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Ms. Ippolito-Craven

Francesca A. Ippolito-Craven

Shareholder, Kubicki Draper

Francesca A. Ippolito-Craven is a Shareholder and Hospitality Practice Group Co-Chair in the Miami, Florida office of Kubicki Draper, a full service law firm which provides representation to its clients throughout the State of Florida and the Southern parts of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Ms. Ippolito-Craven's practice involves representing owners, operators, developers, contractors and franchisees of hotels, resorts, vacation clubs, restaurants, health clubs and spas, and bars and night clubs in hospitality and associated retail and vendor related operational and management issues, transactional matters and litigation. Throughout her career, she has drafted, negotiated and litigated various operational, vendor, event and artist agreements. Additionally, she has handled lawsuits involving liquor liability, event sponsorship, sexual assault, security, premises liability, products liability, toxic and hazardous substances, foodborne illnesses and construction. Ms. Ippolito-Craven has written numerous articles and lectured to hotel executives, operators, managers, general counsel and security personnel, and their insurers, on a variety of hospitality related legal issues. Since 2010, she has co-authored the Florida section of the nationally published Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Publishers).

She is actively involved in, and a member of, international and national hospitality associations and organizations, including the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality. Ms. Ippolito-Craven is member of, and on the Board of Directors for, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.

She is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

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

Ms. Ippolito-Craven can be contacted at 305-982-6604 or fic@kubickidraper.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.