominguez is the Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International providing oversight of sales strategies in the MICE and leisure segments, including industry relations, diversity sales and MGM Resorts Events & Production Services. Mr. Dominguez oversees a Global Sales team that expands the US, Canada and International destinations. Mr. Dominguez's experience spans 29 years in the hospitality industry ranging from Food & Beverage operations, hotel sales and responsibility for destination sales in Palm Springs, California. This experience has afforded Mr. Dominguez the opportunity to work for numerous hotel management/ownership companies including: Hyatt Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Marcus Hotels, Harbaugh Hotels, Loews Hotels to name a few. He has the unique experience of both an operations background coupled with an extensive sales and marketing responsibility. Mr. Dominguez is actively involved in leadership roles in the Meetings and Events Industry and has served as Chairman for the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International and currently serves on the US Travel Executive Committee. His other volunteer involvement includes being Co-Chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition, GBTA Foundation Board of Directors, HSMA Foundation Board and is a member of the CIC's Accepted Industry Practices Exchange board. Mr. Dominguez has been recognized for his leadership and industry dedication by Successful Meetings Magazine 2013 - 2106 Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, Smart Meetings 25 Smartest Industry Leaders, HSMAI's Top Minds in Sales & Marketing as well as Hispanic Business' 50 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. Mr. Dominguez speaks often at industry events focused on education to the meeting planning community as well as advocating for the value of face to face meetings. He has published numerous articles that are dedicated to raising the business acumen around meetings.

Please visit http://www.mgmresorts.com for more information.

Mr. Dominguez can be contacted at 702-632-7901 or mdominguez@mgmresorts.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.